This Date in Caps History - October 27
On October 27, 1990, Calgary's Joe Nieuwendyk scored a career-high five points as the Flames thumped the Capitals by a 9-4 score.
Calgary started the scoring early when Al MacInnis scored his eighth goal of the year on a Nieuwendyk feed at the 54-second mark of the first period. Washington's Dave Tippett tied it at 2:03 with his first goal of the season. The Flames' Sergei Makarov tallied at 4:59 to give Calgary a 2-1 lead; Nieuwendyk and Gary Roberts picked up the helpers. Tippett's second of the game and the season brought Washington even at 16:03. With only four seconds left in the first period, Calgary's Paul Ranheim netted his sixth of the season to give Calgary the lead for good. The Flames outshot Washington by a margin of 8-5 in the opening period.
In the second period, Calgary was once again quick to get on the board. Brian MacLellan's fourth of the year extended the Calgary lead to 4-2 just 40 seconds into the period. Twenty seconds later, Roberts' first of the year made it 5-2. Nieuwendyk picked up his third helper of the night on Roberts' goal. At 4:37 of the second, Nieuwendyk scored his sixth of the season to push the score to 6-2. Nieuwendyk netted his second of the game and registered his fifth point of the night at 10:59 of the second on Calgary's fifth unanswered goal. Nieuwendyk's second of the night was the only power play score of the evening. With the Flames up 7-2, Washington's Steve Leach banged home his first of the season. At 17:33, Calgary's Ken Sabourin scored his first NHL goal to push to bulge to 8-3. Sabourin would be traded to Washington some three months later where he would score his second and final NHL goal.
Calgary's Robert Reichel scored his second of the season at 2:51 of the third to move the Flames' margin to 9-3. Peter Bondra's second of the season - and the second of his NHL career - closed out the scoring at 7:05 of the third. The teams each had 30 shots on goal. Calgary linemates Nieuwendyk, Makarov and Roberts were named the games first, second and third stars, respectively.