Flames 4, Capitals 4
CALGARY, Alberta (AP) _ Joe Nieuwendyk scored two second-period goals, including his 400th career point, as the Calgary Flames skated to a 4-4 tie with the Washington Capitals on Thursday night.
Nieuwendyk reached the career plateau at 5:13 with a slapshot on a feed by Gary Roberts.
Six minutes later, Nieuwendyk deflected a goal-mouth pass by Sergei Makarov behind netminder Don Beaupre on the power play. The goal ended Calgary’s 0- for-19 slump with the manpower advantage - a streak that had continued for three games.
The Flames, 1-7-1 in their their last nine games, took it to the Capitals in the first period, only to be denied by Beaupre and some bad bounces.
Two of Beaupre’s 11 saves in the period were at the expense of Gary Leeman, still looking for his first goal with Calgary since being acquired Jan. 2 from the Toronto Maple Leafs. On both, the goalie slid across to rob Leeman.
On another play, Beaupre swept the puck away from Leeman, who had been left alone in the crease area.
The other scorers for Calgary were Carey Wilson and Gary Suter.
Kevin Hatcher, John Druce, Michael Pivonka and Al Iafrate scored for the Capitals, who extended their unbeaten streak to four.
The tying goal by Iafrate came on a power play at 16:57 of the third.
Wilson had scored the only goal of the first after Beaupre came out of the net, almost to the blueline, in a race for the puck against Calgary’s Ron Stern. After those two collided, Wilson picked up the loose puck and moved in, firing a shot into the net over a diving Sylvain Cote at 17:38.
Hatcher sandwiched a power-play goal between the two scores by Nieuwendyk in the second, cashing in a pass from Pivonka behind goalie Mike Vernon at 8:55.
In the third, at the end of a Washington power play, Pivonka skated out from behind the net and slid a pass to Druce, who swept the puck behind Vernon. Suter, though, restored Calgary’s two-goal lead at 7:48, beating Beaupre with a screened shot from near the boards.
But Washington tied it on goals by Pivonka at 13:11 - Druce’s shot deflected off his face mask behind Vernon - and Iafrate, who beat Vernon with a shot from the faceoff circle.
″We played the game we wanted to play, but you can’t control all the factors (such as officiating),″ Calgary Coach Doug Risebrough said.
Capitals goalie Don Beaupre saw it from another angle.
″They didn’t give us too many chances early but, in the third, things really turned around,″ Beaupre said.
With the tie, the Flames extended their unbeaten streak at home against Washington to seven - 4-0-3. The Capitals haven’t won in Calgary dating back to Feb. 22, 1987.
The Flames are 2-8-2 this season against teams from the Patrick, their worst record against any division.