This Date in Caps History - April 20
On April 20, 1993 the Washington Capitals suffered a 5-4 overtime loss to the New York Islanders in Game 2 of the Patrick Division Semifinals at USAir Arena. A disappointing crowd of 15,421 witnessed the game.
New York's Pierre Turgeon fired the first salvo, scoring at 13:14 of the first period. His goal proved to be the lone strike of the frame. New York launched 14 shots on Washington's Rick Tabaracci while the Caps countered with just six against the Isles' Glenn Healy.
The Capitals pulled even at 6:33 of the second stanza when Dale Hunter tallied with help from Calle Johansson and Kelly Miller. Six minutes later, Turgeon's second of the night put the Islanders back on top, 2-1. Hunter scored his second of the night on a Washington power play at 16:51 of the middle period. The Islanders again had a huge advantage in shots on goal, 17-9.
A wild third period ensued with New York's Benoit Hogue scoring at 3:31 to give his club its third lead of the night. For the third time, Washington pulled eve. Dmitri Khristich tallied the tying goal at 7:16 with assists from Paul Cavallini and Peter Bondra. When New York's Ray Ferraro scored at 14:50 of the third, things looked bleak for the Caps. But with 2:50 remaining in regulation, Islanders defenseman Rich Pilon was assessed a five-minute high-sticking major and a game misconduct. The Caps vied desperately for the equalizer and finally got it with just three seconds left. Hunter beat Healy to record the fourth hat trick in Washington playoff history. Johansson and Khristich assisted on Hunter's power play goal. Washington outshot the Islanders 11-8 in the third period.
The teams played a scoreless 20 minutes in the first overtime with the Caps holding a 14-13 edge in shots on goal. With 5:10 left in the second overtime session, New York's Brian Mullen ended it when the Islanders' 61st shot of the night eluded Tabaracci. The Isles outshot the Caps 9-5 in the second overtime and 61-45 on the night.
With two goals, Turgeon was the game's first star. Hunter's hat trick got him the second star. Ferraro had a goal and an assist, good enough to gain him the third star designation.