Caps cruise past Senators, 6-1

December 05, 1993|By Bernard Potvin | Bernard Potvin,Contributing Writer

OTTAWA -- Terry Murray talked about activity away from the puck before last night's game.

He got some with and without it, as the Capitals defeated the Ottawa Senators, 6-1, before an announced crowd of 10,425 at the Ottawa Civic Centre, ending Washington's road losing streak at four games.

Dimitri Khristich's two goals in the third period capped a night in which the Capitals got the lead and held onto it.

L This followed an 8-1 loss by the Senators at Detroit Friday.

"We needed more wins. Nothing is easy. We wanted to come out and score first. We did and scored the first three goals," said Murray, who also praised goalie Rick Tabaracci and the penalty-killing unit.

Senators coach Rick Bowness said, "The power play is very disappointing, but they're [Capitals] bigger, better and lot more experienced right now."

Khristich's first goal came at 1:34 of the third period on assists from Calle Johansson and Todd Krygier. His second came at 7:02 on an assist by Mike Ridley.

Pat Peake got his fourth goal of the season at 10:23 on a pass from Michal Pivonka to close out the scoring.

It was Pivonka's second point of the night after scoring the first goal.

Al Iafrate's goal at 15:32 of the second period gave the Capitals a two-goal lead heading into the dressing room.

Sylvain Cote got the puck to Steve Konowalchuk in the neutral zone, brought it into Senators territory and got the puck to Iafrate on a cross-ice pass. Iafrate let it fly underneath Billington's glove for the goal.

The lead came after Kevin Kaminski, Craig Berube and company roughed up the home team in the opening 10 minutes of the game.

"That's their role. Get some contact going, take the skill out of the game and get the puck to the net," said Murray.

It appeared to pay off as the Senators looked confused most of the game, and as the Capitals defense did its job, the offense responded.

"We figured they were going to come out flying because of their big loss in Detroit. We had a tough hitting game against Montreal, but we were ready," said Iafrate. "We created a lot of opportunities to score and when we did, we capitalized."

The Capitals didn't waste any time getting on the scoreboard.

Just 1:16 into the game on a pass from Khristich in the defensive zone, Johansson faked the shot at the Senators blue line and slid a backhand pass to Pivonka. With no one covering him, Pivonka went to the right of goalie Craig Billington and slid the puck into the bottom left corner to give the Capitals a 1-0 lead.

It was Pivonka's second goal of the year, his first since Oct. 8 against the New Jersey Devils in Landover.

"It was a nice play. He had a chance to shoot it, but he made a nice move to beat the goaltender," said Murray.

Just under nine minutes later, the Capitals added to their lead on the team's second short-handed goal of the year.

With 21 seconds left in Pivonka's tripping penalty, Dave Poulin got the puck to Krygier, who slipped through the Senators' defense and blasted one at the 10:08 mark to the top left corner past Billington, whose left side proved to be a big hole early on.

It was Krygier's sixth goal of the season.

The lead could have been larger, but the Capitals were robbed by Billington, who made some big saves, including one on Randy Burridge's hard shot just below the blue line just over eight minutes into the second period.

Tabaracci was just as sharp. He had to be, as he dealt with a Senators two-man advantage twice and a 60-second blitz late in the second period that was slowed by Iafrate's goal.

The Senators ruined the shutout for Tabaracci on Dave McLlwain's seventh goal of the season.

Twenty-four seconds after Iafrate's goal, Bob Kudelski got the puck to McLlwain, who slid one past Tabaracci to wake up the crowd.

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