This Date in Caps History - February 13
On February 13, 1993, the Capitals went on the road and put a 10-3 beating on the Kings in Los Angeles. In the process, the Caps tied a club mark for most goals in a road game and set a team record for most goals in one period of a road contest.
The Kings' Alexei Zhitnik opened the scoring, picking up a power play goal while Washington's Kelly Miller was off for hooking. The Capitals' Pat Elynuik answered, scoring his 14th of the year at 18:56 of the first.
The teams were tied headed into the second period, but the Capitals were about to put a hurting on goaltender David Goverde, who won only one NHL game in parts of three seasons. The Caps beat Goverde seven times on 17 shots in the second. Elynuik started the spree at 3:18. Two minutes later, Sylvain Cote's 16th of the year made it 3-1 Capitals. Lonnie Loach pulled the Kings to within a goal at 6:09, but Michal Pivonka restored the Capitals' two-goal lead just 33 seconds later. A power play strike by the Kings' Tony Granato brought LA to within a goal again, but that's as close as it would get. Al Iafrate scored on the power play-his 20th goal of the season-for Washington to make it 5-3. Dmitri Khristich followed with his 21st and Kevin Hatcher notched his 22nd. Peter Bondra's 26th at 18:53 closed out the scoring for the stanza.
Mercifully, Kings coach Barry Melrose removed Goverde from the nets in favor of veteran Kelly Hrudey to start the third. Iafrate initiated Hrudey with a shorthanded goal at the 1:42 mark and Pivonka closed out the scoring with Washington's fourth power play goal of the night at 9:15.
The 10-goal onslaught made a winner of Don Beaupre, who stopped 32 of 35 shots for the Caps. Washington did a great job of shutting down Wayne Gretzky, who was limited to one shot and no points on the night.