Since John Kordic has joined the Washington Capitals, he hasn't scored a goal. But the Capitals couldn't be happier with his performance.
"He's certainly fulfilled his role to a `T,"' Washington general manager David Poile said after watching Kordic lend his muscle to a 5-2 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers on Sunday.In a game that resulted in 294 penalty minutes, Kordic accumulated 22 of them. Ken Sabourin, another tough guy acquired by Washington last month for his physical play, had 17 as the teams combined for the most penalty minutes in Capital Centre history. It surpassed the 240 minutes by the same teams in March 1982.
The NHL record for most penalty minutes by two teams in a game is 406 set by Minnesota and Boston on Feb. 26, 1981.
"Getting tough, physical players like those guys allows the other players to play their game with a little more of a secure feeling," Capitals coach Terry Murray said.
In other NHL games, it was Buffalo 2, Winnipeg 0; Boston 7, Quebec 4; New Jersey 2, Vancouver 0, and Hartford 3, Chicago 1.
Kordic, acquired from Toronto, has had 58 penalty minutes thus far.
"They brought me here for a reason," Kordic said. "I'm just doing what they want me to do. I'd like to think it's helping out."
Between fights, Kevin Hatcher had a goal and two assists to help the Capitals to their third straight victory.
The Flyers, 1-4 since high-scoring Rick Tocchet sustained a groin injury, have scored only five goals in their last four games, all losses. They had not lost four in a row since the end of October.
"We've had a difficult time scoring goals, and for a team that was sitting comfortably with 60 points four games ago, it's frustrating," Philadelphia coach Paul Holmgren said. "Now we're really in a scramble and a dogfight in our division."
The third-place Flyers' lead over New Jersey in the Patrick Division is two points.
Sabres 2, Jets 0
Daren Puppa made 24 saves and Dave Snuggerud's shorthanded goal in the third period broke a scoreless tie as Buffalo beat Winnipeg.
Snuggerud broke the tie at 2:48 of the third period, stealing defenseman Teppo Numinnen's pass at the Buffalo blueline and slipping a shot under goaltender Bob Essensa. Mikko Makela scored into an empty net with 44 seconds remaining in the game.
The victory was Buffalo's first in eight games, while Winnipeg lost for the first time in five.
Bruins 7, Nordiques 4
Craig Janney scored two goals, one during a three-goal blitz in a 2:14 span that broke a third-period tie, as Boston overpowered Quebec.
The Nordiques had overcome 2-0 and 3-2 deficits to tie it on Joe Sakic's power-play goal at 3:34 of the third period.
Defenseman Garry Galley, in the penalty box when Quebec scored, put the Bruins ahead at 5:16. Janney, set up by Cam Neely, added to the lead at 7:02. And 28 seconds later, Neely notched his 37th goal on a rebound past goaltender Scott Gordon.
Sakic, with his second goal of the game, and the Bruins' Ken Hodge then scored 16 seconds apart to maintain the three-goal margin.
Devils 2, Canucks 0
Chris Terreri stopped 27 shots to record his first NHL shutout and New Jersey's first in two seasons, and Brendan Shanahan set up two goals, leading the Devils over visiting Vancouver.
The victory kept the Devils in the fourth and final playoff spot in the Patrick Division, a point ahead of Washington. New Jersey has played one less game than the Capitals.
Terreri didn't have many tough saves against the struggling Canucks, who lost for the fourth time in five games since Pat Quinn became head coach. The last Devils' shutout was recorded by Sean Burke on Mar. 5, 1989 in a 2-0 win over Minnesota.
Jon Morris and John MacLean both scored first-period goals for the Devils.
Whalers 3, Blackhawks 1
Rob Brown scored twice within 12 seconds in the second period and Peter Sidorkiewicz stopped 20 shots as Hartford beat Chicago.
Brown had his third two-goal game since he was obtained from Pittsburgh in late December while Sidorkiewicz, who made 11 saves in the third period, improved his record to 8-3-1 in his last 12 decisions.
Brown gave the Whalers a commanding 3-0 lead by scoring his 17th goal at 2:27 and then his 18th at 2:39.
The loss was the fourth in the last five games for the Blackhawks, who have the second-best record in the league with 74 points in 58 games. Chicago also concluded a six-game road trip with a 2-4 mark.