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This Date in Caps History - March 17

by Mike Vogel / Washington Capitals

On March 17, 1983, the Capitals won their third straight game, beating the Bruins 2-1 at Boston Garden.

The Bruins outshot Washington 15-8 in the first period, but the Capitals netted the lone tally. Bengt Gustafsson took a pass from Rod Langway and beat Bruins netminder Pete Peeters at 12:44 to put the Caps on top.

Boston again held the shot advantage in the second period, sending 12 shots netward while Washington managed seven. Neither team was able to find the back of the net, however.

At the 11-minute mark of the third, Gustafsson struck again, beating Peeters to give the Caps a 2-0 lead. With less than two minutes remaining in the game, Caps goaltender Pat Riggin lost his shutout. Boston's Mike Krushelnyski scored, with Barry Pederson and Raymond Bourque picking up the assists.

Riggin earned the victory for Washington, stopping 39 of 40 shots along the way.

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