Moog gets 300th at Caps' expense

March 19, 1994|By Mike McAllister | Mike McAllister,Special to The Sun

DALLAS -- In their previous game, the Washington Capitals watched goaltender Don Beaupre post a milestone victory.

Last night at Reunion Arena, the Capitals were witness to Dallas Stars goaltender Andy Moog's own momentous occasion.

Despite firing 47 shots on goal, the Capitals lost a 6-2 decision that gave Moog his 300th career victory -- the 10th goaltender in NHL history to reach that mark.

Beaupre reached 250 wins earlier in the week with a 5-4 overtime win at Pittsburgh. But the Capitals goalie lasted barely more than a period last night. Coach Jim Schoenfeld replaced Beaupre with Byron Dafoe 31 seconds into the second period after Washington fell behind, 3-1.

On this night, Moog was good and lucky. He made the key saves when necessary, and the Capitals banged two shots off the post.

Meanwhile, the Stars -- despite being outshot 47-33 -- won the battle during odd-man situations. Dallas defenseman Darien Hatcher, brother of Capitals defenseman Kevin Hatcher, scored a short-handed goal in the first period, and the Stars converted three power-play opportunities and scored five consecutive goals to take control. Leading scorer Mike Modano scored twice and added two assists.

The Capitals converted just one of seven power-play chances, but the Stars -- ranked just 16th in the power play -- scored on three of seven opportunities. Schoenfeld wasn't too pleased with his power-play or penalty-killing units.

"Frankly, I'm tired of making excuses for both groups," Schoenfeld said. "I've tried to be positive through it all and point out the good things. But enough's enough. The job isn't getting done."

Kevin Hatcher said: "Special teams win a lot of games for you. Right now, they're not working for us."

Schoenfeld said his decision to replace Beaupre wasn't to inspire his club, but simply because his goaltender was having a bad night.

"I didn't think Donnie was at the top of his game," Schoenfeld said. "It looked to me like he was guessing at the shots. Unfortunately, he guessed wrong."

Moog, who failed in four previous starts to record 300, said he felt relieved after reaching the mark.

"It was a monkey on my back for two weeks," he said. "But anything worth that much takes time.

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