Peake, Capitals rally to tie Canadiens, 2-2

December 04, 1993|By Sandra McKee | Sandra McKee,Staff Writer

LANDOVER -- The Washington Capitals didn't want to rush into anything last night. They rushed headlong toward the offensive end against the New York Islanders on Tuesday and suffered relentless counterattacks.

Last night against the Stanley Cup champion Montreal Canadiens, they tried to play responsibly, and, though it didn't get them a victory, it did get them a 2-2 come-from-behind tie.

Rookie Pat Peake assisted on Washington's first goal, by Dave Poulin in the second period, and tied it with a goal 7:31 into the third.

It stopped the Capitals' two-game losing streak, but still left them 1-6-2 in their past nine games. Montreal is 0-5-2 at USAir Arena since January 1991.

"We'll take a point from this game," said Washington coach Terry Murray. "Our start was not what you need against Montreal. They play such solid defense with Patrick Roy in the net. They're second in goals-against in the league. For us to come back from 2-0 down, and have several really good chances to win -- certainly, given the way it started, to come out with a tie was good."

One of the best things to come out of this game may be the new line combination of Peake, Poulin and Keith Jones. Murray said he went through "a hundred" different line combinations yesterday before settling on that threesome.

They gave the struggling Washington offense a lift.

Before last night, Peake had two goals in 17 games.

"I'm having a tough time," Peake said before the game. "I'm not getting myself in proper position, but I know it's going to come. Right now it's a million little things that I have to work on getting right."

Last night, Peake played right wing, with Jones on the left, where he played last season, and finally got right a few of those little things he was worrying about.

The result was a major-league assist on Poulin's second goal of the season, and a nice uncontested wrist shot for Peake's third goal of the season for the tie.

After Poulin, Peake and Jones combined to get the Caps back into the game in the second period, goalie Rick Tabaracci worked hard to make up for the two goals he had allowed in the first period.

He made a terrific save on a shot by J. J. Daigneault with 6:32 to play and came up big again at 3:20, when Benoit Brunet tried to hammer a shot past him.

The Canadiens struck in the first period with 2:28 gone. Captain Guy Carbonneau hit a slap shot that made Tabaracci look bad, as the puck skittered between his legs and into the net for a 1-0 lead.

Three minutes later, defenseman Lyle Odelein let go a Carbonneau-like slap shot of his own and jumped for joy when the puck bounced off the skates of teammate John LeClair and past a diving Tabaracci into the net.

That gave Montreal a 2-0 lead with 14:35 to go in the period.

"I take total blame for that first goal," Tabaracci said. "I hate to have a shot like that, especially at the start of the game. On the second one, those guys made a great play. They got the puck in front of the net, they had a lot of movement and they got the puck into our net. We've got to be careful on plays like that."

Tabaracci and Roy each faced 26 shots on goal and each made 24 saves.

NOTES: The Capitals helped celebrate the 20th anniversary of USAir Arena with a laser show before the game. . . . Rookie Kevin Kaminski, who has played in eight NHL games over five years, suited up and played his first Capitals game. "I was a little nervous, but Craig Berube helped me settle down and it felt good to get in there," he said. "Our line had a few chances. It was a good test." . . . Captain Kevin Hatcher is one of the Caps' hottest players, with nine points in his past five games (three goals, six assists), and has climbed to seventh on the club's all-time scoring list. . . . Washington will have four players on the Canadian national Junior Team that will complete in the World Junior Championships in the Czech Republic beginning Dec. 13: D Brendan Witt, C Jason Allison, RW Martin Gendron and D Patrick Boileau.

Montreal 2 0 0 0 -- 2

Washington 0 1 1 0 -- 2

CAPITALS TONIGHT

Opponent: Ottawa Senators

Site: Ottawa Civic Centre

Time: 8

TV: None

Radio: WMAL (630 AM)

Outlook: The Senators are last in the Northeast Division, but have shown signs that they can be trouble, as they were earlier this week, upsetting the defending Stanley Cup champion Montreal Canadiens. Washington has been up and down all season, although last night's come-from-behind tie with Montreal provided a big lift. Caps RW Peter Bondra (broken left hand), C Dale Hunter (strained medial collateral ligament), RW Alan May (broken left hand) and D Shawn Anderson (bone chips left hand) are out. Ottawa reports D Darren Rumble (bruised thigh) and Norm MacIver (bruised chest) are out and LW Dave Archibald (shoulder) is day-to-day.

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