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1987–88 Washington Capitals · NHL
Division 2nd Patrick
1987–88 record 38–33–9
Goals for 281
Goals against 249
General Manager David Poile
Coach Bryan Murray
Captain Rod Langway
Team Leaders
Goals Mike Gartner (48)
Assists Scott Stevens (60)
Points Mike Gartner (81)
Penalties in minutes Dale Hunter (240)
Wins Clint Malarchuk (24)
Goals against average Pete Peeters (2.78)
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1986–87 1988–89

The 1987–88 Washington Capitals season was the 14th in the franchise's history. The Capitals finished 2nd in the Patrick Division and lost in the Division Finals to the New Jersey Devils 4 games to 3.

Off-season[edit | edit source]

Regular Season[edit | edit source]

Final Standings[edit | edit source]

Patrick Division
  GP W L T GF GA PTS
New York Islanders 80 39 31 10 308 267 88
Philadelphia Flyers 80 38 33 9 292 292 85
Washington Capitals 80 38 33 9 281 249 85
New Jersey Devils 80 38 36 6 295 296 82
New York Rangers 80 36 34 10 300 283 82
Pittsburgh Penguins 80 36 35 9 319 316 81

Note: GP = Games played, 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 L October 8, 1987 3–4 @ Boston Bruins (1987–88) 0–1–0
2 W October 10, 1987 6–4 Chicago Blackhawks (1987–88) 1–1–0
3 L October 11, 1987 5–6 @ Buffalo Sabres (1987–88) 1–2–0
4 W October 16, 1987 6–2 Hartford Whalers (1987–88) 2–2–0
5 W October 17, 1987 4–3 New York Rangers (1987–88) 3–2–0
6 W October 19, 1987 4–2 @ New York Rangers (1987–88) 4–2–0
7 W October 22, 1987 4–1 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1987–88) 5–2–0
8 L October 24, 1987 2–3 Montreal Canadiens (1987–88) 5–3–0
9 W October 27, 1987 3–2 @ Vancouver Canucks (1987–88) 6–3–0
10 L October 30, 1987 2–3 OT @ Winnipeg Jets (1987–88) 6–4–0
11 T October 31, 1987 3–3 OT @ Minnesota North Stars (1987–88) 6–4–1
12 W November 3, 1987 3–2 Vancouver Canucks (1987–88) 7–4–1
13 L November 6, 1987 1–4 Quebec Nordiques (1987–88) 7–5–1
14 L November 7, 1987 1–4 @ New Jersey Devils (1987–88) 7–6–1
15 L November 10, 1987 3–4 OT @ New York Islanders (1987–88) 7–7–1
16 L November 11, 1987 2–3 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1987–88) 7–8–1
17 W November 14, 1987 4–1 Minnesota North Stars (1987–88) 8–8–1
18 L November 17, 1987 0–1 Detroit Red Wings (1987–88) 8–9–1
19 L November 20, 1987 3–5 @ Buffalo Sabres (1987–88) 8–10–1
20 W November 21, 1987 4–3 @ Hartford Whalers (1987–88) 9–10–1
21 W November 25, 1987 4–1 Boston Bruins (1987–88) 10–10–1
22 L November 27, 1987 2–4 Pittsburgh Penguins (1987–88) 10–11–1
23 T November 28, 1987 5–5 OT @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1987–88) 10–11–2
24 W December 1, 1987 4–2 Edmonton Oilers (1987–88) 11–11–2
25 L December 4, 1987 4–6 New York Islanders (1987–88) 11–12–2
26 W December 6, 1987 10–3 Los Angeles Kings (1987–88) 12–12–2
27 L December 8, 1987 4–5 Calgary Flames (1987–88) 12–13–2
28 L December 9, 1987 4–5 @ Hartford Whalers (1987–88) 12–14–2
29 W December 12, 1987 2–1 Chicago Blackhawks (1987–88) 13–14–2
30 L December 15, 1987 3–5 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1987–88) 13–15–2
31 L December 16, 1987 1–6 @ Detroit Red Wings (1987–88) 13–16–2
32 W December 18, 1987 4–2 Toronto Maple Leafs (1987–88) 14–16–2
33 T December 20, 1987 1–1 OT St. Louis Blues (1987–88) 14–16–3
34 W December 22, 1987 2–1 @ Quebec Nordiques (1987–88) 15–16–3
35 T December 23, 1987 2–2 OT @ Montreal Canadiens (1987–88) 15–16–4
36 L December 26, 1987 2–3 Philadelphia Flyers (1987–88) 15–17–4
37 T December 28, 1987 4–4 OT @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1987–88) 15–17–5
38 W December 30, 1987 4–3 @ New Jersey Devils (1987–88) 16–17–5
39 W January 1, 1988 5–3 Pittsburgh Penguins (1987–88) 17–17–5
40 W January 2, 1988 2–0 Edmonton Oilers (1987–88) 18–17–5
41 W January 5, 1988 3–1 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1987–88) 19–17–5
42 W January 8, 1988 8–4 New York Rangers (1987–88) 20–17–5
43 L January 10, 1988 2–8 @ Calgary Flames (1987–88) 20–18–5
44 L January 11, 1988 2–3 @ Edmonton Oilers (1987–88) 20–19–5
45 W January 13, 1988 8–3 @ Los Angeles Kings (1987–88) 21–19–5
46 L January 16, 1988 1–3 @ St. Louis Blues (1987–88) 21–20–5
47 L January 17, 1988 4–5 @ Chicago Blackhawks (1987–88) 21–21–5
48 W January 19, 1988 6–4 New Jersey Devils (1987–88) 22–21–5
49 T January 23, 1988 3–3 OT Buffalo Sabres (1987–88) 22–21–6
50 L January 26, 1988 2–3 Winnipeg Jets (1987–88) 22–22–6
51 W January 29, 1988 4–3 Montreal Canadiens (1987–88) 23–22–6
52 W January 31, 1988 1–0 OT Philadelphia Flyers (1987–88) 24–22–6
53 L February 2, 1988 2–3 OT @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1987–88) 24–23–6
54 L February 5, 1988 2–4 New York Islanders (1987–88) 24–24–6
55 L February 6, 1988 0–3 New York Rangers (1987–88) 24–25–6
56 W February 11, 1988 5–3 @ New York Rangers (1987–88) 25–25–6
57 W February 12, 1988 6–2 New York Islanders (1987–88) 26–25–6
58 W February 14, 1988 5–4 OT Calgary Flames (1987–88) 27–25–6
59 W February 17, 1988 4–3 @ New Jersey Devils (1987–88) 28–25–6
60 W February 19, 1988 6–0 @ Winnipeg Jets (1987–88) 29–25–6
61 W February 20, 1988 3–0 @ Minnesota North Stars (1987–88) 30–25–6
62 L February 24, 1988 3–4 @ Los Angeles Kings (1987–88) 30–26–6
63 W February 27, 1988 3–0 @ New York Islanders (1987–88) 31–26–6
64 W March 1, 1988 5–3 New Jersey Devils (1987–88) 32–26–6
65 W March 2, 1988 6–1 @ New Jersey Devils (1987–88) 33–26–6
66 W March 4, 1988 6–2 Quebec Nordiques (1987–88) 34–26–6
67 W March 6, 1988 7–2 Vancouver Canucks (1987–88) 35–26–6
68 L March 10, 1988 2–5 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1987–88) 35–27–6
69 L March 12, 1988 2–4 New York Rangers (1987–88) 35–28–6
70 W March 13, 1988 3–0 @ Boston Bruins (1987–88) 36–28–6
71 W March 16, 1988 8–4 @ New York Rangers (1987–88) 37–28–6
72 T March 18, 1988 3–3 OT New York Islanders (1987–88) 37–28–7
73 L March 20, 1988 2–4 New Jersey Devils (1987–88) 37–29–7
74 L March 22, 1988 3–5 St. Louis Blues (1987–88) 37–30–7
75 L March 23, 1988 1–7 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1987–88) 37–31–7
76 W March 25, 1988 5–3 Philadelphia Flyers (1987–88) 38–31–7
77 T March 29, 1988 2–2 OT Detroit Red Wings (1987–88) 38–31–8
78 L March 31, 1988 3–7 @ New York Islanders (1987–88) 38–32–8
79 L April 2, 1988 6–7 OT Pittsburgh Penguins (1987–88) 38–33–8
80 T April 3, 1988 2–2 OT @ Philadelphia Flyers (1987–88) 38–33–9

Playoffs[edit | edit source]

Washington Capitals 4, Philadelphia Flyers 3[edit | edit source]

New Jersey Devils 4, Washington Capitals 3[edit | edit source]

Player Stats[edit | edit source]

Regular Season[edit | edit source]

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM +/- PPG SHG GWG
Gartner, MikeMike Gartner RW 80 48 33 81 73 20 19 0 7
Stevens, ScottScott Stevens D 80 12 60 72 184 14 5 1 2
Murphy, LarryLarry Murphy D 79 8 53 61 72 2 7 0 1
Ridley, MikeMike Ridley C 70 28 31 59 22 1 12 0 3
Hunter, DaleDale Hunter C 79 22 37 59 240 7 11 0 1
Christian, DaveDave Christian RW 80 37 21 58 26 -14 14 0 5
Gustafsson, Bengt-AkeBengt-Ake Gustafsson RW 78 18 36 54 29 2 7 5 3
Hatcher, KevinKevin Hatcher D 71 14 27 41 137 1 5 0 3
Pivonka, MichalMichal Pivonka C 71 11 23 34 28 1 3 0 0
Miller, KellyKelly Miller LW 80 9 23 32 35 9 0 1 3
Galley, GarryGarry Galley D 58 7 23 30 44 11 3 0 0
Adams, GregGreg Adams LW 78 15 12 27 153 -3 3 0 0
Gould, BobbyBobby Gould RW 72 12 14 26 56 -1 0 0 2
Sundstrom, PeterPeter Sundstrom LW 76 8 17 25 34 -2 0 1 1
Corriveau, YvonYvon Corriveau LW 44 10 9 19 84 17 0 0 1
Langway, RodRod Langway D 63 3 13 16 28 1 0 0 1
Franceschetti, LouLou Franceschetti RW 59 4 8 12 113 2 1 0 1
Laughlin, CraigCraig Laughlin RW 40 5 5 10 26 -8 3 0 1
Ledyard, GrantGrant Ledyard D 21 4 3 7 14 -4 1 0 1
Smith, GregGreg Smith D 54 1 6 7 67 5 0 0 0
Cavallini, PaulPaul Cavallini D 24 2 3 5 66 0 0 0 1
Houlder, BillBill Houlder D 30 1 2 3 10 -2 0 0 0
Leach, StephenStephen Leach RW 8 1 1 2 17 2 0 0 1
Malarchuk, ClintClint Malarchuk G 54 0 2 2 10 0 0 0 0
Kastelic, EdEd Kastelic W 35 1 0 1 78 -3 0 0 0
Jensen, David A.David A. Jensen C 5 0 1 1 4 0 0 0 0
Peeters, PetePete Peeters G 35 0 1 1 10 0 0 0 0
Beaudoin, YvesYves Beaudoin D 1 0 0 0 0 -1 0 0 0
Richard, MikeMike Richard C 4 0 0 0 0 -1 0 0 0
Raymond, AlainAlain Raymond G 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L T GA GAA SO SA SV SV%
Malarchuk, ClintClint Malarchuk 2926 54 24 20 4 154 3.16 4 1340 1186 .885
Peeters, PetePete Peeters 1896 35 14 12 5 88 2.78 2 866 778 .898
Raymond, AlainAlain Raymond 40 1 0 1 0 2 3.00 0 20 18 .900
Team: 4862 80 38 33 9 244 3.01 6 2226 1982 .890

Playoffs[edit | edit source]

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM PPG SHG GWG
Gustafsson, Bengt-AkeBengt-Ake Gustafsson RW 14 4 9 13 6 2 0 1
Pivonka, MichalMichal Pivonka C 14 4 9 13 4 2 0 0
Hunter, DaleDale Hunter C 14 7 5 12 98 4 0 1
Hatcher, KevinKevin Hatcher D 14 5 7 12 55 1 0 1
Stevens, ScottScott Stevens D 13 1 11 12 46 0 0 0
Ridley, MikeMike Ridley C 14 6 5 11 10 1 0 0
Christian, DaveDave Christian RW 14 5 6 11 6 1 0 0
Miller, KellyKelly Miller LW 14 4 4 8 10 0 1 1
Murphy, LarryLarry Murphy D 13 4 4 8 33 2 0 1
Gartner, MikeMike Gartner RW 14 3 4 7 14 1 0 0
Galley, GarryGarry Galley D 13 2 4 6 13 0 0 0
Adams, GregGreg Adams LW 14 0 5 5 58 0 0 0
Gould, BobbyBobby Gould RW 14 3 1 4 21 0 2 0
Leach, StephenStephen Leach RW 9 2 1 3 0 0 0 1
Corriveau, YvonYvon Corriveau LW 13 1 2 3 30 0 0 0
Sundstrom, PeterPeter Sundstrom LW 14 2 0 2 6 0 1 1
Ledyard, GrantGrant Ledyard D 14 1 0 1 30 0 0 0
Felix, ChrisChris Felix D 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Greenlaw, JeffJeff Greenlaw LW 1 0 0 0 19 0 0 0
Jennings, GrantGrant Jennings D 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Kastelic, EdEd Kastelic W 1 0 0 0 19 0 0 0
Franceschetti, LouLou Franceschetti RW 4 0 0 0 14 0 0 0
Langway, RodRod Langway D 6 0 0 0 8 0 0 0
Smith, GregGreg Smith D 9 0 0 0 23 0 0 0
Malarchuk, ClintClint Malarchuk G 4 0 0 0 2 0 0 0
Peeters, PetePete Peeters G 12 0 0 0 4 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L GA GAA SO SA SV SV%
Peeters, PetePete Peeters 654 12 7 5 34 3.12 0 326 292 .896
Malarchuk, ClintClint Malarchuk 193 4 0 2 15 4.66 0 95 80 .842
Team: 847 14 7 7 49 3.47 0 421 372 .884

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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 | edit source]

Transactions[edit | edit source]

Draft Picks[edit | edit source]

Farm Teams[edit | edit source]

Game Ads[edit | edit source]

See Also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1987-88 Washington Capitals Statistics - Hockey-Reference.com. hockey-reference.com. Retrieved on 2009-06-01.

External Links[edit | edit source]


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