This Date in Caps History - March 16
On March 16, 1991 the Washington Capitals blanked the Philadelphia Flyers by a 6-0 score in front of a sellout crowd of 18,130 at the Capital Centre in Landover.
Mikhail Tatarinov put Washington up 1-0 with a power play goal at 8:09 of the first period. John Druce and Al Iafrate assisted on Tatarinov's seventh goal of the season. Dmitri Khristich scored his 10th of the season at 9:48 of the first with help from Druce and Michal Pivonka. Dale Hunter notched his 16th of the season on a Washington power play at 14:49 of the first to make it 3-0, Capitals.
Play started to get a bit chippy in the second half of the first period. Four sets of matching minors were handed out: Philly's Jeff Chychrun and the Caps' Alan May were both whistled for unsportsmanlike conduct at 13:06. The Flyers' Keith Acton and Washington's Ken Sabourin were both assessed roughing minors at 16:27. Philadelphia's Mike Ricci and Washington's Calle Johansson were sent off at 18:45 for cross-checking and roughing, respectively. Philly's Craig Berube and Washington's Steve Leach each got two for high-sticking and five for fighting at 19:51 of the first session. Washington fired a dozen shots at Philadelphia's Ken Wregget in the first while the Flyers mustered eight against the Capitals' Don Beaupre.
Tatarinov's second of the game and eighth of the year made it 4-0 Washington at 1:37 of the second period. Pivonka and Khristich gained assists on Tatarinov's second of the night. After Tatarinov's second goal, Wregget was removed from the pipes and was replaced by former Caps Pete Peeters. Just 17 seconds after the goal, May and Chychrun fought with May getting an additional minor for instigating. At 9:26 of the second, the Caps' Kevin Hatcher scored his 22nd goal of the season to push the Washington lead to 5-0. Johansson and Pivonka picked up assists on the Hatcher goal. Each team had eight shots on goal in the second period.
The rough stuff continued in the third. Sabourin and Normand Lacombe picked up matching roughing minors at 1:45. At 6:35, all hell broke loose. Berube got a double minor for attempting to spear and then he dropped the gloves with Washington's Hunter. Both players got two for high-sticking, five for fighting and a 10-minute misconduct. Other skirmishes broke out all over the ice and when the dust settled seven misconducts were handed out. Iafrate got a game misconduct for Washington and teammates May, Leach and Sabourin each got 10-minute misconducts. Acton, Scott Mellanby and David Fenyves each picked up 10-minute misconducts for Philadelphia.
Wregget went back into the Philly nets at the start of the third. At 4:33 of the third, Peeters went back into the nets for the Flyers again. At 12:35 of the third, Pivonka scored his 17th of the season to close out the scoring, Druce and Johansson assisting. The Caps outshot the Flyers 12-9 in the third period and 32-25 on the game.
Tatarinov's two goals got him the game's first star. Pivonka had a goal and two assists, enough for second star honors. Druce's three assists win him the third star designation.