Ciccarelli, Burridge pace Caps Usual scoring stars help top Penguins, 6-4


LANDOVER -- The Washington Capitals turned to familiar sources for firepower yesterday.

Dino Ciccarelli, the team's leading goal scorer with 25, scored two and had an assist, and Randy Burridge, the leading point scorer with 58, had a goal and two assists, leading the Capitals past the Pittsburgh Penguins, 6-4, before 16,691 at the Capital Centre.

"Randy put the puck right on my stick, and I just stuffed it past [Tom] Barrasso," Ciccarelli said of his first goal. "On the second goal, Kevin [Hatcher] made a great play. I was in slot and he found me. I just put the puck in the net. The power-play goal was the turning point of the game. We went in on Barrasso and I gave the puck to Randy, who was in the circle. He made a great shot. I don't know how he got the puck past Barrasso."

Burridge said: "We were geared up for this game. We were grinding hard and we were patient. Donnie Beaupre made some big saves for us, especially on Larry Murphy in the third period."

The victory gave the Capitals the season series with Pittsburgh, 4-1, something they have not accomplished since 1986. It also moved the Capitals to within two points of the idle New York Rangers in the Patrick Division and seven points in front of third-place Pittsburgh.

Ciccarelli gave the Capitals a 2-0 lead in the first period on a pair of goals. However, Pittsburgh scored three consecutive goals in the second period to take a 4-3 lead. Mark Recchi, Jaromir Jagr and Murphy, unassisted, scored for the Penguins. Mario Lemieux assisted on two of the goals.

Burridge's power-play goal on a breakaway off an assist from Ciccarelli tied the score at four at the end of the second period. John Druce's goal on a pass from Dale Hunter put the Capitals back into the lead, and Kelly Miller's goal with 59 seconds remaining sealed the win.

"Hunter gave me a perfect pass, and I just tried to put the puck on the net," said Druce. "Dino did a great job for us early with those two goals. He is a real spark plug on this team and got everyone pumped up.

Pittsburgh was incensed with referee Ron Hoggarth because of an apparent uncalled penalty when Miller took the puck away from Lemieux before Miller's goal, and players charged Hoggarth after the goal. Lemieux, Jagr and Kevin Stevens were assessed game-misconduct penalties because of the outburst.

"It was a good hockey game until the referee got into it... It's just a disgrace for the game, and as long as we're going to have people like that, the game's not going to go anywhere," Lemieux said, "Anybody can get away with it. That's the way this garage league is run."

Bryan Lewis, the NHL's director of officiating, confirmed tha Hoggarth invoked the rule against physical abuse of officials. The league's executive vice president, Brian O'Neill, will review videotapes today and inform the Penguins if there will be a stiffer penalty. Hoggarth was unavailable for comment.

Pittsburgh... 1... 3... 0... --... 4

Washington... 2... 2... 2... --... 6

First period--1, Washington, Ciccarelli 24 (Burridge), :57. 2, Washington, Ciccarelli 25 (Hatcher, Ridley), 11:58. 3, Pittsburgh, Errey 12 (Coffey), 18:54. Penalties--Krygier, Was, major-misconduct-game misconduct (boarding), 4:48; Barrasso, Pit, served by Trottier (slashing), 4:48; Iafrate, Was (interference), 10:44; Stevens, Pit, double minor (holding, unsportsmanlike conduct), 11:10.

Second period--4, Washington, Iafrate 11 (Hunter, Burridge), 5:28. 5, Pittsburgh, Recchi 27 (Lemieux, Coffey), 10:48. 6, Pittsburgh, Jagr 23 (Lemieux, Francis), 12:12. 7, Pittsburgh, Murphy 10, 14:50. 8, Washington, Burridge 17 (Ciccarelli, Hatcher), 18:38 (pp). Penalties--Hunter, Was (holding), 3:05; Stevens, Pit (unsportsmanlike conduct), 5:28; Khristich, Was (hooking), 7:07; Jagr, Pit (roughing), 9:44; Chambers, Was (holding), 10:07; Hatcher, Was (interference), 12:48; Roberts, Pit (hooking), 15:17; Jennings, Pit (roughing), 17:10.

Third period--9, Washington, Druce 8 (Hunter), 7:24. 10, Washington, Miller 9 (Ridley), 19:01. Penalties--Hrdina, Pit (high-sticking), 10:58; Bondra, Was (high-sticking), 10:58; Stevens Pit, misconduct-game misconduct, 19:01; Jagr, Pit, game misconduct, 19:01; Lemieux, Pit, misconduct-game misconduct, 19:01; Murphy, Pit (high-sticking), 19:28; Miller, Was high-sticking), 19:28.

Shots on goal--Pittsburgh 14-16-10--40. Washington 14-14-12--40. Power-play opportunities--Pittsburgh 0 of 6; Washington 1 of 6. Goalies--Pittsburgh, Barrasso, 16-13-5 (40 shots-34 saves). Washington, Beaupre, 16-9-2 (40-36). A--16,691. Referee--Ron Hoggarth. Linesmen--Ryan Bozak, Gord Broseker.

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