On February 16 1975, the Washington Capitals blanked the Kansas City Scouts 3-0 in front of a crowd of 14,214 at the Capital Centre in Landover. It was the first shutout in the team’s brief history.
Stan Gilbertson got Washington on the board with a goal at 12:55 of the first period. Ron Jones and Mike Marson assisted. The goal was Gilbertson’s first as a Capital; he came to Washington from the Blues less than a week earlier along with Ace Bailey in the deal that sent Denis Dupere to St. Louis. At 18:35, Marson scored a power play goal to make it 2-0. Mike Bloom and Gilbertson assisted on Marson’s goal. Washington managed 13 shots on Kansas City’s Denis Herron while the Scouts had 13 of their own against the Caps’ Ron Low.
The Capitals made it 3-0 on a goal by Ace Bailey at 7:53. Gord Brooks and Tommy Williams assisted on the Bailey goal. Bailey’s goal was also his first since coming to Washington. Each team had a dozen second period shots on goal.
The Caps outshot the Scouts 11-7 in the scoreless third period and 36-32 on the night. Low authored the first shutout in franchise history. The win was Washington’s third straight on home ice and gave the club a 2-2 mark in its four games since head scout Red Sullivan took over behind the bench. It raised the Capitals’ overall record to 6-47-5.
The win came one night after the Caps suffered their 30th straight road loss in a 7-1 shellacking to the Blues in St. Louis. Low was pulled after surrendering four goals in the first nine minutes of the third period of the loss in St. Louis.
“I felt lousy at St. Louis,” Low told the Washington Star-News after the shutout win over the Scouts. “Tonight, it wasn’t like I felt so good. I just felt like I do when I don’t feel lousy. I was grateful they played me right away rather than letting me sit around and mope about the other game.”
The loss mathematically eliminated Washington from the Stanley Cup playoffs.
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