Kelly entered Thursday’s game with just one goal, while Peverley had three goals and three assists.
But the third line’s defensive lapses have been even more alarming. Kelly was on the ice for three of Washington’s four goals on Tuesday. The Capitals scored twice with Bourque and Peverley on the ice.
Kelly’s line didn’t score against Toronto. Even though Peverley and Pandolfo were on the ice for Jay McClement’s third-period goal, the line submitted a more reliable defensive performance.
“That line was better for me tonight,” Julien said.
Adam McQuaid logged the lone fight of the game at 3:23 of the first. He challenged Mark Fraser after the Toronto defenseman decked Pandolfo from behind. Fraser connected with more punches . . . David Krejci missed a third-period shift. Korbinian Holzer clobbered Krejci with a clean hit, briefly sending the center to the dressing room . . . Paille appeared in his 400th career game.