This Date in Caps History - April 2
On April 2, 1993, the Capitals blanked the Montreal Canadiens by a 4-0 score at USAir Arena in Landover.
With just 12 seconds remaining in the first period, Washington’s Al Iafrate started the scoring with his 25th goal of the season. The power-play marker came with assists from Dmitri Khristich and Kevin Hatcher.
Peter Bondra notched an unassisted tally at 2:17 of the second period to push the Capitals’ advantage to 2-0. Midway through the middle frame, Washington’s Pat Elynuik scored his 22nd goal of the season when he beat Montreal netminder Patrick Roy with help from Dale Hunter and Calle Johansson.
At the 17:11 mark of the third period, Hatcher scored a power-play goal – his 31st goal of the season – with assists coming from Iafrate and Michal Pivonka.
Tabaracci became the third Capitals goaltender in Washington’s franchise history to blank the Canadiens, following Al Jensen (Dec. 10, 1983) and Pete Peeters (Dec. 10, 1988). Tabaracci made 33 saves on the night.
For Tabaracci, it was the first of his six career shutouts in a Capitals sweater. The first and last of those whitewashes came against the Canadiens, with the last of them coming by a 1-0 score at Montreal on March 20, 1999.