On October 29, 1991, the Washington Capitals put an 8-0 hurting on the defending Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins at the Igloo in Pittsburgh.
The Penguins boasted a talent-laden lineup that would go on to win a second straight Stanley Cup the following spring. Among the luminaries wearing Penguins sweaters that night: Hall of Famers Joey Mullen, Bryan Trottier and Mario Lemieux; future Hall of Famers Tom Barrasso, Ron Francis, Jaromir Jagr, Paul Coffey and Larry Murphy; and Kevin Stevens and Mark Recchi. Stevens scored 54 goals that season and Recchi had 70 points in 58 games.
One of Washington’s future Hall of Famers – Dino Ciccarelli – opened the scoring when he beat Barrasso at 11:47 of the first period. The Caps outshot Pittsburgh 13-12 in the opening frame but Ciccarelli’s goal – his seventh of the season – was the lone tally. Just three seconds after Ciccarelli’s goal, Barrasso left the Pittsburgh nets with an injury and was replaced by Frank Pietrangelo.
At exactly the halfway mark of the second period, Washington’s Dale Hunter solved Pietrangelo for his second goal of the season. Hunter’s goal came on the power play and was the only special teams goal the Caps would score all night. At the 14:14 mark, Peter Bondra netted his ninth of the campaign. At 17:48,Dmitri Khristich scored to give Washington a 4-0 lead. The Capitals dominated the middle period, outshooting Pittsburgh by a 13-3 count.
Randy Burridge scored his fourth of the year for Washington at 7:20 of the third. Five minutes later, Dave Tippett scored his first to push the margin to 6-0. Two minutes after Tippett’s tally, Mike Lalor scored to make it 7-0. Michal Pivonka’s fifth goal of the season closed out the scoring at 15:35 of the final frame. The Caps outshot the Pens 15-11 in the third and 44-26 on the evening.
Eight different Capitals scored goals in the game. Khristich and Bondra – with a goal and three assists each – were named the game’s number one and two stars, respectively. Goaltender Don Beaupre won third star honors for his 26-save shutout. The whitewashing was the first suffered by the Penguins in 211 games, a franchise record for Pittsburgh and 53 games shy of Calgary’s league mark. Ironically, the Capitals were also the last team to shutout the Pens prior to the start of that streak, also by an 8-0 score. That game took place on January 2, 1989. Barrasso and Pietrangelo also suffered through that barrage, during which Bengt Gustafsson and Dave Christian each notched a pair of goals for Washington.