This Date in Caps History - December 17
On December 17, 1993, the Washington Capitals clobbered the Ottawa Senators 11-2 at USAir Arena in Landover.
Mike Ridley got the Capitals going with his 10th goal of the season on a Washington power play at the four-minute mark of the first period. Michal Pivonka and Calle Johansson picked up the assists on Ridley's goal. With just three seconds remaining in the first period, Washington scored another power play goal. This time, it was Dmitri Khristich potting his 15th of the season with a lone assist from Ridley. Washington put six first period shots on Ottawa netminder Darrin Madeley while the Sens countered with seven against the Capitals' Don Beaupre.
At 2:04 of the second period, Pivonka tallied Washington's third power play goal of the night, Johansson and Kevin Hatcher assisting. Pivonka's goal sent Madeley to the Ottawa bench; he was replaced by Craig Billington. Just 25 seconds later, Todd Krygier made it 4-0 with the Caps' first even strength goal of the night and his eighth of the season. Pivonka and Hatcher earned assists on Krygier's goal.
At 6:26 of the middle period, Ottawa's Dave Archibald scored to put the Senators on the board. Keith Jones got that one back for the Capitals at 14:54 when he scored his eighth of the season with help from Al Iafrate and Pat Peake. At 16:17 of the second, Alan May scored his second of the season to give the Caps a 6-1 lead. John Slaney and Kevin Kaminski picked up the assists. Just over a minute later, Ridley made it 7-1 with his second of the night. Only 23 seconds after Ridley scored and just four seconds after the start of a Washington power play, Jones scored his second of the night and the team's fourth power play goal of the game. Sylvain Cote and Peake earned the assists on Jones' second strike of the night. With just 18 seconds left in the second period, Dave Poulin scored a shorthanded goal to give the Caps a 9-1 lead. Krygier assisted on the goal. The seven second period goals tied a team record for the Capitals. Washington outshot the Sens 14-9 in the middle frame.
When the third period began, Madeley was back between the Ottawa pipes. Andrew McBain scored for Ottawa on a Senators power play at 8:35 of the final period. Randy Burridge gave the Caps a 10-2 lead when he netted his 12th of the season with help from Ridley and Cote at 14:55 of the third. With just 1:02 left in the game, Peake scored an unassisted goal - his fifth of the season - to close out the scoring. The Sens outshot the Caps 12-9 in the third but Washington held a 29-28 edge in that department on the evening.
Ridley was the game's number one star with two goals and two assists. Jones' two goals earned him the second star designation and Krygier picked up third star honors with a goal and two helpers.