This Date in Caps History - February 20
On February 20, 1993 the Washington Capitals throttled the Los Angeles Kings 7-3 in a Saturday matinee contest at USAir Arena.
Keith Jones got Washington on the board first with his seventh goal of the season at 2:48 of the first period. Kevin Hatcher and Dale Hunter assisted. At 12:18, Steve Konowalchuk pushed the Washington lead to 2-0 with his fourth goal of the season, Paul MacDermid assisting. The Capitals put 11 shots on Kings netminder Kelly Hrudey in the first while Los Angeles countered with eight on Washington's Don Beaupre.
The game stayed close until the waning minutes of the second period when the Capitals opened it up. Mike Ridley's 19th of the season made it 3-0 at 17:00, Hatcher and Kelly Miller assisting. At 18:35, Peter Bondra netted his 28th of the campaign with help from Al Iafrate and Michal Pivonka. Twenty-three seconds after Bondra's goal, Jones struck for his second of the game with an assist from Dale Hunter. At 19:25, Dmitri Khristich scored to make it 6-0 with help from Bondra and Pivonka. The Capitals scored four goals in a 2:25 span at the end of the second period. The Kings edged the Caps in second period shots on goal, 12-11.
Robb Stauber took over in the Los Angeles goal for Hrudey at the start of the third period. Mike Donnelly broke Beaupre's shutout spell at 4:51 of the third period with Wayne Gretzky picking up the primary assist. Exactly a minute later, Rob Blake scored for LA to cut the Caps' lead to 6-2. Bondra scored his second of the game with an assist from Ridley at 9:28 to make it 7-2, Washington. Marty McSorley scored at 16:01 of the final frame to close out the scoring. The Kings edged the Caps in third period shots on goal, 8-7 but Washington outshot Los Angeles 29-28 on the afternoon.
The Capitals swept the three stars for the game. Jones' two goals got him the first star. Bondra's two goals - including the game-winner - and three points earned him second star honors. Pivonka took the third star with a pair of assists.
Exactly a week earlier, the Capitals had trounced the Kings 10-3 in Los Angeles. Washington scored the last six goals in that game and the first six in the February 20 game, combining for a total of 12 unanswered goals against LA. Less than four months later, the Kings were in the Stanley Cup finals against the Montreal Canadiens.