This Date in Caps History - January 26
On January 26, 1992 the Capitals defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins by a 6-4 score in front of 16,691 fans in Super Bowl Sunday matinee game at USAir Arena.
Dino Ciccarelli got the Caps started with his 24th goal of the season at the 57-second mark of the first period. Randy Burridge collected the lone assist on the first Washington goal of the afternoon. Eleven minutes later, Ciccarelli struck again, this time with help from Kevin Hatcher and Mike Ridley. With just 1:06 left in the first period, Pittsburgh's Bob Errey halved the lead when he beat Washington's Don Beaupre. Each club had 14 shots on goal in the first period.
Washington's Al Iafrate scored at 3:28 of the second to restore the Capitals' two-goal margin. Dale Hunter and Burridge assisted on Iafrate's 11th goal of the season. Capital nemesis Mark Recchi scored at 10:48 for the Pens to bring Pittsburgh within a goal. Jaromir Jagr tied it for the Penguins with his 23rd goal of the season at 12:12. Former Capital Larry Murphy scored the third unanswered Pittsburgh tally at 14:50 of the second to give the Pens their first lead of the day at 4-3. With just 1:22 left in the second, Burridge beat Pittsburgh's Tom Barrasso on a Washington power play to knot the score at 4-4. Ciccarelli and Dmitri Khristich collected the assists on the equalizer. The Pens held a 16-14 advantage in second period shots on goal.
John Druce scored his eighth goal of the season at 7;24 of the third to give the Caps the lead again. Hunter picked up the solo assist. The Penguins pulled Barrasso late in the third but Washington's Kelly Miller put the game away with an empty-netter - his ninth goal of the season - at the 19:01 mark. Ridley picked up the only assist on Miller's goal. Three Pittsburgh stars -Jagr, Kevin Stevens and Mario Lemieux - got a little too whiny in the wake of the last Washington goal and all three were assessed game misconducts. Stevens and Lemieux padded their PIM totals by collecting an addition 10-minute misconduct. No Capitals were whistled for any infractions at the same time. The Caps held a 12-10 lead in third period shots on goal and each team finished the day with 40 shots on net.
With two goals and three points, Ciccarelli was the game's first star. Burridge had a goal and three points and picked up second star honors. Lemieux had a pair of assists and was the game's third star.
The game marked the third straight time that the Caps had thumped the defending Stanley Cup champion Penguins. Washington trounced the Pens by an 8-0 score at the Igloo on October 29, getting goals from eight different players in the process. The Caps pummeled the Pens again at the Igloo on December 14, this time by a 7-2 count.