The Leafs came out smoking hot on John Tavares’s 1,000th game, so of course the Capitals scored first.

But in the second period, things improved a little.

David Kämpf did not add point 101:

Zach Aston-Reese got it done against his old division rival:

Final score is 5-1. Seems like that closed-door, players-only meeting worked wonders.

See you on Wednesday for the final game before the break.