Leafs-killer Wilson strikes again as Capitals even series

Tom Wilson scored twice in the first period to lead the Washington Capitals to a 5-4 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs Monday, tying their best-of-seven first-round series 2-2.

Game 5 is Friday in Washington (7 p.m. ET, CBC).

Like in Game 3, the Capitals built up a quick 2-0 lead when T.J. Oshie scored just three minutes into the game, followed by Alex Ovechkin on the power-play 90 seconds later.

But a minute later the Leafs came right back to cut the lead to 2-1 when Zach Hyman deflected Jake Gardiner's point shot past Washington goalie Braden Holtby.

Wilson then scored twice within 2:30 to extend the lead to 4-1.

Toronto winger James van Reimsdyk made it 4-2 with the only goal of the second period, and the Leafs began the third with a two-man advantage for 1:54 but couldn't beat Holtby.

Auston Matthews, the Leafs' star rookie, brought the Leafs within one with eight minutes remaining with his second goal of the post-season, before Oshie's second of the game restored the two-goal lead.

Tyler Bozak then scored with 26.5 seconds remaining and the Leafs' net empty to make it 5-4, but Toronto was unable to get the tying goal to send it to overtime.