Capitals blow 6-3 lead as Flyers triumph, 7-6

March 21, 1992|By James H. Jackson | James H. Jackson,Staff Writer

LANDOVER -- The Philadelphia Flyers were down but far from out.

Trailing the Washington Capitals, 6-3, after two periods, the Flyers scored four third-period goals to pull out a 7-6 victory last night before 16,423 at the Capital Centre.

Goals by Steve Duchesne, Kevin Dineen and Brian Benning tied the game at 6, and Mark Recchi, scoring his second goal of the game and 41st of the season, took a pass from Mark Howe on the right boards, cut across the slot and beat goalie Don Beaupre from close range with 44 seconds remaining to pull out the win.

"We just refused to quit when we were losing by three goals," said Recchi. "Everybody said we had to keep fighting. We just tried to throw the puck on net and make things happen, go for the rebounds and score some goals. You have to show character in this game and we showed some tonight.

"On my late goal, Howe skated to the blue line and [Sylvain] Cote went for Howe. Howe whipped the puck to me and we went in on a two-on-one. I was looking to pass the puck to Dineen but they took Dineen away. I didn't have a shot, so I went in and deked him [Don Beaupre]. He went down and I went around him and put the puck in the net."

"It was an unbelievable win," said Flyers coach Bill Dineen. "We played our worst in the second period and our best in the third. There was no quit in this team tonight. It was a drastic turn of events. We just kept coming at them. I think we had a 12-2 advantage in shots at one point. It was a very satisfying victory. It was our first Patrick Division win on the road this season and the first time we've won back-to-back games on the road."

The victory broke a four-game home unbeaten streak by Washington and dropped them two more points behind the New York Rangers who defeated the Detroit Red Wings, 4-2, in the Patrick Division race. This is the first time the Flyers have won at the Capital Centre since December, 1989. They were 0-6-1 until last night.

"I have nothing to say," said a highly upset Capitals coach Terry Murray. "I can't justify what happened tonight. We went from a great period [the second ] to a horrible one. We lost faceoffs, covered the wrong guys and generally played very poorly. No, I never considered changing goaltenders. Donnie Beaupre was the best on the ice the other night and what happened in the third period was not all his fault. I have nothing further to say."

The loss ruined a three-goal performance by Dale Hunter, his first hat trick since Oct. 4, 1983. Dimitri Khristich, Dino Ciccarelli and Kevin Hatcher also scored for the Capitals.

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