Islanders edge Caps in OT, 4-3

April 06, 1994|By Bill Free | Bill Free,Sun Staff Writer

LANDOVER -- New York Islanders left wing Benoit Hogue sent the Washington Capitals down to a disappointing 4-3 defeat last night when he skated in for a goal from point-blank range with 1:26 left in overtime at USAir Arena.

Washington goaltender Don Beaupre was helpless once Hogue easily penetrated the Capitals' defense.

The loss was the second straight for the Capitals, who lost 2-0 and 3-2 leads and continue to struggle in their attempt to wrap up a playoff berth.

It was also a costly night as the Capitals lost defenseman Jim Johnson with a partially torn medial collateral ligament in his left knee.

Johnson was injured in the first period when he was called for an interference penalty in front of the Washington net.

The Islanders sent the game into overtime when Ray Ferraro slipped the puck into the net with just 43 seconds left in regulation.

Ferraro, skating around the net, gathered in a rebound of a Hogue shot at the right crease and scored.

Michal Pivonka had scored on a breakaway with 4:32 left in regulation to give Washington a 3-2 lead.

After the first two periods developed into a duel between Beaupre (19 saves) and New York Islanders goalie Jamie McLennan (21 saves), there was a flurry of goals in the third period.

Kelly Miller gave the Capitals a 2-0 lead at 2:55 of the third when he scored a short-handed goal.

Miller skated out of trouble to the right circle and then cut back to the left circle, where he beat McLennan.

But just when it looked as if the Capitals might be ready to put away the Islanders, the visitors struck back with two goals in less than two minutes to tie the game at 2.

Both New York goals were scored when Beaupre was left vulnerable by the Washington defense.

First it was Hogue skating across the blue line and firing a shot from the right circle past Beaupre to reduce the lead to 2-1 at 5:30.

Then Pierre Turgeon had a clear path to the left circle for a shot that skidded in for a 2-2 tie at 7:26.

Capitals coach Jim Schoenfeld had seen more than enough at that point and called for a timeout.

Randy Burridge had given the Capitals a 1-0 advantage with a power-play goal in the first period.

The second period was all Beaupre for the Capitals as he withstood one Islanders charge after another, including a two-man New York advantage for 1:04 early in the period.

Beaupre was a magician throughout the period, diving left and right to make 13 saves to preserve a 1-0 lead.

He had 19 saves in the first 40 minutes.

With seven minutes left in the second period, Beaupre turned back three straight New York shots from point-blank range and drew a standing ovation from the crowd when the flurry was over.

The Beaupre show completely overshadowed the Washington offense in the second period, as the Capitals looked tentative at times and were overpassing the puck after being aggressive in the first period.

The home team even managed to squander a two-on-one opportunity with a little more than three minutes left in the period.

Steve Konowalchuk and Dimitri Khristich led a Washington breakaway. But Konowalchuk couldn't beat McLennan and the Capitals had to settle for a 1-0 lead after two periods.

It was all Washington in the first period, as the Capitals dominated a hard-hitting, fast-paced opening 20 minutes.

The Capitals sent 14 shots at McLennan but could come up with only one goal.

CAPITALS TONIGHT

Opponent: Ottawa Senators

Site: Ottawa Civic Center

Time: 7:35

TV: Channel 20

Radio: WITH (1230 AM), WMAL (630 AM)

Outlook: The Capitals are in seventh place in the Eastern Conference, and the top eight teams make the playoffs. Ottawa is last in the Eastern Conference and has been eliminated. Washington has the luxury of meeting the Senators in two of its last four regular-season games, tonight on the road and Saturday night at USAir Arena. This is the third meeting of the season between the teams. The Capitals beat the Senators, 6-1, in Ottawa on Dec. 4, and beat them again Dec. 17 at USAir Arena, 11-2.

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