On November 10, 1991, the Washington Capitals thumped the Quebec Nordiques by a 10-3 score at Les Colisee in Quebec.
Quebec’s troubles began early when Mike McNeill and Craig Wolanin landed in the penalty box within a minute of one another in the first three and a half minutes of the game. Twenty-three seconds before Washington’s five-on-three advantage was set to expire, Caps blueliner Calle Johansson fired one past Nordiques goaltender Stephane Fiset. Kevin Hatcher and Randy Burridge picked up assists on the goal. Barely a minute after the Nords killed Wolanin’s minor penalty, they found themselves shorthanded again when Scott Pearson was sent off for high-sticking. Dmitri Khristich scored his 10th goal of the season on the Washington power play at 7:21 to give the Caps a 2-0 lead. Burridge and Dale Hunter assisted on the Khristich goal. Just nine seconds later, Quebec’s Joe Sakic scored an unassisted goal to cut the lead to 2-1. When Washington’s Al Iafrate was called for high-sticking at 8:22, the Nordiques had a chance to even the score. But Washington’s Michal Pivonka took a pass from Dave Tippett and beat Fiset for a shorthanded goal. Pivonka’s goal closed out the first period scoring with Washington in the lead, 3-1. The Capitals fired 14 shots netward in the first, Quebec countered with 10.
Burridge made it 4-1 Washington when he netted his fifth of the season at 6:43 of the second period, Hunter and Dino Ciccarelli assisting. When Alan May scored his third of the season with an assist from Nick Kypreos at 8:03, Fiset’s night was over. He was pulled in favor of Jacques Cloutier with the Capitals leading, 5-1. Ciccarelli baptized Cloutier at 12:26 when he scored his 10th goal of the campaign. The goal - assisted by Burridge and Hatcher - made it 6-1 in favor of the Caps. At 18:37 of the middle frame, Burridge netted an unassisted goal that made it 7-1. Washington outshot Quebec 12-7 in the period.
The rout continued at 3:59 of the third when Mike Ridley got on the board with his seventh of the season. Kelly Miller and Tippett picked up the assists. Just 1:14 later, Ciccarelli’s second of the game made it 9-1. Hunter and Johansson assisted. It was Washington’s seventh unanswered goal, just one shy of the club record. Just 12 days previously, the Caps scored eight unanswered goals in an 8-0 pounding of the Penguins in Pittsburgh.
Sakic’s second goal of the game put a slight dent in the Washhington lead at 15:12 and Mats Sundin scored at 17:23 to make it 9-3. Ridley’s second of the night - with assists from Todd Krygier and Miller - came at 18:13 to close out the scoring. Each club had 16 shots on goal in the third but the Caps prevailed in that category on the evening, 42-33.
With two goals and three assists, Burridge was the slam-dunk number one star. Hunter’s three assists were enough for him to garner the second star against his former Nordiques teammates. With two goals and an assist, Ciccarelli was the third star.
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