This Date in Caps History - January 15
On January 15, 1981 the Washington Capitals shutout the Los Angeles Kings by a 3-0 score at the Capital Centre in Landover.
The Capitals jumped out to a 1-0 lead at 10:41 of the first period when defenseman Rick Smith netted his second of the season with help from Dennis Ververgeart and Howard Walker. The Capitals managed 11 shots on Los Angeles netminder Mario Lessard in the first period while the Kings countered with 10 against rookie Capitals goaltender Dave Parro.
The Capitals extended their lead to 2-0 at 12:05 of the second period on Mike Gartner's power play goal. Rick Green collected the lone assist on Gartner's goal, his 25th of the season. Washington enjoyed a 12-8 advantage in second period shots on goal.
The third period was scoreless until Lessard was pulled for a sixth attacker in the final minute of play. Almost as soon as Lessard skated to the bench, Washington's Paul Mulvey dumped the puck into the vacated cage for his seventh goal of the season. Gartner grabbed the only assist on the Mulvey goal, which came at 19:05. The Kings outshot the Caps 11-6 in the third and both clubs finished the game with 29 shots on net.
The shutout was Parro's first in the NHL and it came in his fourth NHL start. He would go on to play in four NHL seasons and would notch one more shutout. Parro's whitewash of the Kings was enough to gain him the game's first star. Smith's game-winning goal got him the second star and Rick Green - with an assist and his usual strong defensive game - got the third star that evening.