This Date in Caps History - November 11
On November 11, 1992, the Washington Capitals pounded the New York Rangers 7-4 at Madison Square Garden in New York.
Bobby Carpenter got the Capitals on the board first with his first goal of the season, a power play tally at 3:18 of the opening period. Dale Hunter and Calle Johansson assisted. Darren Turcotte tied the score for New York some four minutes later but Todd Krygier restored the Washington lead with his third of the season at 8:48. Pat Elynuik and Al Iafrate earned the assists. At 10:43 Turcotte's second of the night tied the game again.
The Rangers' Brian Leetch scored on a power play at 11:10 to give the New Yorkers a 3-2 lead and to chase Washington goaltender Jim Hrivnak to the bench. After allowing three goals on just five shots, Hrivnak was replaced by rookie Byron Dafoe who was making his NHL debut.
Strangely enough, Hrivnak replaced Dafoe just over a minute later at 12:35. Dafoe did not face a shot during his 1:25 between the pipes and it was the only NHL action he would see that season.
At 16:59 of the first, New York's Tony Amonte scored the final goal of the period to give the Rangers a 4-2 lead. The Caps had 17 shots on New York goaltender Mike Richter while the Rangers countered with seven on Hrivnak.
Hunter scored the only goal of the second period at 3:03 to pull the Caps to within a goal at 4-3. Kelly Miller and Peter Bondra assisted on Hunter's tally, his third of the year. The Rangers edged the Caps 13-12 in second period shots on goal.
Keith Jones knotted the score for Washington with a goal at 6:07 of the final frame, his second goal of the season. Sylvain Cote and Jeff Greenlaw collected the assists. At 14:56 of the third, Steve Konowalchuk gave the Caps a 5-4 lead with his third of the season, Paul MacDermid and Al Iafrate assisting. With just 1:52 remaining in regulation, Krygier netted a huge insurance goal, his second of the night and his fourth of the season. Mike Ridley and Cote picked up the helpers on Krygier's second strike. With 44 seconds remaining in the game former Ranger Miller iced it for Washington, scoring his third of the season into a vacated New York net. Johansson and Ridley assisted on the seventh and final Washington goal of the evening. The Capitals outshot the Rangers 16-15 in the third period and 45-35 on the night.
Despite having but one assist on the evening, Bondra was named the game's number one star. Turcotte's two goals earned him the second star designation and Hunter was the third star with a goal and an assist.