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1977–78 Washington Capitals · NHL
Division 5th Norris
1977–78 record 17–49–14
Goals for 195
Goals against 321
General Manager Max McNab
Coach Tom McVie
Captain Yvon Labre
Team Leaders
Goals Guy Charron (38)
Assists Bob Sirois (37)
Points Guy Charron (73)
Penalties in minutes Gord Lane (195)
Wins Jim Bedard (11)
Goals against average Jim Bedard (3.66)
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1976–77 1978–79

The 1977–78 Washington Capitals season was the 4th in the franchise's history. The Capitals finished last in the Norris Division and did not qualify for the playoffs.

Off-season[edit | edit source]

Regular Season[edit | edit source]

Final Standings[edit | edit source]

Norris Division
  GP W L T GF GA PTS
Montreal Canadiens 80 59 10 11 359 183 129
Detroit Red Wings 80 32 34 14 252 266 78
Los Angeles Kings 80 31 34 15 243 245 77
Pittsburgh Penguins 80 25 37 18 254 321 68
Washington Capitals 80 17 49 14 195 321 48

Note: W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, GF = Goals For, GA = Goals Against, Pts = Points
Teams that qualified for the playoffs are highlighted in bold.


Game Log[edit | edit source]

No. R Date Score Opponent Record
1 W October 14, 1977 2–1 Pittsburgh Penguins (1977–78) 1–0–0
2 L October 15, 1977 2–4 @ Cleveland Barons (1977–78) 1–1–0
3 L October 19, 1977 3–5 Montreal Canadiens (1977–78) 1–2–0
4 L October 24, 1977 1–5 @ Montreal Canadiens (1977–78) 1–3–0
5 W October 26, 1977 6–2 @ Atlanta Flames (1977–78) 2–3–0
6 L October 28, 1977 1–8 @ Colorado Rockies (1977–78) 2–4–0
7 L October 29, 1977 4–7 @ Minnesota North Stars (1977–78) 2–5–0
8 T November 2, 1977 2–2 Chicago Black Hawks (1977–78) 2–5–1
9 L November 3, 1977 1–4 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1977–78) 2–6–1
10 L November 5, 1977 1–3 Philadelphia Flyers (1977–78) 2–7–1
11 L November 8, 1977 1–5 Los Angeles Kings (1977–78) 2–8–1
12 T November 9, 1977 1–1 @ Detroit Red Wings (1977–78) 2–8–2
13 L November 11, 1977 1–3 Toronto Maple Leafs (1977–78) 2–9–2
14 L November 13, 1977 0–6 New York Islanders (1977–78) 2–10–2
15 T November 15, 1977 2–2 @ St. Louis Blues (1977–78) 2–10–3
16 L November 16, 1977 2–5 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1977–78) 2–11–3
17 L November 19, 1977 6–7 Buffalo Sabres (1977–78) 2–12–3
18 L November 20, 1977 2–5 @ Buffalo Sabres (1977–78) 2–13–3
19 T November 23, 1977 2–2 Atlanta Flames (1977–78) 2–13–4
20 L November 24, 1977 0–6 @ Boston Bruins (1977–78) 2–14–4
21 T November 26, 1977 4–4 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1977–78) 2–14–5
22 L November 29, 1977 2–4 @ Los Angeles Kings (1977–78) 2–15–5
23 L December 2, 1977 2–3 Cleveland Barons (1977–78) 2–16–5
24 L December 4, 1977 2–4 Pittsburgh Penguins (1977–78) 2–17–5
25 L December 6, 1977 2–5 Vancouver Canucks (1977–78) 2–18–5
26 W December 7, 1977 5–3 @ Cleveland Barons (1977–78) 3–18–5
27 L December 10, 1977 1–5 @ Atlanta Flames (1977–78) 3–19–5
28 W December 11, 1977 2–1 St. Louis Blues (1977–78) 4–19–5
29 L December 13, 1977 1–3 @ Vancouver Canucks (1977–78) 4–20–5
30 W December 17, 1977 2–1 @ Los Angeles Kings (1977–78) 5–20–5
31 T December 21, 1977 5–5 @ New York Rangers (1977–78) 5–20–6
32 W December 23, 1977 3–2 Detroit Red Wings (1977–78) 6–20–6
33 L December 27, 1977 3–6 Boston Bruins (1977–78) 6–21–6
34 T December 28, 1977 2–2 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1977–78) 6–21–7
35 T December 30, 1977 3–3 New York Rangers (1977–78) 6–21–8
36 W January 2, 1978 3–2 Pittsburgh Penguins (1977–78) 7–21–8
37 W January 4, 1978 4–0 Los Angeles Kings (1977–78) 8–21–8
38 T January 7, 1978 4–4 Buffalo Sabres (1977–78) 8–21–9
39 L January 8, 1978 1–3 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1977–78) 8–22–9
40 L January 11, 1978 3–6 Detroit Red Wings (1977–78) 8–23–9
41 T January 13, 1978 2–2 @ Minnesota North Stars (1977–78) 8–23–10
42 L January 14, 1978 0–4 New York Islanders (1977–78) 8–24–10
43 L January 18, 1978 2–5 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1977–78) 8–25–10
44 L January 19, 1978 1–4 @ Boston Bruins (1977–78) 8–26–10
45 W January 21, 1978 5–2 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1977–78) 9–26–10
46 L January 22, 1978 3–6 @ Detroit Red Wings (1977–78) 9–27–10
47 T January 25, 1978 3–3 Colorado Rockies (1977–78) 9–27–11
48 L January 27, 1978 2–5 Boston Bruins (1977–78) 9–28–11
49 L January 29, 1978 0–4 Minnesota North Stars (1977–78) 9–29–11
50 L January 31, 1978 2–4 @ Vancouver Canucks (1977–78) 9–30–11
51 L February 1, 1978 3–8 @ Los Angeles Kings (1977–78) 9–31–11
52 L February 4, 1978 1–6 @ New York Islanders (1977–78) 9–32–11
53 L February 5, 1978 1–4 @ Buffalo Sabres (1977–78) 9–33–11
54 W February 10, 1978 4–1 @ Cleveland Barons (1977–78) 10–33–11
55 L February 12, 1978 1–4 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1977–78) 10–34–11
56 L February 14, 1978 2–4 Vancouver Canucks (1977–78) 10–35–11
57 L February 17, 1978 2–8 Montreal Canadiens (1977–78) 10–36–11
58 W February 19, 1978 2–1 Minnesota North Stars (1977–78) 11–36–11
59 L February 21, 1978 1–4 Los Angeles Kings (1977–78) 11–37–11
60 L February 23, 1978 1–4 @ Detroit Red Wings (1977–78) 11–38–11
61 L February 25, 1978 0–4 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1977–78) 11–39–11
62 L February 26, 1978 1–6 Philadelphia Flyers (1977–78) 11–40–11
63 W February 28, 1978 7–4 Colorado Rockies (1977–78) 12–40–11
64 T March 4, 1978 3–3 @ St. Louis Blues (1977–78) 12–40–12
65 L March 8, 1978 3–4 @ Montreal Canadiens (1977–78) 12–41–12
66 L March 12, 1978 2–8 @ New York Rangers (1977–78) 12–42–12
67 L March 15, 1978 2–5 Toronto Maple Leafs (1977–78) 12–43–12
68 W March 18, 1978 8–3 Cleveland Barons (1977–78) 13–43–12
69 L March 19, 1978 2–3 St. Louis Blues (1977–78) 13–44–12
70 L March 22, 1978 2–6 Chicago Black Hawks (1977–78) 13–45–12
71 L March 24, 1978 4–11 New York Rangers (1977–78) 13–46–12
72 L March 25, 1978 0–5 @ Montreal Canadiens (1977–78) 13–47–12
73 L March 26, 1978 1–4 Detroit Red Wings (1977–78) 13–48–12
74 T March 28, 1978 4–4 Boston Bruins (1977–78) 13–48–13
75 W March 30, 1978 4–3 @ Colorado Rockies (1977–78) 14–48–13
76 L April 1, 1978 2–3 @ New York Islanders (1977–78) 14–49–13
77 T April 2, 1978 4–4 Montreal Canadiens (1977–78) 14–49–14
78 W April 4, 1978 4–3 Buffalo Sabres (1977–78) 15–49–14
79 W April 8, 1978 6–4 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1977–78) 16–49–14
80 W April 9, 1978 4–2 Atlanta Flames (1977–78) 17–49–14

Playoffs[edit | edit source]

  • The Capitals did not qualify for the post season.

Player Stats[edit | edit source]

Regular Season[edit | edit source]

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM +/- PPG SHG GWG
Charron, GuyGuy Charron C 80 38 35 73 12 -25 4 0 3
Sirois, BobBob Sirois RW 72 24 37 61 6 -11 5 0 1
Meehan, GerryGerry Meehan C 78 19 24 43 10 -41 7 0 2
Picard, RobertRobert Picard D 75 10 27 37 101 -26 2 0 4
Riley, BillBill Riley RW 57 13 12 25 125 -15 5 0 0
Girard, BobBob Girard LW 52 9 14 23 6 -3 1 0 2
Forbes, DaveDave Forbes LW 77 11 11 22 119 -34 0 0 0
Rowe, TomTom Rowe RW 63 13 8 21 82 -18 1 0 0
Collins, BillBill Collins RW 74 10 9 19 18 -32 0 1 1
Bailey, GarnetGarnet Bailey LW 40 7 12 19 28 -12 0 0 2
Green, RickRick Green D 60 5 14 19 67 -35 4 0 1
Bragnalo, RickRick Bragnalo C 44 2 13 15 22 -6 0 0 0
Watson, BryanBryan Watson D 79 3 11 14 167 -12 0 1 0
Smith, GordGord Smith D 80 4 7 11 78 -20 0 0 1
Bolonchuk, LarryLarry Bolonchuk D 49 3 8 11 79 -19 0 0 0
Lane, GordGord Lane D 69 2 9 11 195 -19 0 0 0
Lemieux, JeanJean Lemieux D 16 3 7 10 0 -12 3 0 0
Lynch, JackJack Lynch D 29 1 8 9 4 -13 0 0 0
Marson, MikeMike Marson LW 46 4 4 8 101 1 0 0 0
Patrick, CraigCraig Patrick RW 44 1 7 8 4 -8 1 0 0
Labre, YvonYvon Labre D 22 0 8 8 41 0 0 0 0
Godin, EddyEddy Godin RW 18 3 3 6 6 -14 0 0 0
Lalonde, RonRon Lalonde C 67 1 5 6 16 -18 0 0 0
McKechnie, WaltWalt McKechnie C 16 4 1 5 0 -14 1 0 0
Gibson, DougDoug Gibson C 11 2 1 3 0 -3 0 0 0
Lofthouse, MarkMark Lofthouse RW/C 18 2 1 3 8 -5 0 0 0
Bedard, JimJim Bedard G 43 0 2 2 4 0 0 0 0
Burton, NelsonNelson Burton LW 5 1 0 1 8 -3 0 0 0
Patey, DougDoug Patey RW 2 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 0
Stewart, BlairBlair Stewart C 8 0 1 1 9 -3 0 0 0
White, TonyTony White LW 1 0 0 0 0 -4 0 0 0
Smith, GaryGary Smith G 17 0 0 0 6 0 0 0 0
Wolfe, BernieBernie Wolfe G 25 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L T GA GAA SO
Bedard, JimJim Bedard 2492 43 11 23 7 152 3.66 1
Wolfe, BernieBernie Wolfe 1328 25 4 14 4 94 4.25 0
Smith, GaryGary Smith 980 17 2 12 3 68 4.16 0
Team: 4800 80 17 49 14 314 3.92 1

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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

Awards and Records[edit | edit source]

  • The Capitals did not win any awards this season.

Transactions[edit | edit source]

Draft Picks[edit | edit source]

Farm Teams[edit | edit source]

See Also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1977-78 Washington Capitals Statistics - Hockey-Reference.com. hockey-reference.com. Retrieved on 2009-06-02.

External Links[edit | edit source]


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