The Washington Capitals and New York Rangers battled to a 2-2 overtime tie in the opening National Hockey League exhibition game for both before a small turnout of 3,354 at the Baltimore Arena last night.
Ray Sheppard and Lindy Ruff gave New York a 2-0 lead with early goals, and the Capitals rallied on goals by Mike Ridley and Steve Maltais to gain the tie.
The Capitals tied the game at 10 minutes, 19 seconds of the third period on Maltais' unassisted goal. Maltais stole the puck from a defenseman, skated in on goalie John Vanbiesbrouck and shot. Vanbiesbrouck made the save, but Maltais knocked in the rebound for a 2-2 tie.
The game was delayed for more than 20 minutes between the second and third periods because the Zamboni broke down.
Ranger defenseman David Shaw was banished from the game with five minutes remaining for cutting Rob Murray with his stick. The Capitals had a five-minute power play but did not score.
Capitals goalie Jim Hrivnak, who entered the game halfway through for Mike Liut, was outstanding. He made 12 saves.
*NOTES: Capitals goaltender Olaf Kolzig was injured in practice yesterday -- a slight dislocation of his left shoulder -- and will be out of action for at least 10 days.... Goalie Don Beaupre, who is seeking a new contract, and defenseman Kevin Hatcher, who wants to renegotiate his contract, both were missing from last night's game. General manager David Poile, who was at the game, reported no progress with either player.... The Capitals and Rangers will play again tonight at The Scope in Norfolk, Va., and the Capitals will finish the weekend by playing the Hartford Whalers tomorrow in Richmond, Va.... Last night's game was the first preseason meeting between the Capitals and Rangers since 1984. Bob Mason and Al Jensen combined to beat the Rangers, 3-1, in that game, which was played in Cleveland.... The Capitals will play this season's only Capital Centre exhibition game next Saturday at 7:35 p.m. against the Boston Bruins.