LANDOVER -- The weather outside was frightful, but the hockey inside the Capital Centre was delightful, as the Washington Capitals edged Moscow Dynamo, 3-2, before 5,562 fans who braved an ice storm last night.
Jeff Greenlaw, one of seven Baltimore Skipjacks called up for the game, scored the game-winner with 1 minute, 5 seconds remaining. Greenlaw took a pass from Steve Seftel, another Skipjack, behind the cage, circled the net and stuffed the puck between the right post and goalie Andrei Trefilov.
Washington is 4-0-1 against touring Soviet teams, and Moscow Dynamo is 0-2-2 on its current tour.
"Steve [Seftel] dug the puck off the left boards and passed it to me behind the cage," Greenlaw said. "I just came around the goal and shot the puck. I think it bounced off the goalie's skate.
"This was a great chance for all of us [Skipjacks] to show what we can do, and I think everyone played very well. I know it's only an exhibition game, but it's something I'll always remember."
Jim Hrivnak, another Skipjack, was excellent in the Washington goal, making 29 saves, 14 in the first period.
"I feel real confident in this building," Hrivnak said. "I guess you'd have to say I was lucky in the first period only to have one goal scored on me in 15 shots. My defense did a great job in front of me.
"I just go out there every game and try my hardest. I'm not trying to send a message to anyone. I just try to do my job."
"Hrivnak and Greenlaw played very well," Washington coach Terry Murray said. "This was Hrivnak's second game back from a knee injury, and he was very intense. He made some big stops in the first period. He's the reason we had a chance to come back and win the game.
"Greenlaw has overcome a lot of adversity in his career. He broke his back his first year and was in a body cast, and last year he missed almost the entire season with a leg injury. He is a good checker and uses his size and strength to his advantage. He has come a long way."
Nick Kypreos and Peter Bondra, tipping in a shot by Mark Ferner, another Skipjack, also scored for Washington, which built a 2-1 lead after two periods.
The Soviets tied the score at 2 with 6:21 remaining in the third period, when Igor Dorofeyev got free on a breakaway and beat Hrivnak from close range with a wrist shot.
"I stopped all five shots in the shootout [between the second and third periods], and then I couldn't stop that shot," Hrivnak said. "I was nervous, and I said to myself, 'You better stop this one,' but I didn't."
In the shootout, being held in each of the National Hockey League-Soviet games, the Capitals defeated Dynamo, 2-0, on goals by Reggie Savage, up from Baltimore, and Dimitri Khristich. The NHL leads in the shootouts, 10-6.
"I would very much like to play for Washington," said right wing Andrei Kovalyov, a Capitals draft choice who plays for Dynamo. "The game was pretty much like I expected. We dominated the first period, but the Capitals seized the tempo in the second period and took the game away from us."
Dynamo coach Vladimir Yurzinov said: "Both teams played high-class hockey. I like how my guys played. We're a young team, and this is the first time a lot of them have played at such a high level. I think we will learn a lot from this game."
Moscow Dynamo 1 0 1 -- 2
Washington 0 2 1 -- 3
First period--1, Dynamo Moscow, Andreidsky (Lomakin), 19:48. Penalties-- Greenlaw, Was (roughing), 7:31; Bondra, Was (tripping), 14:03.
Second period--2, Washington, Kyrpreos (May), 2:57. 3, Washington, Bondra, (Ferner, Khristich), 14:59. Penalties--May, Was (roughing), 6:01; Filiminov, Dya (tripping), 12:49; Greenlaw, Was (charging), 18:46.
Third period--4, Dynamo Moscow, Dorofeyev (Semak), 13:39. 5, Washington, Greenlaw (Seftel, Khristich), 18:55. Penalties--None.
Shots on goal--Dynamo Moscow 15-5-11--31. Washington 3-15-6--24. Power-play opportunities--Dynamo Moscow 0 of 4; Washington 0 of 1. Goalies--Dynamo Moscow, Trefilov (24 shots-21 saves). Washington, Hrivnak (31-29). A--5,562. Referee--Alexander Fedoseev. Linesmen--Ray Scapinello, Mark Vines.