On February 25, 1982 the Washington Capitals pounded the St. Louis Blues 9-1 at the Capital Centre in Landover before a paltry crowd of 8,740.
The Blues scored first, getting out to a 1-0 lead at 1:45 of the first period on Jorgen Petterson’s 30th goal of the season. The Capitals outshot the Blues by a whopping 20-6 in the first period.
The Capitals’ Ryan Walter evened the score at 2:45 of the second period when he netted his 31st goal of the season with help from Greg Theberge and Chris Valentine. At 6:43 of the second, Lee Norwood gave Washington a 2-1 lead with his second goal of the season. Lou Franceschetti and Mike Gartner collected assists. Bobby Gould netted his 13th goal of the season with help from Dennis Maruk and Gaetan Duchesne at 9:13 of the second. Just under five minutes later, rookie sensation Bobby Carpenter tallied his 20th goal of the season to push the Washington lead to 4-1. Franceschetti and Gartner assisted on the 18-year-old Carpenter’s milestone goal. Washington put 13 shots on St. Louis netminder Mike Liut while the Blues answered with nine on the Capitals’ Dave Parro.
Just 34 seconds into the third period, Carpenter scored to make it 5-1 Washington. And just 25 seconds after that, he scored his second goal of that shift and third of the game to complete a natural hat trick. Terry Murray earned the lone assist on Carpenter’s second goal of the game and Franceschetti picked up the solo helper on Carpenter’s third goal of the evening. Valentine netted his 18th of the season – an unassisted tally – at 10:43 to give the Capitals a 7-1 advantage. Carpenter scored his fourth of the game and 23rd of the season at 17:38 with assists from Gartner and Murray.
Randy Holt closed out the game’s scoring when he picked up his second goal of the campaign just 18 seconds after Carpenter’s fourth goal. Maruk assisted on the Holt goal, which was Washington’s ninth unanswered tally. That tied the club mark originally set against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Dec. 11, 1981. The Caps edged the Blues in third period shots on goal, 13-12. Washington enjoyed a 46-2 advantage in that category on the evening.
Carpenter was the easy choice for the game’s first star. He became the fifth player in team history to score four goals in a game; Maruk did it twice. With three assists and a first-period fight with the Blues’ Bill Baker, Franceschetti was a goal shy of a Gordie Howe hat trick. He was named the game’s No. 2 star. Walter was the third star.