This Date in Caps History - December 11
On December 11, 1992, the Washington Capitals beat the Winnipeg Jets 8-6 at the Winnipeg Arena in Winnipeg.
Al Iafrate wasted little time in getting Washington on the board. Planet Al netted his ninth of the season just 39 seconds after the opening faceoffs with help from Dale Hunter and Pat Elynuik. At 2:11, Dmitri Khristich beat Jets goaltender Bob Essensa for his fourth of the season, Michal Pivonka and Peter Bondra assisting. Elynuik’s seventh goal of the season came at 6:21 and gave the Caps a 3-0 lead. Hunter picked up the lone helper on that goal. Jets rookie Teemu Selanne - on his way to a 76-goal season - netted his 20th of the season on a Jets power play in the team’s 31st contest of the campaign. Selanne’s goal came at 11:14 and it cut the Caps’ lead to 3-1. Just 20 seconds later, Khristich restored the three-goal margin with his second of the night. Bondra and Pivonka again recorded the assists. Selanne scored his second of the game at 16:24 and Pivonka closed out the first period scoring with his second of the season at 18:07. The Caps took a 5-2 lead into the dressing room and also outshot Winnipeg by a 14-9 count in the first.
Just 40 seconds into the second, Selanne completed the second hat trick of his young career with his third goal of the evening. Phil Housley scored on a Winnipeg power play at 17:44 to draw the Jets within one heading into the third. The Caps again held an advantage in shots on goal in the second, 9-5.
Pivonka scored his second of the night at 2:34 of the third to give the Caps some breathing room at 6-4. Bondra and Sylvain Cote picked up assists on the Pivonka marker. Keith Jones scored his third of the season at 6:12 to make it 7-4, Washington. Bondra and Pivonka assisted. Russ Romaniuk scored at 7:29 for the Jets to keep it close but Kelly Miller’s goal at 11:17 put it out of reach. Miller’s goal made it 8-5 and drove Essensa to the bench in favor of backup Rick Tabaracci. Bobby Carpenter and Mike Ridley assisted on Miller’s goal. Evgeny Davydov beat Washington’s Jim Hrivnak for his 15th of the season at 14:59 to close out the scoring.
Bondra’s five assists got him the first star and Selanne had to settle for number two, despite the hat trick. Pivonka - with two goals and three assists - was the game’s third star.
That performance still stands as Bondra’s single-game high for assists in one game.