On October 21, 1976, the Washington Capitals and Los Angeles Kings skated to a 5-5 tie before 7,098 onlookers at the Capital Centre. Each of the contest's 10 goals was scored at even strength.
LA's Don Kozak started the scoring at 3:24 of the first period. Just 36 seconds later, Washington's Harvey Bennett scored the equalizer with Guy Charron and Hartland Monahan picking up the assists. Bennett's goal wrapped up the first period scoring. The Caps outshot the Kings, 8-6.
Just 41 seconds into the second period, the Caps took the lead on a goal by Blair Stewart. Midway through the second period, LA's Marcel Dionne notched the equalizer when he beat Washington's Ron Low. The Kings held the second period advantage in shots as they put 11 on Low while the Caps sent just seven at the Kings' Rogie Vachon. The second period also featured a duel between Washington's Gord Lane and Los Angeles's Dave "The Hammer" Schultz. Each was assessed two minutes for slashing and five for fighting.
The game turned into a barn-burner in the third. LA's Mike Murphy scored at4:02 to give the Kings the lead. At 11:37, Butch Goring scored for the Kings to give the visitors a two-goal advantage. Thirty-six seconds after Goring's goal, Monahan scored to pull the Caps to within one. Just 1:45 after Monahan's goal, Rick Bragnalo beat Vachon to tie the game at 4-4. Dionne's second goal of the game gave the Kings a 5-4 lead with just 1:05 left in the game. Just 16 second later and before the Capitals even had a chance to pull Low for an extra skater, Washington's Guy Charron scored a clutch goal to tie the game. Bennett and Jack Lynch each picked up their second assists of the game on the game-tying score.
The Caps outshot LA 12-6 in the third and held a 27-23 advantage in shots during the game.