LANDOVER -- Dino Ciccarelli's first goal in 10 games enabled the Washington Capitals to salvage a 2-2 tie with the Minnesota North Stars in a National Hockey League game before 16,857 at the Capital Centre last night.
Washington, which has won only once in its past six games (1-4-1), tied the score on Ciccarelli's goal with 9 minutes, 19 seconds remaining in the third period, then withstood many North Stars rushes the rest of the way to preserve the one point in the standings.
Don Beaupre made 21 saves in the Washington goal, including several on point-blank shots. Brian Hayward made 18 stops for ** Minnesota.
"We can play a whole lot better than we have been playing," Beaupre said. "We beat the good teams and then don't do well against the bad teams."
"Our team played a good game, and I'll take the point," Minnesota coach Bob Gainey said. "Hayward played very well. A tie looks a lot better than having a lot of wins stacked up against us. We had some good chances in the third period and in overtime, but Washington's goalie came up with some big saves."
A power play goal by Brian Propp at 6:42 of the third period on a wrist shot from the left circle gave Minnesota a 2-1 lead.
"Neal Broten made a great pass to me and I tried to put it in the upper corner," Propp said. "In overtime, we never really got a good chance, despite having the power play. Washington played last night [Thursday],and I think they were a little tired in the third period."
The Capitals tied the score four minutes later. Dimitri Khristich dug the puck off the rear boards and fed Kevin Hatcher, who took a shot from the right circle that caromed off Ciccarelli's skate and between Hayward's pads.
"I don't think Ciccarelli kicked the puck in intentionally," Hayward said. "I think it went off the heel of his skate. It was just one of those things that happen.
"I thought we played well defensively, and we had our chances to win. But for us to tie on the road is real positive."
"I've felt good the last five or six games, but nothing has been dropping for me," Ciccarelli said. "I hit two posts in Philly [Thursday night], and I've been getting good chances. But you're not going to score in every game."
Minnesota 0 1 1 0 -- 2
Washington 0 1 1 0 -- 2
First period--None. Penalties--Propp, Min (hooking), 2:20; Sinisalo, Min (hooking), 10:57; Tinordi, Min, major (fighting), 14:18; Kypreos, Was, minor-major (roughing, fighting), 14:18; Smith, Min (cross-checking), 17:00; Wilkinson, Min (roughing), 20:00; May, Was, double minor (elbowing, roughing), 20:00.
Second period--1, Washington, Iafrate 4 (Leach, Ridley), 3:02. 2, Minnesota, Dahlen 12 (Smith, Modano), 11:52. Penalties-- Hunter, Was (boarding), 3:58; Seftel, Was (interference), 9:41; Giles, Min (interference), 14:21; Leach, Was (roughing), 17:08
Third period--3, Minnesota, Propp 14 (Broten), 6:42 (pp). 4, Washington, Ciccarelli 12 (Khristich, Hatcher), 10:41. Penalties--Tinordi, Min (roughing), :07; Ciccarelli, Was (slashing), :07; Tatarinov, Was (holding), 5:42; Ciccarelli, Was (tripping), 8:12; Tinordi, Min (tripping), 13:42; Iafrate, Was (roughing), 13:42; Johansson, Was (high-sticking), 14:44; Smail, Min (roughing), 19:29; Leach, Was (roughing), 19:29.
Overtime--None. Penalty--Hunter, Was (high-sticking), 1:03.
Shots on goal--Minnesota 3-6-13-1--23. Washington 4-6-9-1--20. Power-play opportunities--Minnesota 1 of 9; Washington 0 of 4. Goalies--Minnesota, Hayward, 5-9-2 (20 shots-18 saves). Washington, Beaupre, 8-10-2 (23-21). A--16,859. Referee--Dan Marouelli. Linesmen--Pat Dapuzzo, Ron Finn.