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1988–89 Washington Capitals · NHL
Patrick Division Champions
Division 1st Patrick
Conference 2nd Prince of Wales
1988–89 record 41-29-10
Goals for 305
Goals against 259
General Manager David Poile
Coach Bryan Murray
Captain Rod Langway
Arena Capital Centre
Team Leaders
Goals Geoff Courtnall (42)
Assists Scott Stevens (61)
Points Mike Ridley (89)
Penalties in minutes Scott Stevens (225)
Wins Pete Peeters (20)
Goals against average Pete Peeters (2.85)
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1987–88 1989–90

The 1988–89 Washington Capitals season was the 15th in the franchise's history. The Capitals finished 1st in the Patrick Division and lost in the Division Semi-finals to the Philadelphia Flyers 4 games to 2.

Regular Season[edit | edit source]

Final Standings[edit | edit source]

Patrick Division
  GP W L T GF GA PTS
Washington Capitals 80 41 29 10 305 259 92
Pittsburgh Penguins 80 40 33 7 347 349 87
New York Rangers 80 37 35 8 310 307 82
Philadelphia Flyers 80 36 36 8 307 285 80
New Jersey Devils 80 27 41 12 281 325 66
New York Islanders 80 28 47 5 265 325 61

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 L October 7, 1988 4–6 Pittsburgh Penguins (1988–89) 0–1–0
2 W October 8, 1988 6–2 Buffalo Sabres (1988–89) 1–1–0
3 L October 11, 1988 7–8 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1988–89) 1–2–0
4 L October 14, 1988 1–3 Toronto Maple Leafs (1988–89) 1–3–0
5 W October 15, 1988 8–5 New Jersey Devils (1988–89) 2–3–0
6 L October 19, 1988 1–5 @ New York Rangers (1988–89) 2–4–0
7 L October 21, 1988 1–4 New York Rangers (1988–89) 2–5–0
8 L October 23, 1988 2–3 @ Winnipeg Jets (1988–89) 2–6–0
9 W October 25, 1988 4–3 OT @ Vancouver Canucks (1988–89) 3–6–0
10 T October 28, 1988 2–2 OT @ Calgary Flames (1988–89) 3–6–1
11 L October 29, 1988 3–4 OT @ Edmonton Oilers (1988–89) 3–7–1
12 T November 1, 1988 3–3 OT @ Detroit Red Wings (1988–89) 3–7–2
13 W November 4, 1988 4–2 New York Islanders (1988–89) 4–7–2
14 L November 5, 1988 3–4 OT @ New York Islanders (1988–89) 4–8–2
15 W November 10, 1988 4–1 Quebec Nordiques (1988–89) 5–8–2
16 L November 12, 1988 3–6 New Jersey Devils (1988–89) 5–9–2
17 W November 15, 1988 4–2 Minnesota North Stars (1988–89) 6–9–2
18 W November 18, 1988 3–2 Hartford Whalers (1988–89) 7–9–2
19 W November 19, 1988 3–2 @ New Jersey Devils (1988–89) 8–9–2
20 W November 22, 1988 4–2 @ New York Islanders (1988–89) 9–9–2
21 W November 23, 1988 7–6 New York Islanders (1988–89) 10–9–2
22 L November 25, 1988 3–5 Pittsburgh Penguins (1988–89) 10–10–2
23 W November 27, 1988 4–3 @ Detroit Red Wings (1988–89) 11–10–2
24 W November 29, 1988 4–3 St. Louis Blues (1988–89) 12–10–2
25 L November 30, 1988 4–6 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1988–89) 12–11–2
26 T December 3, 1988 1–1 OT Boston Bruins (1988–89) 12–11–3
27 W December 6, 1988 4–3 Philadelphia Flyers (1988–89) 13–11–3
28 L December 7, 1988 1–5 @ New Jersey Devils (1988–89) 13–12–3
29 T December 10, 1988 0–0 OT @ Montreal Canadiens (1988–89) 13–12–4
30 W December 11, 1988 6–4 @ Buffalo Sabres (1988–89) 14–12–4
31 W December 13, 1988 4–1 @ Quebec Nordiques (1988–89) 15–12–4
32 L December 15, 1988 1–4 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1988–89) 15–13–4
33 W December 17, 1988 6–3 Winnipeg Jets (1988–89) 16–13–4
34 L December 19, 1988 1–3 @ New York Rangers (1988–89) 16–14–4
35 W December 21, 1988 4–3 @ Chicago Blackhawks (1988–89) 17–14–4
36 T December 23, 1988 2–2 OT New York Rangers (1988–89) 17–14–5
37 W December 27, 1988 4–3 Philadelphia Flyers (1988–89) 18–14–5
38 W December 30, 1988 5–3 Buffalo Sabres (1988–89) 19–14–5
39 L December 31, 1988 4–6 @ New York Islanders (1988–89) 19–15–5
40 W January 2, 1989 8–0 Pittsburgh Penguins (1988–89) 20–15–5
41 T January 4, 1989 3–3 OT @ New York Rangers (1988–89) 20–15–6
42 W January 6, 1989 3–0 Toronto Maple Leafs (1988–89) 21–15–6
43 W January 7, 1989 6–3 Chicago Blackhawks (1988–89) 22–15–6
44 T January 10, 1989 4–4 OT @ Quebec Nordiques (1988–89) 22–15–7
45 W January 11, 1989 3–2 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1988–89) 23–15–7
46 W January 13, 1989 5–3 Edmonton Oilers (1988–89) 24–15–7
47 L January 15, 1989 3–4 Boston Bruins (1988–89) 24–16–7
48 L January 20, 1989 5–6 OT New Jersey Devils (1988–89) 24–17–7
49 L January 22, 1989 3–4 Detroit Red Wings (1988–89) 24–18–7
50 T January 24, 1989 4–4 OT Los Angeles Kings (1988–89) 24–18–8
51 W January 26, 1989 1–0 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1988–89) 25–18–8
52 T January 28, 1989 4–4 OT @ St. Louis Blues (1988–89) 25–18–9
53 T January 30, 1989 4–4 OT @ Minnesota North Stars (1988–89) 25–18–10
54 W February 1, 1989 4–3 OT @ New York Rangers (1988–89) 26–18–10
55 W February 3, 1989 1–0 Hartford Whalers (1988–89) 27–18–10
56 L February 5, 1989 1–3 Philadelphia Flyers (1988–89) 27–19–10
57 L February 10, 1989 6–7 OT Los Angeles Kings (1988–89) 27–20–10
58 L February 11, 1989 1–2 Calgary Flames (1988–89) 27–21–10
59 W February 14, 1989 5–3 @ St. Louis Blues (1988–89) 28–21–10
60 L February 15, 1989 4–7 @ Chicago Blackhawks (1988–89) 28–22–10
61 W February 17, 1989 8–2 @ Edmonton Oilers (1988–89) 29–22–10
62 L February 19, 1989 2–3 @ Vancouver Canucks (1988–89) 29–23–10
63 L February 20, 1989 2–6 @ Calgary Flames (1988–89) 29–24–10
64 W February 22, 1989 7–2 @ Los Angeles Kings (1988–89) 30–24–10
65 L February 28, 1989 3–4 Minnesota North Stars (1988–89) 30–25–10
66 W March 3, 1989 4–2 Pittsburgh Penguins (1988–89) 31–25–10
67 W March 5, 1989 3–0 Vancouver Canucks (1988–89) 32–25–10
68 L March 8, 1989 2–3 @ Montreal Canadiens (1988–89) 32–26–10
69 W March 9, 1989 7–2 @ Boston Bruins (1988–89) 33–26–10
70 W March 11, 1989 4–2 New York Rangers (1988–89) 34–26–10
71 W March 14, 1989 6–3 Winnipeg Jets (1988–89) 35–26–10
72 W March 17, 1989 4–1 Montreal Canadiens (1988–89) 36–26–10
73 W March 18, 1989 8–2 @ Hartford Whalers (1988–89) 37–26–10
74 W March 22, 1989 5–4 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1988–89) 38–26–10
75 W March 24, 1989 6–1 Philadelphia Flyers (1988–89) 39–26–10
76 W March 26, 1989 3–2 New York Islanders (1988–89) 40–26–10
77 L March 28, 1989 4–5 @ New York Islanders (1988–89) 40–27–10
78 L March 30, 1989 4–5 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1988–89) 40–28–10
79 W April 1, 1989 6–4 New Jersey Devils (1988–89) 41–28–10
80 L April 2, 1989 4–7 @ New Jersey Devils (1988–89) 41–29–10

Playoffs[edit | edit source]

Philadelphia Flyers 4, Washington Capitals 2[edit | edit source]

Player Stats[edit | edit source]

Regular Season[edit | edit source]

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM +/- PPG SHG GWG
Ridley, MikeMike Ridley C 80 41 48 89 49 17 16 0 9
Courtnall, GeoffGeoff Courtnall LW 79 42 38 80 112 11 16 0 6
Gustafsson, Bengt-AkeBengt-Ake Gustafsson RW 72 18 51 69 18 13 5 4 6
Stevens, ScottScott Stevens D 80 7 61 68 225 1 6 0 3
Christian, DaveDave Christian RW 80 34 31 65 12 2 16 1 1
Hunter, DaleDale Hunter C 80 20 37 57 219 -3 9 0 3
Gartner, MikeMike Gartner RW 56 26 29 55 71 8 6 0 1
Miller, KellyKelly Miller LW 78 19 21 40 45 13 2 1 3
Hatcher, KevinKevin Hatcher D 62 13 27 40 101 19 3 0 2
Murphy, LarryLarry Murphy D 65 7 29 36 70 -5 3 0 0
Leach, StephenStephen Leach RW 74 11 19 30 94 -4 4 0 0
Pivonka, MichalMichal Pivonka C 52 8 19 27 30 9 1 0 1
Langway, RodRod Langway D 76 2 19 21 65 12 0 0 0
Gould, BobbyBobby Gould RW 75 5 13 18 65 -2 0 1 0
Franceschetti, LouLou Franceschetti RW 63 7 10 17 123 -4 0 0 0
Ciccarelli, DinoDino Ciccarelli RW 11 12 3 15 12 10 3 0 3
Druce, JohnJohn Druce RW 48 8 7 15 62 7 0 0 1
Ledyard, GrantGrant Ledyard D 61 3 11 14 43 1 1 0 1
Millar, MikeMike Millar RW 18 6 3 9 4 -4 3 0 1
Johansson, CalleCalle Johansson D 12 1 7 8 4 1 1 0 0
Felix, ChrisChris Felix D 21 0 8 8 8 7 0 0 0
Sheehy, NeilNeil Sheehy D 72 3 4 7 179 -1 0 0 0
Wickenheiser, DougDoug Wickenheiser C 16 2 5 7 4 0 1 0 0
Sundstrom, PeterPeter Sundstrom LW 35 4 2 6 12 -5 0 0 0
Corriveau, YvonYvon Corriveau LW 33 3 2 5 62 0 0 0 0
Houlder, BillBill Houlder D 8 0 3 3 4 7 0 0 0
Thomson, JimJim Thomson RW 14 2 0 2 53 -3 0 0 0
Rouse, BobBob Rouse D 13 0 2 2 36 2 0 0 0
Carlson, KentKent Carlson D 2 1 0 1 0 2 0 0 0
Kleinendorst, ScotScot Kleinendorst D 3 0 1 1 10 0 0 0 0
Peeters, PetePete Peeters G 35 0 1 1 8 0 0 0 0
Malarchuk, ClintClint Malarchuk G 42 0 1 1 16 0 0 0 0
Cronin, ShawnShawn Cronin D 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Beaupre, DonDon Beaupre G 11 0 0 0 6 0 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L T GA GAA SO SA SV SV%
Peeters, PetePete Peeters 1854 33 20 7 3 88 2.85 4 790 702 .889
Malarchuk, ClintClint Malarchuk 2428 42 16 18 7 141 3.48 1 1145 1004 .877
Beaupre, DonDon Beaupre 578 11 5 4 0 28 2.91 1 269 241 .896
Team: 4860 80 41 29 10 257 3.17 6 2204 1947 .883

Playoffs[edit | edit source]

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM PPG SHG GWG
Courtnall, GeoffGeoff Courtnall LW 6 2 5 7 12 1 0 0
Ciccarelli, DinoDino Ciccarelli RW 6 3 3 6 12 3 0 0
Gustafsson, Bengt-AkeBengt-Ake Gustafsson RW 4 2 3 5 6 1 0 0
Hatcher, KevinKevin Hatcher D 6 1 4 5 20 1 0 0
Stevens, ScottScott Stevens D 6 1 4 5 11 0 0 0
Ridley, MikeMike Ridley C 6 0 5 5 2 0 0 0
Pivonka, MichalMichal Pivonka C 6 3 1 4 10 0 1 0
Hunter, DaleDale Hunter C 6 0 4 4 29 0 0 0
Johansson, CalleCalle Johansson D 6 1 2 3 0 1 0 0
Rouse, BobBob Rouse D 6 2 0 2 4 0 0 0
Christian, DaveDave Christian RW 6 1 1 2 0 1 0 0
Gould, BobbyBobby Gould RW 6 0 2 2 0 0 0 0
Franceschetti, LouLou Franceschetti RW 6 1 0 1 8 0 0 1
Leach, StephenStephen Leach RW 6 1 0 1 12 1 0 0
Miller, KellyKelly Miller LW 6 1 0 1 2 0 0 1
Felix, ChrisChris Felix D 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 0
Corriveau, YvonYvon Corriveau LW 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Druce, JohnJohn Druce RW 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Wickenheiser, DougDoug Wickenheiser C 5 0 0 0 2 0 0 0
Langway, RodRod Langway D 6 0 0 0 6 0 0 0
Sheehy, NeilNeil Sheehy D 6 0 0 0 19 0 0 0
Peeters, PetePete Peeters G 6 0 0 0 2 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L GA GAA SO SA SV SV%
Peeters, PetePete Peeters 359 6 2 4 24 4.01 0 164 140 .854
Team: 359 6 2 4 24 4.01 0 164 140 .854

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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]

  • 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. 1988-89 Washington Capitals Statistics - Hockey-Reference.com. hockey-reference.com. Retrieved on 2009-06-01.


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