On Oct. 4, 1991, the Capitals hosted the Philadelphia Flyers in the opening night contest of the 1991-92 season. The Caps bested the Flyers 5-2 that night at USAir Arena in Landover.
Philly sophomore Mike Ricci started the scoring with a goal at 12:17 of the first frame. Washington drew even less than two minutes later when Sylvain Cote scored a power play tally with help from Dale Hunter and Dmitri Khristich. The two teams were tied at 1-1 after the first 20 minutes of play.
Washington’s Peter Bondra put his team up by a 2-1 count when he scored at 5:44 of the second, Hunter again assisting. Exactly halfway through the contest, Philadelphia’s Tony Horacek scored to again even things up at 2-2.
The Caps finished with a flourish, scoring three unanswered goals. Dino Ciccarelli scored what would prove to be the game-winner at 16:34 of the second period. Randy Burridge collected the lone assist on that go-ahead marker.
Hunter and Michal Pivonka set up Bondra’s second goal of the game at 17:20 of the third to give Washington some breathing room at 4-2. With Flyers’ goaltender Ron Hextall off for an extra attacker, Khristich concluded the night’s scoring with an empty-net goal, Calle Johansson assisting.
Caps netminder Mike Liut made 24 stops on 26 shots to earn his first win of the season as Washington won an opening night game for just the second time in a span of nine seasons.