Reprinted from yesterday's late editions.
The temperature in Chicago slipped above freezing today for the first time in 44 days, but the hottest item in town was Washington Capital coach Tom McVie, who resorted to a string of fourletter words after the Capitals frittered away a 41 lead in the last 11 minutes and gave the Chicago Black Hawks a 44 tie.
"I'm sick and tired of these guys who put out just as much as they have to," McVie said, pacing outside the dressing room. "It's not fair that we have 12 or 13 guys doing all they can and four or five who don't care, who have no pride.
"Coaching guys like that my stomach is tearing at me. I've worked with these guys hour after hour. I'm dying a slow death at some of these guys. So much goes into this game and we have guys who perform like that. Well, they won't perform in Washington."
Powerplay goals by Guy Charron and Tony White, both on deflections, a rebound by Bill Riley and a deflection by Craig Patrick built that 41 margin. There were ample opportunities to widen it, and nobody could dispute McVie's statement, "That club (Chicago) should have been dead and buried. We got exactly what we deserved."
Chicago goalie Gilles Villemure, hooted by the fans much of the night, stopped Blair Stewart on a breakaway. Then Charron ignored a good shot to drop a pass to Hartland Monahan. It looked like a sure goal, but Villemure blocked that, too.
Play moved to the other end and Monahan was whistled down for hooking. Obviously frustrated, he charged at referee Andy Van Hellemond and, despite teammates restraint, yelled enough to draw an extra twominute penalty. He was serving that unsportsmanlike conduct sentence when Jim Harrison cut between Ron Lalonde and Gord Smith, put a deke on goalie Bernie Wolfe and cut the margin to 42 with 10:46 remaining.
The Hawks, enjoying the crowd's cheers at last, came swarming over Wolfe, who valiantly turned aside one assault after another. With 4:10 left, Wolfe had stopped 41 of 43 Chicago shots. He couldn't halt the last two, however.
Smith tripped Alain Daigle with 5:02 remaining, Wolfe made a great stop on Phil Russell, who skated almost into the crease, but the puck caromed to Stan Mikita on the opposite side and Midkita split the vacated net for his second goal of the game with 4:08 on the clock.
Five seconds later Harrison crashed into Wolfe, who had grabbed the puck. Smith jumped on Harrison and both were sent off for roughing, leaving a lot of extra maneuvering room.
Chicago's Dick Redmond lutilized that space to sweep down the left side and drill a shot from the leftwing circle past Wolfe on the short side. With 3:26 to play, Chicago had pulled even. Mercifully, the Hawks were through, and this contest did not follow the pattern of the earlier two between the teams, when Chicago twice rallied from 31 deficits for 54 victories.
McVie's notes on his game will show many more squandered opportunities than those in the final 20 minutes.
In the early going, Patrick set up Lalonde skating into the slot, but Lalonde lost control before he could shoot. In the second period, Villemure foiled Lalonde's backhander on a shorthanded breakaway.
Tempers flared often enough for the two teams to accumulate 83 minutes in penalties. The Capitals, who collected 44, had four men in the bos at one stage of the second period.
Gerry Meehan assisted on three Washington goals and has produced 19 points in 10 games. Patrick's goal gave him two scores on two shots in four games with the Capitals.
mcVie, 100 games with the Capitals behind him, will lead Washington into Philadelphia Thursday night, despite his remark that "I feel like walking away from all this."
But even should the Capitals upset the Flyers, he isn't likely to become estatic.