Two goals in a 26-second span in the third period allowed the Washington Capitals to tie the Philadelphia Flyers, 3-3, in a National Hockey League exhibition game last night before 5,781 at the Baltimore Arena.
The Capitals (1-5-4) trailed the Flyers (3-4-3) after two periods. Alain May, converting passes from Chris Felix and Mike Lalor at the end of a three-on-two break, tied the game at 2 with 4:22 gone in the third period.
Dino Ciccarelli, beating Flyers goalie Ken Wregget with a backhander from just off the crease, boosted Washington into a 3-2 lead at 4:48.
Dale Kushner tied the score at 3 when his shot from the left circle caromed off a defenseman's skate and past goalie Jim Hrivnak at 9:50.
It was the second time in three days that the teams played to a tie. The first, 2-2, took place Thursday night in the Spectrum in Philadelphia.
Tony Horacek's shot from the left circle climaxed a three-on-two rush up ice, beating Hrivnak, high and to the stick side and giving the Flyers a 1-0 lead at 6:58 of the first period.
Calle Johansson tied the scored at 10:58 of the period scoring a power-play goal on a slap shot from center point.
Scott Mellanby's goal, off a perfect cross-ice pass from Kerry Huffman at 8:41 of the second period broke the tie for the Flyers.
NOTES: Washington will begin the NHL regular season by playing the Pittsburgh Penguins Friday at 8:05 p.m. and the Detroit Red Wings Saturday at 7:35 p.m., both at the Capital Centre. . . . David Poile, Capitals general manager, reported no progress in contract talks with two holdouts, defenseman Kevin Hatcher and goalie Don Beaupre.