This Date in Caps History - November 7
On November 7, 1998, the Washington Capitals beat the Ottawa Senators by an 8-5 score in a barnburner at the Corel Centre in Kanata, Ontario.
Washington's Joe Juneau started the scoring festival at 3:05 of the first period when he beat Ottawa netminder Ron Tugnutt. Dmitri Mironov and Brian Bellows picked up the assists on Juneau's goal. Just over two minutes later, the Caps pushed their lead to 2-0 on James Black's first goal of the season and his first in a Capitals uniform. Mike Eagles picked up the lone helper on Black's goal. Shawn McEachern got the Senators on the board at 13:17 of the first when he beat Washington goaltender Olie Kolzig. The Capitals outshot the Senators by a 12-7 count in the first period.
Peter Bondra netted his third goal of the season at the 49-second mark of the second period. Chris Simon and Ken Klee assisted on the goal that put the Caps up, 3-1. Ottawa then ran off a string of four unanswered goals, chasing Kolzig from the nets in the process. Andreas Johansson scored at 3:26. David Oliver scored at 9:32 and again at 10:59. Alexei Yashin scored at 11:49 to send Kolzig to the bench and give the Senators a 5-3 lead.
With backup Rick Tabaracci sidelined, untested rookie Mike Rosati was recalled from Portland and was serving as Kolzig's backup in Ottawa. Rosati, who had been signed from the Italian League as a free agent, was making his NHL debut in a relief role.
Bondra netted his second goal of the game at 13:48 to pull the Caps within a goal. Andrei Nikolishin and Klee picked up the assists on Bondra's second period goal. Just over a minute later, Mironov tied the game with his second goal of the season. Juneau and Adam Oates assisted on Mironov's power play tally. The Capitals outshot the Sens 14-12 in the middle frame.
With the game tied heading into the third, Ottawa coach Jacques Martin pulled Tugnutt in favor of Damian Rhodes. Juneau baptized Rhodes with a power play goal at 6:45 of the third to give Washington a 6-5 lead. Juneau's second goal of the night and sixth of the season came with assists from Oates and Bellows. Eagles netted his first of the season at 10:17 to make it 7-5, Washington. Tom Chorske and Klee assisted on the Eagles tally. Bondra closed out the scoring on the night and registered his 11th career hat trick when he beat Rhodes at 17:14. Simon collected the lone assist on the final Washington goal of the evening.
The hat trick made Bondra the easy choice for the game's number one star. Juneau's two goals and an assist got him the second star. Ottawa's Oliver got the third star by virtue of his two goals. Klee's three-assist effort - which remains his career high for both helpers and points in a game - was a mere honorable mention in the face of all the offensive pyrotechnics on the night.
Rosati was in the nets for 28:07 and stopped all 12 shots he saw, earning his first and only NHL victory in the process. Rare is the goaltender in NHL history who has a perfect winning percentage and save percentage, but such is Mike Rosati's claim to fame.