On November 16, 1982, the Washington Capitals recorded their third straight win, a 5-3 triumph over the Calgary Flames at the Capital Centre in Landover. A crowd of 10,705 watched as Washington evened its record at 7-7-3.
Washington started the scoring on Dennis Maruk's ninth goal of the season in the final minute of the first period. With Calgary's Kevin LaVallee off for tripping, Maruk beat Flames netminder Don Edwards with help from Brian Engblom and Bengt Gustafsson. Washington enjoyed a 12-5 advantage in first period shots on goal.
At 6:36 of the second period, Bobby Carpenter gave Washington a 2-0 lead with his sixth goal of the season. Mike Gartner and Milan Novy picked up the assists. Less than a minute later, Calgary answered the Carpenter goal when Doug Risebrough beat Washington's Pat Riggin. The Capitals regained a two-goal advantage at 11:54 of the middle period when Greg Theberge scored Washington's second power play goals of the night. Gustafsson and Ken Houston assisted on Theberge's goal, which came just 21 seconds after Risebrough went off for high-sticking. Steve Christoff brought the Flames back to within a goal at 14:20 but Washington's Gaetan Duchesne answered just 23 seconds later to restore the Capitals' two-goal advantage. Glen Currie and Theberge assisted on Duchesne's goal. The Caps held a 16-12 lead in second period shots on goal.
At 5:39 of the third period, Calgary pulled to within a goal for the third time when Guy Chouinard scored on a Flames power play. Carpenter ended any thoughts of a Calgary comeback when he scored his second of the night and seventh of the season at 10:54. Novy and Theberge assisted on Carpenter's goal, which was Washington's third power play goal of the evening. Calgary outshot the Caps 11-5 in the third but Washington held a 33-28 bulge in that department overall.
Theberge's three-point night earned him the game's first star. With a pair of goals, Carpenter was the number two star. Engblom picked up the third star.
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