It took Adam Mair half a period to do what Todd Warriner struggled to do all season score a goal.
Mair, who was recalled earlier in the day from St. John's of the AHL and didn't arrive in Toronto until 2 1/2 hours before the game, scored his first regular-season NHL goal as the Maple Leafs defeated the Washington Capitals 3-1 Monday night.
"I think I was more exhausted before I could build up any nerves," said Mair, who scored at 11:36 in the first period. "It was a relief to get that early goal because it calmed things down and let me settle into the game."
Warriner, who had only three goals in 18 games, was traded to Tampa Bay on Monday for a third-round pick in 2000.
Mair "played great. He got us going in the first period with a big goal. He works very hard," Perreault said. "(Washington) worked until the end of the game and CuJo made some great saves."
"We had a couple guys that didn't show up for us tonight and it cost us," said Washington coach Ron Wilson. "We need everybody on the same page and tonight they weren't."
"He made a terrific pass through the legs and all I had to do was put my stick on it," said Mair, who played the previous night in Quebec City.
Mair scored a goal for Toronto in the playoffs last season, but this was his first regular-season goal in the NHL. He had 17 points in 24 games this year with St. John's before getting called up.
The Capitals tied it at 11:06 of the second period when Halpern scored on a backhand shot from the slot. But the Leafs quickly regained the lead two minutes later when Perreault scored on a rebound of Chris McAllister's shot for his eighth goal of the season.
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