This Date in Caps History - February 11
On February 11, 1993 the Capitals defeated the St. Louis Blues 10-6 at the St. Louis Arena.
Washington's Dmitri Khristich opened the scoring festival with his 18th goal of the season just 40 seconds after the opening faceoff. Kevin Hatcher and Peter Bondra drew assists on the Khristich goal. At the 1:52 mark, the Caps' Kelly Miller made it 2-0 with his 15th goal of the year. Hatcher picked up the lone assist, his second of the night. Some four minutes later, Todd Krygier's seventh goal gave the Capitals a 3-0 lead. Pat Elynuik and Steve Konowalchuk picked up the helpers on Krygier's goal. At 10:36 of the first, Peter Bondra beat St. Louis netminder Curtis Joseph to give Washington a 4-0 lead. Khristich and Al Iafrate were credited with assists. The Caps sent 13 shots in Joseph's direction during the first period while St. Louis countered with eight against Washington's Don Beaupre.
Mike Ridley netted an unassisted shorthanded goal at 3:15 of the second to give Washington a 5-0 lead. With St. Louis still enjoying the man advantage 37 seconds later, Brendan Shanahan scored a power play goal to put the Blues on the board. With the Blues again on the power play, Doug Crossman scored at 5:38 to make it a 5-2 hockey game. Less than three minutes later, Shanahan netted his second of the game to pull St. Louis to within two. Three minutes after the Shanahan goal, Hatcher restored some of Washington's breathing room with his 21st goal of the season. Miller landed the lone assist. Iafrate netted his 19th at the 18:12 mark on a Washington power play to give the Capitals a commanding 7-3 lead. Ridley and Bondra assisted on the Hatcher goal. St. Louis's Craig Janney scored at 19:10 to pull the Blues within three going into the third period. Washington had 18 shots to the Blues' 15 in the middle period.
When the teams took the ice for the third period, Joseph took a seat on the Blues' bench, having allowed seven goals on 31 shots in 40 minutes of action. He was replaced by Guy Hebert. Bondra baptized Hebert with a power play goal at 5:03, Ridley and Hatcher assisting. Khristich scored his second of the night at 8:56 to make it 9-4 in favor of Washington. Paul Cavallini and Elynuik picked up the assists. At 16:07, Brett Hull notched his 38th of the season on a power play for St. Louis. Just 24 seconds later, Kevin Miller scored for St. Louis to make it 9-6. Khristich closed out the scoring and completed his hat trick with his 20th goal of the season at 17:33. Michal Pivonka and Sylvain Cote assisted on the final Washington goal of the night. The Caps outshot the Blues 17-10 in the third and held a 48-33 advantage on the night.
With a hat trick and an assist, Khristich was an easy choice as the game's first star. Hatcher - who also had four points with a goal and three assists - was the second star. Bondra's two goals and two assists earned him the third star designation.
The Caps tied a team record for most goals by both teams (16) in a single road game.