Capitals score first exhibition victory


LANDOVER -- Dino Ciccarelli scored a pair of power-play goals to lead the Washington Capitals to a 6-3 National Hockey League exhibition victory over the Boston Bruins last night before 9,210 at the Capital Centre.

It was the first loss of the preseason for Boston (4-1-1) and the first win for the Capitals (1-3-2).

Ciccarelli's second goal, at 9 minutes, 5 seconds of the third period, broke a 3-3 tie and came on assists from Michal Pivonka and Chris Felix. Steve Maltais added an insurance goal at 12:14 on passes from Steve Leach and Rod Langway.

Calle Johansson's short-handed, empty-net goal at the buzzer gave Washington its final margin.

The teams traded power-play goals in the 1-1 first period.

Ciccarelli converted passes from Peter Zezel and Felix at 1:53 while the Capitals had a two-man advantage. Boston tied the score at 10:06 when John Byce completed a two-on-one break with Bobby Carpenter. Carpenter went in on Mike Liut and dropped a pass to Byce, who punched the puck into the open left corner of the cage.

Washington scored the first and last goals in the four-goal second period as the teams remained tied, 3-3, after 40 minutes of play.

Mike Ridley, in the slot, banged home a pass from behind the goal by Maltais at 3:54 of the second period for a 2-1 Capitals lead. However, the Bruins countered with goals from Nevin Markwart at 7:46 and Ralph Barahona at 9:51. Barahona hit the post with a shot, and Washington's Pivonka inadvertently kicked the rebound into the goal for a 3-2 Boston lead.

Tim Bergland got Washington even at 16:05, scoring a breakaway goal after a nifty cross-ice pass from Rob Murray.

NOTES: The Capitals are down to two healthy goaltenders. Don Beaupre is a holdout, Ollie Kolzig has a dislocated shoulder, Shawn Simpson has a pulled groin muscle and Byron DaFoe has an injured knee. This leaves Liut and Jim Hrivnak. . . . The Capitals will wind up their exhibition season with four games in four days this week. Washington will play the Buffalo Sabres in Albany, N.Y., Wednesday, the Flyers in Philadelphia Thursday, the New Jersey Devils in the Richmond Coliseum on Friday and the Flyers at the Baltimore Arena on Saturday.

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