This Date in Caps History - October 24
On October 24, 1993, the Washington Capitals edged the Edmonton Oilers 3-2 in overtime in Edmonton. For the Capitals, it was their third straight win after starting the season with six straight losses. The victory also gave Washington a winning start on its five-game Western road trip.
The first period was scoreless. Edmonton mustered 11 shots against Capitals netminder Don Beaupre while Washington countered with nine against Oilers goalie Bill Ranford.
With Edmonton's Marc Laforge off for crosschecking, the Capitals finally broke through. Kevin Hatcher picked up his first goal of the season for the Caps at 15:21 of the middle frame. Less than two minutes later, the Oilers' Zdeno Ciger answered with an even-strength marker to tie the game at 1-1. Edmonton edged the Capitals in shots on goal in the second period, 8-7.
At 4:14 of the third period, Sylvain Cote netted his first of the season to allow Washington to regain its one-goal advantage. Once again, however, Ciger made sure the lead was short-lived. With the Caps' Todd Krygier serving time for interference, Ciger tallied his second of the game. The power play goal came at 6:18 and knotted the score at 2-2. The remainder of the period was scoreless, with the Capitals holding a decided 11-6 advantage in shots on goal.
Each club had two shots on goal in just over a minute of play in overtime, but Washington struck gold on its third shot netward. Taking a feed from Hatcher, Kelly Miller notched his third of the season at 1:39 to make winners of the Capitals. The Caps finished with 30 shots on goal to Edmonton's 27.
Ciger's two goals earned him first star honors. With 25 saves, Beaupre was named the game's second star. A goal and an assist on the game-winner proved to be enough for Hatcher to claim the third star.
The Caps went on to enjoy a prosperous road trip, winning four of five. Their only misstep was a 3-2 overtime loss in Calgary.