This Date in Caps History - November 1
On November 1, 1991, the Capitals raised their record to 10-3-0 with a 4-0 home ice shutout over the Toronto Maple Leafs.
The first period was scoreless. Toronto sent 14 shots on Washington goaltender Mike Liut while the Capitals countered with eight against the Maple Leafs' Grant Fuhr.
Dino Ciccarelli broke the scoring stalemate with his eighth goal of the season at 8:01 of the second period. The goal came on a Washington power play as Toronto's Bob Halkidis was off for tripping at the time. Kevin Hatcher and Calle Johansson picked up the assists. Johansson scored a goal of his own - his third of the campaign - at 14:26 with help from Kelly Miller and Randy Burridge. At 17:52 of the period, the Capitals opened up a three-goal lead on Todd Krygier's second goal of the season. Rod Langway was credited with thelone assist on Krygier's tally. The Capitals outs hot the Leafs 13-6 in the second stanza.
With Washington's Sylvain Cote off for hooking, Michal Pivonka netted Washington's second shorthanded goal of the season at 13:33. Dave Tippett earned the lone assist on Pivonka's sixth goal of the season. Each team hadfive shots on goal in the third period; Washington held a slim 26-25 advantage in shots on goal for the evening.
With a 25-save shutout, Liut picked up the game's first star award. Johansson's two-point night garnered him the second star nod. Toronto forward Brian Bradley was named the game's third star.
The win was Washington's second consecutive shutout. Three nights after Don Beaupre blanked the Penguins in an 8-0 rout at the Igloo, Liut whitewashed the Leafs. Washington enjoyed a shutout span of 135:04 over a four-game stretch with the two shutouts in the middle.