Caps tie Canadiens, 1-1, as Beaupre shines in goal

November 24, 1992|By Stuart Cowan | Stuart Cowan,Contributing Writer

MONTREAL -- The Washington Capitals played the Montreal Canadiens to a 1-1 tie last night before 16,309 at the Forum, one of the NHL's toughest arenas in which to earn a point. The tie came one day after the Caps beat the Nordiques, 6-4, in Quebec City.

John LeClair scored for the Canadiens in the first period, and Todd Krygier replied for the Caps in the second.

"I'm very pleased with the way the team has played the past two days," said Caps coach Terry Murray. "It's a big three points for us. It's a big two days.

"We've been hot early in the games recently and very cold at the end and not able to hold a lead," he added. "The way we played tonight is reason to be excited and enthusiastic.

"[The Canadiens] are one of the hottest teams in the league at home, so to get a point, we did something very encouraging."

Montreal has been beaten once at home all season (10-1-2) and has lost only twice in its past 18 outings (14-2-2).

The story last night was goaltending, as the Caps' Don Beaupre and the Canadiens' Patrick Roy showed why they have been named to Patrick Division all-star teams in recent years.

For Beaupre, the game was the highlight of what has been a disappointing season. He entered with a 2-10-0 record and a 4.09 goals-against average.

"Yeah, I think this was my best game," said Beaupre, who made 36 saves. "A lot hasn't gone right for me so far this year."

Said Roy: "Tonight I was very sharp, but Krygier scored a nice goal. I thought he was going to shoot right away, but he kept the puck and made a good move."

The Canadiens appeared to take the lead with 12.9 seconds left in the second period when Mathieu Schneider blasted a shot past Beaupre from high in the slot while the Caps' Krygier (holding) and Al Iafrate (elbowing) were in the penalty box.

,.3l But referee Mark Faucette disallowed the goal, ruling that the Canadiens' Kirk Muller was standing in the goal crease.

* NOTES: The Caps' Rod Langway (knee, shoulder), Randy Burridge (knee), and Jason Wooley (wrist) didn't play last night because of injuries. Bob Carpenter, Steve Konowalchuk, Jeff Greenlaw and Mark Hunter also didn't dress.

Washington... 0... 1... 0... 0... --... 1

Montreal..... 1... 0... 0... 0... --... 1

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