March 29On March 29, 1977, the Washington Capitals pounded the Detroit Red Wings 6-1 at the Capital Centre in Landover.
Washington's Guy Charron wasted little time in getting the Capitals on the board. He scored at 1:50 of the first period with help from Bob Sirois and Bugsy Watson to give the Caps a lead they would not relinquish. Tony White made it 2-0 in favor of Washington when he tallied at the 4:47 mark of the first. Rick Bragnalo picked up the lone assist on White's goal. Washington had 12 shots on Detroit netminder Jim Rutherford in the first period. Detroit answered with six shots against the Capitals' Bernie Wolfe.
Yvon Labre potted a shorthanded goal at 1:12 of the second period with Wolfe collecting the solo assist on the play. It was the first NHL point for the Washington netminder. Just under seven minutes later, Jack Lynch scored for the Caps to push the lead to 4-0. Charron and Tom Rowe collected the assists on the Lynch tally. Bill Lochead solved Wolfe at 14:18 of the second to pull the Wings within three but Sirois restored the four-goal Washington lead with a goal at 18:45 of the middle frame. The Capitals outshot the Red Wings by a 12-8 total in the second.
Bill Collins closed out the scoring for the game when he beat his former Detroit mates at 1:40 of the third period. Sirois collected the lone assist on the game's final goal. The Caps edged Detroit in third period shots on goal, 9-8 and enjoyed a 33-22 cushion in that category for the contest. The win was Washington's third in a row and the five-goal margin of victory matched a club standard achieved on three previous occasions.
Labre earned first star honors with his shorthanded goal and stellar play in his own end. Lynch was the game's second star and Charron skated off with the third star.
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