This Date in Caps History - December 4
On December 4, 1992, the Capitals pummeled the New York Rangers by a score of 8-4 at Madison Square Garden in New York.
Paul Cavallini got the Caps started at 2:24 of the first with his second goal of the season, Dale Hunter and Shawn Anderson assisting. The Caps took a 2-0 lead on a power play goal by Sylvain Cote at 14:42 of the first. Calle Johansson and Peter Bondra picked up helpers on Cote’s goal. Just 23 seconds after the Cote marker, Dmitri Khristich beat New York netminder Mike Richter for his second of the season, Michal Pivonka and Kevin Hatcher assisting. Khristich’s goal chased Richter from the nets. After giving up three goals on 14 shots, Richter was replaced by John Vanbiesbrouck. The Capitals had a combined total of 18 shots on Richter and Vanbiesbrouck in the first while the Blueshirts countered with seven against Washington’s Don Beaupre.
At 4:08 of the second, Cote netted his second of the night and ninth of the season to give the Capitals a 4-0 lead. New York’s Joe Cirella scored a shorthanded goal at 7:52 of the second to make it 4-1, Washington. At 8:49, Hatcher restored the Caps’ four-goal margin with a power play goal, his sixth of the season. Pivonka and Johansson picked up assists on Washington’s fifth goal of the evening. Al Iafrate scored Washington’s third power play goal of the night at 15:05 to give the Caps a comfortable 6-1 lead. The Rangers outshot the Capitals 15-10 in the middle stanza.
Hatcher scored his second of the game at 5:27 of the third, Pat Elynuik and Hunter assisting. New York’s Adam Graves scored at 8:33 to make it 7-2. Elynuik scored his sixth of the season on a Washington power play at 14:43 with assists from Mike Ridley and Peter Bondra. The goal - Washington’s fourth power play strike of the night - gave the Caps an 8-2 lead. New York closed out the evening’s scoring with goals by Tony Amonte at 18:23 and Darren Turcotte at 18:37. The Rangers outshot the Caps 15-11 in the third but the Capitals held a 39-37 edge on the evening.
Hatcher had two goals and two assists to take first star honors. With a pair of goals, Cote gained the second star. Pivonka’s two helpers were enough to get him the evening’s third star designation.