1994–95 Washington Capitals season

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1994–95 Washington Capitals
Division 3rd Atlantic
Conference 6th Eastern
1994–95 record 22–18–8
Home record 15-6-3
Road record 7-12-5
Goals for 136
Goals against 120
Team information
General Manager David Poile
Coach Jim Schoenfeld
Captain Dale Hunter
Alternate captains Calle Johansson
Joe Juneau
Michal Pivonka
Arena USAir Arena
Team leaders
Goals Peter Bondra (34)
Assists Joe Juneau (38)
Points Peter Bondra (43)
Joe Juneau
Penalties in minutes Craig Berube (173)
Plus/minus Joe Reekie (+10)
Wins Jim Carey (18)
Goals against average Jim Carey (2.13)
<1993–94 1995–96>

The 1994–95 Washington Capitals season was the team's twenty-first season of play. After stumbling to a 3-10-5 record by February 28, the Capitals caught a break in bringing up 20-year-old rookie goaltender Jim Carey from the Portland Pirates for their March 2 game against the New York Islanders. The Capitals edged the Islanders 4-3 and Carey made 21 saves. Carey would finish his rookie season with an impressive 18-6-3 record, a 2.13 GAA and 4 shutouts. With the help of Carey's superb goaltending, Washington would go on to win 19 of their final 30 games and finish in 6th place in the Eastern Conference, with a 22-18-8 record for 52 points. Peter Bondra had an excellent season, leading all NHL skaters in goals (34) and shorthanded goals (6).

Offseason[edit]

Regular season[edit]

The Capitals tied the Buffalo Sabres for the most short-handed goals scored (13) and tied the St. Louis Blues for the fewest short-handed goals allowed (2) during the regular season.[1]

Final standings[edit]

Atlantic Division
No. CR GP W L T GF GA Pts
1 2 Philadelphia Flyers 48 28 16 4 150 132 60
2 5 New Jersey Devils 48 22 18 8 136 121 52
3 6 Washington Capitals 48 22 18 8 136 120 52
4 8 New York Rangers 48 22 23 3 139 134 47
5 9 Florida Panthers 48 20 22 6 115 127 46
6 12 Tampa Bay Lightning 48 17 28 3 120 144 37
7 13 New York Islanders 48 15 28 5 126 158 35

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Note: No. = Division rank, CR = Conference rank, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, GF = Goals For, GA = Goals Against, Pts = Points
       Teams that qualified for the playoffs are highlighted in bold.


Schedule and results[edit]

No. R Date Score Opponent Record
1 T January 21, 1995 1–1 OT @ Hartford Whalers (1994–95) 0–0–1
2 L January 24, 1995 1–5 @ Quebec Nordiques (1994–95) 0–1–1
3 L January 25, 1995 0–2 @ Montreal Canadiens (1994–95) 0–2–1
4 W January 27, 1995 5–2 New York Islanders (1994–95) 1–2–1
5 L January 29, 1995 1–4 Pittsburgh Penguins (1994–95) 1–3–1
6 L February 2, 1995 0–1 Buffalo Sabres (1994–95) 1–4–1
7 W February 4, 1995 3–2 Florida Panthers (1994–95) 2–4–1
8 L February 7, 1995 1–2 @ Buffalo Sabres (1994–95) 2–5–1
9 L February 8, 1995 4–5 @ New York Rangers (1994–95) 2–6–1
10 T February 11, 1995 1–1 OT @ Boston Bruins (1994–95) 2–6–2
11 L February 13, 1995 3–5 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1994–95) 2–7–2
12 L February 15, 1995 2–4 @ New Jersey Devils (1994–95) 2–8–2
13 W February 18, 1995 4–2 Quebec Nordiques (1994–95) 3–8–2
14 L February 20, 1995 0–2 New Jersey Devils (1994–95) 3–9–2
15 T February 23, 1995 5–5 OT @ Ottawa Senators (1994–95) 3–9–3
16 T February 25, 1995 3–3 OT @ New Jersey Devils (1994–95) 3–9–4
17 T February 26, 1995 1–1 OT Tampa Bay Lightning (1994–95) 3–9–5
18 L February 28, 1995 2–4 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1994–95) 3–10–5
19 W March 2, 1995 4–3 @ New York Islanders (1994–95) 4–10–5
20 W March 4, 1995 5–1 Montreal Canadiens (1994–95) 5–10–5
21 W March 5, 1995 4–2 New York Rangers (1994–95) 6–10–5
22 W March 7, 1995 3–1 @ Boston Bruins (1994–95) 7–10–5
23 T March 10, 1995 2–2 OT Ottawa Senators (1994–95) 7–10–6
24 W March 12, 1995 3–1 Tampa Bay Lightning (1994–95) 8–10–6
25 W March 13, 1995 3–0 @ Tampa Bay Lightning (1994–95) 9–10–6
26 L March 16, 1995 1–5 @ Florida Panthers (1994–95) 9–11–6
27 W March 18, 1995 4–1 New York Rangers (1994–95) 10–11–6
28 W March 20, 1995 5–0 @ Hartford Whalers (1994–95) 11–11–6
29 W March 21, 1995 1–0 Ottawa Senators (1994–95) 12–11–6
30 T March 25, 1995 2–2 OT Philadelphia Flyers (1994–95) 12–11–7
31 L March 26, 1995 3–4 OT Hartford Whalers (1994–95) 12–12–7
32 W March 29, 1995 4–2 @ Tampa Bay Lightning (1994–95) 13–12–7
33 W March 31, 1995 6–4 Quebec Nordiques (1994–95) 14–12–7
34 W April 2, 1995 2–1 Boston Bruins (1994–95) 15–12–7
35 W April 4, 1995 5–4 @ New York Islanders (1994–95) 16–12–7
36 L April 8, 1995 1–3 Philadelphia Flyers (1994–95) 16–13–7
37 L April 11, 1995 1–3 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1994–95) 16–14–7
38 L April 12, 1995 1–2 New Jersey Devils (1994–95) 16–15–7
39 W April 14, 1995 3–0 Florida Panthers (1994–95) 17–15–7
40 L April 16, 1995 2–4 @ Quebec Nordiques (1994–95) 17–16–7
41 L April 17, 1995 2–5 @ Montreal Canadiens (1994–95) 17–17–7
42 W April 21, 1995 6–3 Hartford Whalers (1994–95) 18–17–7
43 W April 22, 1995 2–1 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1994–95) 19–17–7
44 L April 24, 1995 4–5 @ New York Rangers (1994–95) 19–18–7
45 W April 26, 1995 6–5 New York Islanders (1994–95) 20–18–7
46 W April 28, 1995 5–1 Buffalo Sabres (1994–95) 21–18–7
47 T April 30, 1995 2–2 OT @ Florida Panthers (1994–95) 21–18–8
48 W May 2, 1995 7–2 Pittsburgh Penguins (1994–95) 22–18–8

Playoffs[edit]

In the first round of the playoffs, the Capitals faced their old rivals from 1991, 1992, and 1994, the Pittsburgh Penguins. Washington had defeated Pittsburgh in the first round one year earlier and were hoping to do the same in 1995. The series started out well for the Capitals, as they defeated the Penguins 5-4 in the opening game. In game 2, Washington held a 3-1 lead after two periods, but Pittsburgh scored four times in the thirs period to win 5-3 and tie the series at 1-1. Washington won games 3 and 4 at home by identical scores of 6-2. The two teams skated to a 5-5 tie in game 5. Just 4 minutes and 30 seconds into the first overtime period, Luc Robitaille scored his 4th of the playoffs to keep the Penguins alive in the series. Peter Bondra, Dale Hunter, Jaromir Jagr and Kevin Stevens each scored twice in the game. Leading 3 games to 2, the Capitals had a chance to eliminate the Penguins on home ice in game 6, but goaltender Jim Carey struggled, allowing 6 goals on just 13 shots. Washington got only one shot (by Keith Jones) past Pittsburgh goaltender Ken Wregget, who made 30 saves. The Penguins went on to win the game 7-1 and tied the series at 3 games apiece. Jaromir Jagr, Luc Robitaille and Tomas Sandstrom each scored twice. In game 7, Carey played better than he had in game 6, stopping 15 of 17 shots, but Ken Wregget was solid again and stopped all 33 Washington shots to get the shutout. Troy Murray would add an empty-net goal to give Pittsburgh a 3-0 win and the series 4 games to 3. It was the second time in four years that the Penguins had defeated the Capitals after trailing 3 games to 1 in the Playoffs.

Player statistics[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM +/- PPG SHG GWG
Bondra, PeterPeter Bondra RW 47 34 9 43 24 9 12 6 3
Juneau, JoeJoe Juneau C 44 5 38 43 8 -1 3 0 0
Pivonka, MichalMichal Pivonka C 46 10 23 33 50 3 4 2 2
Johansson, CalleCalle Johansson D 46 5 26 31 35 -6 4 0 2
Khristich, DmitriDmitri Khristich LW/C 48 12 14 26 41 0 8 0 2
Konowalchuk, SteveSteve Konowalchuk LW 46 11 14 25 44 7 3 3 3
Miller, KellyKelly Miller LW 48 10 13 23 6 5 2 0 1
Hunter, DaleDale Hunter C 45 8 15 23 101 -4 3 0 1
Jones, KeithKeith Jones RW 40 14 6 20 65 -2 1 0 4
Cote, SylvainSylvain Cote D 47 5 14 19 53 2 1 0 2
Johnson, JimJim Johnson D 47 0 13 13 43 6 0 0 0
Tinordi, MarkMark Tinordi D 42 3 9 12 71 -5 2 0 1
Poulin, DaveDave Poulin C 29 4 5 9 10 2 0 2 0
Gonchar, SergeiSergei Gonchar D 31 2 5 7 22 4 0 0 0
Reekie, JoeJoe Reekie D 48 1 6 7 97 10 0 0 0
Berube, CraigCraig Berube LW 43 2 4 6 173 -5 0 0 0
Pearson, RobRob Pearson RW 32 0 6 6 96 -6 0 0 0
Klee, KenKen Klee D 23 3 1 4 41 2 0 0 0
Eagles, MikeMike Eagles C/LW 13 1 3 4 8 2 0 0 0
Peake, PatPat Peake C 18 0 4 4 12 -6 0 0 0
Allison, JasonJason Allison C 12 2 1 3 6 -3 2 0 0
Gendron, MartinMartin Gendron RW 8 2 1 3 2 3 0 0 0
Slaney, JohnJohn Slaney D 16 0 3 3 6 -3 0 0 0
Kaminski, KevinKevin Kaminski C 27 1 1 2 102 -6 0 0 1
Nelson, JeffJeff Nelson C 10 1 0 1 2 -2 0 0 0
Tabaracci, RickRick Tabaracci G 8 0 1 1 2 0 0 0 0
Ulanov, IgorIgor Ulanov D 3 0 1 1 2 3 0 0 0
Burridge, RandyRandy Burridge LW 2 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0
Carey, JimJim Carey G 28 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Dafoe, ByronByron Dafoe G 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Kolzig, OlafOlaf Kolzig G 14 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L T GA GAA SO SA SV SV%
Carey, JimJim Carey 1604 28 18 6 3 57 2.13 4 654 597 .913
Kolzig, OlafOlaf Kolzig 724 14 2 8 2 30 2.49 0 305 275 .902
Dafoe, ByronByron Dafoe 187 4 1 1 1 11 3.53 0 80 69 .863
Tabaracci, RickRick Tabaracci 394 8 1 3 2 16 2.44 0 147 131 .891
Team: 2909 48 22 18 8 114 2.35 4 1186 1072 .904

Playoffs[edit]

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM PPG SHG GWG
Bondra, PeterPeter Bondra RW 7 5 3 8 10 2 0 1
Hunter, DaleDale Hunter C 7 4 4 8 24 2 0 0
Jones, KeithKeith Jones RW 7 4 4 8 22 1 0 0
Juneau, JoeJoe Juneau C 7 2 6 8 2 0 0 0
Konowalchuk, SteveSteve Konowalchuk LW 7 2 5 7 12 0 1 0
Khristich, DmitriDmitri Khristich LW/C 7 1 4 5 0 0 0 0
Pivonka, MichalMichal Pivonka C 7 1 4 5 21 0 0 0
Johansson, CalleCalle Johansson D 7 3 1 4 0 1 0 0
Gonchar, SergeiSergei Gonchar D 7 2 2 4 2 0 0 1
Cote, SylvainSylvain Cote D 7 1 3 4 2 0 0 0
Miller, KellyKelly Miller LW 7 0 3 3 4 0 0 0
Eagles, MikeMike Eagles C/LW 7 0 2 2 4 0 0 0
Johnson, JimJim Johnson D 7 0 2 2 8 0 0 0
Pearson, RobRob Pearson RW 3 1 0 1 17 0 0 1
Berube, CraigCraig Berube LW 7 0 0 0 29 0 0 0
Carey, JimJim Carey G 7 0 0 0 4 0 0 0
Dafoe, ByronByron Dafoe G 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Kaminski, KevinKevin Kaminski C 5 0 0 0 36 0 0 0
Klee, KenKen Klee D 7 0 0 0 4 0 0 0
Kolzig, OlafOlaf Kolzig G 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Poulin, DaveDave Poulin C 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Reekie, JoeJoe Reekie D 7 0 0 0 2 0 0 0
Tinordi, MarkMark Tinordi D 1 0 0 0 2 0 0 0
Ulanov, IgorIgor Ulanov D 2 0 0 0 4 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L GA GAA SO SA SV SV%
Carey, JimJim Carey 358 7 2 4 25 4.19 0 151 126 .834
Kolzig, OlafOlaf Kolzig 44 2 1 0 1 1.36 0 21 20 .952
Dafoe, ByronByron Dafoe 20 1 0 0 1 3.00 0 3 2 .667
Team: 422 7 3 4 27 3.84 0 175 148 .846

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Note: GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; +/- = Plus/Minus; PIM = Penalty Minutes; PPG=Power-play goals; SHG=Short-handed goals; GWG=Game-winning goals
      MIN=Minutes played; W = Wins; L = Losses; T = Ties; GA = Goals Against; GAA = Goals Against Average; SO = Shutouts; SA=Shots Against; SV=Shots saved; SV% = Save Percentage;

Awards and records[edit]

Transactions[edit]

Roster[edit]

Draft picks[edit]

Dan Carmody Jake Brennan

Farm teams[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.hockey-reference.com/leagues/NHL_1995.html
  2. ^ Standings: NHL Public Relations Department (2008). Dave McCarthy et al, ed. THE NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE Official Guide & Record Book/2009. National Hockey League. p. 154. ISBN 978-1-894801-14-0. 
  3. ^ "1994-95 Washington Capitals Statistics – Hockey-Reference.com". hockey-reference.com. Retrieved 2009-06-01. 

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