On Oct. 15, 1974, the Washington Capitals played the first home game in franchise history against the Los Angeles Kings at the Capital Centre in Landover. The Caps and Kings skated to a 1-1 tie.
After dropping the first two games of their existence on the road against the New York Rangers and Minnesota North Stars, respectively, the Capitals inaugurated their new building against Norris Division foe Los Angeles. A disappointing crowd of just 8,093 was on hand for the first NHL game played in the District.
Ron Low was in net for Washington and he was opposed by Los Angeles veteran Rogatien Vachon. After a scoreless first period, Caps defenseman Yvon Labre scored the first-ever goal at the Capital Centre with help from Dave Kryskow and Bill Lesuk at 4:35 of the second period.
The lead lasted less than three minutes. Kings left wing Dan Maloney scored to even the game and close out the night’s scoring at the 7:54 mark of the middle frame.
The Capitals were outshot 34-20 on the night, and Washington’s penalty killing corps was able to successfully face down six Los Angeles power play chances without surrendering an extra-man tally.