This Date in Caps History - October 7
On October 7, 1995, the Capitals debuted a new look and defeated the St. Louis Blues by a 4-1 score at USAir Arena.
Capital defenseman Sergei Gonchar opened his sophomore NHL season by scoring the club's first goal of the campaign. At 8:10 of the first period, Gonchar put the puck behind Blues netminder Grant Fuhr. Pat Peake and Keith Jones were credited with assists on the goal.
Midway through the second period, Ken Klee took a pass from Stefan Ustorf and scored a shorthanded goal to give the Caps a 2-0 advantage. The tally remains the only shorthanded goal of Klee's career. With just one second remaining on the clock in the second stanza, Washington's Joe Juneau pushed a buzzer-beater behind Fuhr. Steve Konowalchuk picked up an assist and the Caps took a 3-0 lead to the dressing room for the second intermission.
Peake scored a power play goal at 6:13 of the third period to extend Washington's lead to 4-0. Jones picked up his second assist of the night and Sylvain Cote also picked up a helper on the play. Konowalchuk was whistled for an interference penalty at 15:52 and the Caps inability to kill the penalty cost goaltender Jim Carey a shutout. With less than three minutes left in the game, an Al MacInnis blast found its way past Carey. The Caps outshot the Blues, 22-18.
After wearing their original red, white and blue uniforms with the star motif for the first 21 seasons of their existence, the Capitals wore their new uniforms to open the 1995-96 campaign. The new look featured and eagle emblazoned on a white jersey with complementary colors of blue, black and bronze.