LANDOVER, Md. -- Mike Gartner scored a hat trick and rookie Bob Carpenter helped trigger a four-goal second-period uprising Wednesday night that gave the Capitals a 9-3 victory over the Calgary Flames.
Washington, which has lost only once in its last nine games, also took advantage of rookie Torrie Robertson's first two NHL goals.
Gartner finished with two goals and three assists while Carpenter had one goal and three assists. The loss ended Calgary's six-game unbeaten string.
With the score tied at 2-2 and Washington on a power play after the first period, it took only 15 seconds for Gartner to tip in Terry Murray's drive to take the lead for good. Before the period was over, Washington had another goal from Gartner, Robertson's second and one from Carpenter.
Denis Cyr's second goal of the night was the only bright spot for the Flames in the period.
Washington started lethargically and found itself on the short end of a 2-0 count after seven minutes on goals by Cyr and Jim Peplinski. However, Ryan Walter's 11th of the year and Robertson's first broke the spell and set the stage for the second period uprising.
Former Flame Bobby Gould scored an unassisted goal and Dennis Maruk scored on a breakaway in the third period. Gartner completed his hat trick on a breakaway with 42 seconds left.