CALGARY, Alberta -- The Washington Capitals accomplished what no other team in the Patrick Division has been able to do this year - defeat the Calgary Flames on their home ice at the Saddledome.
Bobby Carpenter scored a pair of third-period goals to give the Capitals a come-from-behind 4-3 victory Thursday night.
'We realized Calgary plays well here and knew we had our work cut out for us,' said Washington Coach Bryan Murray.
Murray said the Capitals wanted to make amends for Wednesday's loss to the Winnipeg Jets. 'After last night, we did not want to lose three in a row and the guys just bore down,' he said.
Capital captain Rod Langway mentioned added incentive.
'We knew we had to win as we heard Philadelphia had won earlier. We want to keep winning to keep first place in our division,' said a weary Langway, who along with teammates Mike Gartner, Carpenter and Scott Stevens played his third game in as many nights because of Tuesday's All-Star Game at the Saddledome.
After a scoreless first period, Calgary led 3-2 after 40 minutes.
Eddy Beers put Calgary up 1-0 at 3:31 of the second period. Dave Christian tied the score 39 seconds later. Steve Tambellini and Washington's Greg Adams exchanged goals for a 2-2 tie before Mike Eaves fired in a rebound to put the Flames ahead at 16:34.
Carpenter drilled a 55-foot slapshot past partially screened Don Edwards on a power play to tie the game at 6:03 of the final peeriod.
'We were fortunate Bobby got away an extra shot,' said Murray. Carpenter scored the winner at 13:50, flipping the puck into an open net 20 feet into the slot with Edwards out of play.
'Bobby, he's been playing some good games for us and was due to win a game for us,' said Murray.
Carpenter, who with 46 goals could become the first American-born NHL player to score 50 in a season, said forechecking by his teammates set up the winning goal.
'We forechecked in the corner, and that resulted in the goal,' he said. Gaetan Duschesne and Mike Gartner did the mucking to get the puck over a Flame defenseman's stick and onto Carpenter's backhand.