This Date in Caps History - November 22
On November 22, 1996, the Capitals laid a 5-1 beating on the New Jersey Devils at the Continental Airlines Arena in Jersey.
Chris Simon - acquired from Colorado only three weeks earlier - opened the scoring for Washington with his fourth goal of the season at 6:38 of the first period. Peter Bondra and Phil Housley assisted on Simon's power play tally. New Jersey outshot Washington 17-9 in the first, but Simon's was the lone goal.
Steve Konowalchuk took a feed from Dale Hunter and tucked it behind Devils' netminder Martin Brodeur at 3:18 of the second to extend the Capital lead to 2-0. Thirty-four seconds later, Simon scored his second power play goal of the night. This one came on a five-on-three with Bondra and Sergei Gonchar picking up assists. It was the second time in three games that Simon had enjoyed a two-goal game. Washington's special teams continued to dominate. Kelly Miller scored an unassisted shorthanded goal at 13:56 to give the Capitals a comfortable 4-0 bulge. The Caps outshot Jersey 13-10 in the second frame.
Bondra scored on a pass from Andrei Nikolishin at 1:19 of the third. With 6:48 remaining in the game, New Jersey's Bill Guerin scored to spoil the shutout bid of Capital netminder Olaf Kolzig. Kolzig stopped 38 of the 39 shots he faced to earn his first career victory over New Jersey and first star honors for the game. Simon and Bondra were the game's second and third stars, respectively.
The game was noteworthy as it was the first time the Capitals defeated longtime nemesis Martin Brodeur. Coming into the contest, Brodeur held a dominant 11-0-1 lifetime mark against Washington with a 1.48 goals against average. The Capitals wasted no time in putting another defeat on Brodeur. The very next night at the USAir Arena in Landover, the Caps' Jim Carey outdueled Brodeur 3-2 with the help of Bondra's goal late in the third period.