This Date in Caps History - April 9
On April 9, 1994, the Washington Capitals defeated the Ottawa Senators by a score of 8-4 at USAir Arena in Landover.
Phil Bourque put the Sens on the board first when he netted a shorthanded goal at 1:42 of the first period. Craig Berube evened it up for Washington at 14:18 of the period when he scored his seventh goal of the season with help from Dave Poulin and Joe Reekie. Just 1:11 later, the Caps took a lead they would not relinquish on Kelly Miller's 12th goal of the campaign. Reekie and Sylvain Cote picked up the assists on the Miller goal. It took just 1:02 for Washington to strike again. This time, it was Todd Krygier scoring his 10th with assists from Dale Hunter and Randy Burridge. Keith Jones tallied his 16th of the season at the 17:07 mark to make it 4-1, Washington. Krygier and Poulin assisted on Jones's goal. The Caps scored four goals in just 2:49 to take a commanding lead into the first intermission. Washington had 10 shots on Ottawa netminder Darrin Madeley while the Sens had seven against the Capitals' Rick Tabaracci.
The Caps pushed their lead to 5-1 on Krygier's second goal of the night at 3:50 of the middle stanza. That was the lone goal of the period; the Capitals enjoyed an 11-5 advantage in second period shots on goal.
Claude Boivin scored for the Sens at the 49-second mark of the third period to close the gap to 5-2. Less than two minutes later, Alexandre Daigle scored for Ottawa to narrow the Washington lead to 5-3. A minute after Daigle's goal, Michal Pivonka restored some breathing room for the Caps with his 14th of the season. Poulin and Kevin Hatcher helped out on the Pivonka marker. At 8:57 of the third, the Caps went up 7-3 when Miller got his second of the night with assists from Mike Ridley and Joe Juneau. Krygier completed the hat trick at 15:38 of the period with Ridley picking up the lone helper. Daigle closed out the scoring for the night at 16:04 when he scored his second of the game and 20th of the season. The Sens edged the Caps in third period shots on goal, 7-6. Washington held a 27-19 lead in that category on the evening.
Krygier's hat trick - he also had an assist - made him the easy choice as the game's number one star. With a pair of goals, Miller was the second star. Poulin's three assists earned him the third star designation.