Power play leaves Caps out in cold 3 extra-man goals propel Jets, 6-2

October 27, 1992|By Tim Campbell | Tim Campbell,Contributing Writer

WINNIPEG, Manitoba -- Momentum steam-rolled the Washington Capitals last night, and not even a proficient penalty-killing unit could stop it.

The Caps took a 2-0 lead to the first intermission but didn't score again and lost, 6-2, to the Winnipeg Jets before 11,409 at Winnipeg Arena.

The Jets stormed back with four second-period goals and two more in the third period -- including three on the power play -- to gain their fourth win in 10 games this season.

It was the first game of a four-game western Canada road trip for the Caps, now 3-6-0 and last in the Patrick Division. They continue the trip tomorrow in Vancouver.

"We were up 2-0 in the first period and we played very, very well with a lot of quality chances and shots on goal," said Caps coach Terry Murray, whose team took 23 shots against Winnipeg goalie Bob Essensa in the first period. "Winnipeg came out and played a heck of a second period, similar to the way we did in the first period. They scored four and that was the game right there."

Murray, however, didn't fault his penalty killers, who had given up only four power-play scores in the first eight games.

"They had 12 power plays," he said. "We killed nine, so our percentage wasn't that bad. That's the highest number of chances against us this year. I don't know if that's the way it's supposed to be or not. It doesn't seem to me like it should be like that."

The Caps were without center Michal Pivonka (groin pull) last night, as well as injured wings Dimitri Kristich and Randy Burridge. Pivonka aggravated his injury in Friday's loss to the New York Islanders.

"Injuries can be an excuse, but it's not going to be," Murray said. "We just need to get a better effort out of everybody. We lost our discipline and poise in the third period and put a lot of pressure on ourselves. That's got to be cleaned up."

The Jets had six power-play chances in the third period and wound up outshooting Washington 28-16 over the final two periods.

Down 2-0, the Jets emerged in the second period with goals from captain Troy Murray, two from Russian rookie Evgeny Davydov and another from Finnish wing Teemu Selanne. Selanne's goal was his ninth in 10 games, tops among NHL rookies.

Another rookie, former U.S. Olympian Keith Tkachuk, scored a pair of third-period insurance goals for the Jets, who received 37 saves from Essensa.

A pair of late second-period penalties proved costly to the Caps. With the score 2-2, referee Bill McCreary sent Al Iafrate off for slashing and Rod Langway for elbowing, leaving the Jets with a two-man advantage for 18 seconds.

Selanne scored before Iafrate's penalty was over, and Davydov put one past goalie Jim Hrivnak with Langway still in the box.

The Caps dominated the first period with 23 shots, getting many of their dangerous chances from four power plays.

Peter Bondra's eighth goal of the season opened the scoring at the 15:20 mark of the first period. Fighting free in front of the Winnipeg net, Bondra redirected Dale Hunter's short centering feed through Essensa's pads.

At 19:38 of the period, former Jet Paul MacDermid shoved in the Caps' second goal. After Jets defenseman Igor Ulanov over-skated the puck behind the net, Bondra popped it into the slot, where MacDermid and Kevin Miller whacked at it. Ulanov recovered enough to get back in front, but a rebound went off his foot in the crease, where MacDermid was waiting to make sure it was across the line.

NOTE: Four has been the Caps' critical number in goals. Scoring four or more, they're unbeaten in three games. Three or less, and the Caps have lost six of six.

Washington 2 0 0 -- 2

Winnipeg 0 4 2 -- 6

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