Two breakaway goals by Bengt Gustafsson carried the Washington Capitals to a 5-2 victory over Djurgarden IF tonight, enabling the Caps to finish fourth in the five-team Dagens Nyheter Tournament.
The New York Rangers defeated Vastra Frolunda, 7-1, in Goteborg and will play AIK here Wednesday for the championship.
Rookie Bobby Carpenter scored his fourth goal in four games as the Caps ended a three-game losing streak. Carpenter opened the scoring at 3:52 of the first period on a power-play set up by Dennis Maruk.
After Djurgarden had moved ahead, 2-1, Ryan Walter tied it at 8:52 of the second period with assists by Mike Gartner and Carpenter. At 10:27, a clever pass by fellow Swede Roland Stoltz sent Gustafsson in for the winner.
Gustafsson broke loose again to score at 16 seconds of the third period, with Rick Green making the key pass. Bob Kelly closed the scoring at 14:13 on a setup by Maruk.
The Caps killed three penalties in the third period and survived a 51-second stretch in which they were two men short. Green and Paul MacKinnon, sluggish in earlier games, were outstanding during the shortages.
Dave Parro went the distance in goal for Washington, blocking 26 shots. The Caps outshot Djurgarden, 30-28.
Coach Gary Green particularly commended the work of Orest Kindrachuk, who centered for Gustafsson and Stoltz.
"I just know he's going to be a big help to our hockey club," Green said. "He's smart, he hangs onto the puck and doesn't give it away. He had things under control out there tonight."
The Capitals move on to Oulu, Finland, Wednesday and meet Oulu Karpat in an exhibition Thursday. The club sent goalie Al Jensen, defensemen Jay Johnston and Jim McTaggart and forwards Torrie Robertson and Harvie Pocza, who were not scheduled to play in Oulu, back to its Hershey, Pa., training camp.