On December 16, 1989, the Washington Capitals skated to a 5-2 win over the Hartford Whalers in Hartford.
Scott Stevens started the scoring for the Capitals with an unassisted power play strike at 4:43 of the first period. The goal was Stevens' fourth of the campaign and it was the lone goal of the period. The Caps managed six shots on Hartford netminder Mike Liut while the Whalers squeezed off five against Washington's Don Beaupre.
Hartford's Randy Cunneyworth answered with a power play goal of his own at 5:31 of the second to knot the score at 1-1. Steve Leach's eighth of the season came at 13:19 and it restored Washington's one-goal advantage. At 15:39, Dino Ciccarelli netted his 16th of the season to give the Capitals a 3-1 lead. Hartford outshot the Caps 17-10 in the middle period but the Caps took a two-goal lead into the second intermission.
Kevin Dineen scored a power play goal for the Whale at 4:13 of the third to make it 3-2 Caps. Just 55 seconds later, Washington's Yvon Corriveau restored the Capitals' two-goal margin. John Druce closed out the scoring for Washington with his first goal of the season at 10:06. Hartford outshot Washington by a 10-8 margin in the third period and by 32-24 on the night.
The Hartford lineup that night was liberally dotted with future and former Capitals. Liut later played for the Capitals and backup goaltender Peter Sidorkiewicz was originally drafted by Washington. Other Whalers who suited up that night and also did time in the Washington organization include Joel Quenneville, Grant Jennings, Brad Shaw, Dean Evason, Dave Tippett, Todd Krygier and Ed Kastelic. Four other Whalers from that season - Sylvain Cote, Terry Yake, Jim McKenzie and James Black - also went on to play for the Capitals.