On February 5, 1994, the Washington Capitals defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning by a 6-3 score in front of 15,811 fans at USAir Arena.
The first period was scoreless until former Capital Shawn Chambers tallied on a Tampa Bay power play at 14:17. Washington's Peter Bondra answered with the equalizer just 27 seconds later, getting help from Dale Hunter and Sylvain Cote.
Bondra was far from finished. Just 15 seconds after his first goal of the night, he beat Tampa Bay's Daren Puppa again. This time, Dmitri Khristich picked up the solo assist. At 16:43, Tampa Bay's Roman Hamrlik was whistled for a hooking infraction. Just seven seconds after Hamrlik took a seat in the penalty box, Bondra completed his natural hat trick with a power play strike, Hunter and Khristich assisting. At 18:56, Bondra beat Puppa again for his fourth straight goal and fourth in just 4:12. Washington took a 4-1 lead to the dressing room, outshooting Tampa Bay 12-7 in the process.
When the two teams took the ice for the second period, Pat Jablonski replaced Puppa in the nets for the Lightning. Steve Konowalchuk netted Washington's fifth unanswered goal - his fifth of the season - at 7:49 of the middle frame when he beat Jablonski with assistance from Randy Burridge and Mike Ridley. With just 30 seconds left in the second, Bondra struck again. He potted his fifth of the game and 19th of the season, Shawn Anderson and Khristich assisting. The Capitals enjoyed a 7-4 advantage in second period shots on goal.
At 14:07 of the third period, Tampa Bay's Danton Cole beat Washington goaltender Don Beaupre to make it 6-2, Washington. Forty-three seconds later, the Lightning's Marc Bureau scored to make it 6-3, closing out the scoring for the night. The Caps outshot the Bolts 13-11 in the third and 32-22 on the night.
Bondra was the easy pick for first star. Hunter and Khristich took second and third, respectively, with three assists each.
Bondra's five-goal outburst tied the club record set by Bengt Gustafsson when he scored five times against Philadelphia on January 8, 1984. In the process, Bondra established club marks for fastest three goals by one player (2:06) and fastest four goals by one player (4:12). He also set a club record for goals in a period (four) and tied the NHL record for goals in a period, which was previously achieved nine times.
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