Blues 4, Capitals 2
WASHINGTON (AP) _ Michel Picard scored the tie-breaking goal with 7:47 left, and the St. Louis Blues went on to defeat the Washington Capitals 4-2 Wednesday night.
The loss officially eliminated the defending Eastern Division champion Capitals from the playoffs.
The victory extended the Blues’ unbeaten streak to four and gave them their first victory in Washington since March 19, 1991. St. Louis had lost six straight in that period.
With the score tied at 2, Picard took a pass from Scott Young and shot from in front. Washington goalie Rick Tabaracci got a piece of the puck, but it trickled into the net.
Defenseman Al MacInnis added an empty-net goal with 29 seconds left to seal the victory.
Tabaracci had a big night, making a number of spectacular saves to keep the Capitals in the game. He finished with 28 saves, including 15 in the second period as St. Louis manufactured a number of scoring chances.
The Blues took a 1-0 lead when Jamal Mayers scored in front at 5:56 of the first period after taking a pass from Terry Yake.
The teams produced three goals within 45 seconds of the second. Washington’s Mike Eagles scored from between the circles at 4:09 to make it 1-1. Young gave St. Louis the lead 14 seconds later by firing a slap shot past Tabaracci.
But Washington tied it 2-2 just 31 seconds after that Benoit Gratton re-directed a slap shot by Joe Reeki past Grant Fuhr for his first NHL goal.