MOSCOW -- Doug Wickenheiser scored four minutes into overtime Friday night to give the Washington Capitals an 8-7 exhibition victory over Spartak, the first time an NHL squad has played in Moscow.
The Calgary Flames, featuring two former Soviet stars, played in Leningrad Thursday night, the first NHL game in the Soviet Union, and defeated Voskresenky Khimik 4-2.
Friday night, Nikolay Borshchevsky scored his second goal of the game with one minute left to force sudden death. Four minutes into the extra period, Wickenheiser delivered the winner.
'The Americans capitalized on 90 percent of all scoring chances and Spartak a maximum of 30-35 percent,' Soviet Coach Viktor Tikhonov said. 'You can't help scoring if five separate times, you are one-on-one with the goalie.'
Mike Ridley added two goals for the Capitals. Yuri Shipitsin of Spartak and Rod Langway of Washington were named the game's top players.
Borshchevsky opened the scoring after two minutes and Andrei Chistyakov put the Soviets ahead 2-0 a minute later. Riddley broke up a power play and rammed in a goal. Scott Stevens evened the score after seven minutes. Spartak went up 3-2 on Vladimir Tyurikov's power-play goal in the 13th minute.
Geoff Courtnall of Washington tied it eight minutes into the second period. Sergei Ageikin then deflected a pass into the net to put Spartak ahead 4-3 a minute later. Alan May tied it before Roman Tkachuk struck for Spartak.
Ridley made the score 5-5 six minutes into the third period and Scot Kleinendorst put the Capitals ahead 6-5 three mintues later. Igor Boldin evened the score before Yvon Corriveau gave the Capitals a 7-6 lead.