This Date in Caps History - March 21
On March 21, 1991, the Washington Capitals defeated the New York Islanders by a 6-2 score at Nassau Veterans' Memorial Coliseum.
New York's teenaged phenom Dave Chyzowski opened the scoring for the Islanders at 11:47 of the first period with an assist from future Capitals defenseman Joe Reekie. For Chyzowski - the second player taken overall in the 1989 NHL Entry Draft - it was his fifth goal of the season and one of only 15 he would score over the course of a 126-game NHL career. Chyzowski's goal was the lone tally of the first period. The Isles managed seven shots on Washington goaltender Mike Liut and the Caps had seven against New York netminder Glenn Healy.
The Caps evened things up early in the second period on Al Iafrate's ninth goal of the campaign at 2:04. Rod Langway and Mike Ridley assisted. Just 14 seconds later, Tim Bergland netted his fifth of the season to give the Caps a 2-1 lead. Steve Leach and Nick Kypreos were credited with helpers on the Bergland goal. Kelly Miller scored his 23rd of the season on a Washington power play at 4:22, Calle Johansson and Kevin Hatcher assisting. At 6:32, Leach scored his 10th goal on a Washington power play to give the Caps a 4-1 lead. The goal - assisted by Dmitri Khristich and Johansson - was the Caps' fourth in a span of just 4:28. At 10:56, John Druce scored Washington's fifth unanswered goal, his 21st of the season. Michal Pivonka and Khristich assisted. Randy Wood scored for the Isles at 16:43 to bring New York to within three. Washington doubled up the Islanders in second period shots on goal, 12-6.
Jeff Hackett replaced Healy in the New York nets at the start of the third. Dave Tippett scored the lone goal of the third period for Washington at 15:31. The Isles outshot the Caps 10-7 in the final frame but the Capitals enjoyed a 26-23 advantage for the evening.
Liut was named the game's number one star for his 21-save effort in the Washington goal. Two assists got Johansson the second star and Miller's game-winning goal earned him the third star designation.