This Date in Caps History - November 3
On November 3, 1999, the Capitals defeated the Ottawa Senators by a 3-1 score at MCI Center.
After a scoreless first period in which the Senators outshot the Caps 9-6, Washington got on the board first. Peter Bondra’s goal at 4:40 of the second period gave Washington a 1-0 lead. On the Bondra goal, Caps rookie Glen Metropolit notched his first NHL assist. Just over a minute after Bondra’s goal, Ottawa’s Patrick Traverse put one past Washington’s Olie Kolzig to knot the game at 1-1. At the 7:22 mark, the Caps regained the lead when Metropolit tucked one behind the Senators’ Ron Tugnutt for his first NHL goal. Ottawa edged the Caps in second period shots on goal, 11-10.
Just 1:24 into the third period, Metropolit made it a three-point night with his second goal of the game. His tally extended to Caps’ lead to 3-1 and closed out the scoring Ottawa managed only three third period shots as the Caps suffocated virtually al of their offensive bursts. The Caps had seven shots in the third and both teams finished with a total of 23.
Metropolit was an easy choice for the game’s first star. Adam Oates, who assisted on both Metropolit goals, was named the game’s number two star. The third star was Chris Simon, who played only 9:44 of the game and did not register a point. But Simon won a convincing decision in a first period beat-down of Ottawa’s Andre Roy. The Caps winger also picked up an instigating minor and a 10-minute misconduct as a result of the scrap.