This Date in Caps History - March 15
On March 15, 1994, the Capitals earned a thrilling 5-4 win in overtime against the Pittsburgh Penguins at the Igloo in Pittsburgh.
Randy Burridge opened the scoring for the Caps with a power play goal – his 21st of the season – at 5:31 of the first period. Pittsburgh’s Kevin Stevens tied the score on a Penguins power play at 9:11. The Pens outshot the Caps 14-7 in the first period.
Calle Johansson scored his sixth of the season at the three-minute mark of the second to give the Caps the lead once again. Pittsburgh’s Joey Mullen answered with his 35th – a power play strike – at 13:32 of the second. The Caps held an 11-7 advantage in shots in the middle frame.
Dale Hunter gave the Caps their third lead of the night when he netted his eighth of the season at 1:23 of the third period. Burridge tucked his second of the game behind the Penguins’ Tom Barrasso at 5:21 of the third to give the Caps a 4-2 lead. Tomas Sandstrom scored for the Pens at 7:01 to make it a one-goal game and Stevens beat Washington’s Don Beaupre for his second of the game at 11:16 to knot the score at 4-4. The Caps outshot Pittsburgh 12-6 in the third.
Washington had both of the game’s shots on goal in the overtime session and made one of them count. Just 40 seconds into the fourth frame, Burridge completed his hat trick to give the Caps the two points. It was his second hat trick of the season and the second of two during his Capitals career.
Burridge was named the number one star, Stevens was number two and Washington’s Mike Ridley earned third star honors. Ridley picked up three assists including one on Burridge’s game-winner.