Bob Carpenter scored his 42nd goal tonight, high one-season production for a U.S.-born player in National Hockey League history. Doug Jarvis played his 777th straight game and became No. 2 iron man behind Garry Unger's 914. Neither was celebrating.
The Winnipeg Jets wiped out an early 2-0 deficit and rushed past the Capitals, 5-3, to win a season series from Washington for the first time in their six-year history.
Laurie Boschman led the Jets' comeback with a goal and three assists and linemate Doug Smail scored twice as Winnipeg took over second place in the Smythe Division, one point ahead of Calgary.
Washington, which visits the Flames Thursday night, has lost two games in a row for only the second time this season. It has not lost three straight since last February, but the collapse on the ice and the abundance of ice bags in the dressing room indicated it will take a minor miracle to avoid a repeat in Calgary.
"They looked tired, some of them," said Coach Bryan Murray. "We played one period, then we stopped skating and everybody tried to do things as individuals. We were standing still, nothing happened; they got a goal and everything broke down.
"It became a matter of saving some guys for tomorrow night. We have an early flight (6:45 a.m.) and a long day. It will require a big effort to win it."
The Capitals got off only 17 shots, their season low. Carpenter and Greg Adams made good on two of the first five, then Washington went blank until Craig Laughlin completed the scoring on the 17th with 1:42 to play.
Carpenter, skating in from the red line, made a sensational move around defenseman Dave Babych and beat goalie Brian Hayward at 3:50 of the first period. The goal eclipsed the NHL high of 41 by a U.S.-born player set last season by Joe Mullen of St. Louis.
"They were trying to stand up all night and he (Babych) didn't know whether to come at me or start back," Carpenter said. "He kind of stood in the middle and I walked right by him."
It became 2-0 after Adams intercepted a pass by Boschman in the Washington end, exchanged passes with Mike Gartner and scored his fifth goal in 85 games as a Capital. The other four were against New Jersey.
Adams replaced Glen Currie to add muscle to the lineup. Adams wore a brace on his left knee, bruised Saturday night.
Currie will be back Thursday, because Gary Sampson reinjured his left knee when he took a center-ice check early in the second period and could not finish the game.
When Sampson limped off, it might have been construed as an omen. Smail scored on a rebound of a shot by Robert Picard on the next shift to halve the Capitals' lead.
Thomas Steen, hit earlier by Lou Franceschetti and Scott Stevens on legal but lethal checks, answered with a game-tying power play shot that struck defenseman Darren Veitch's stick, caromed off Veitch's skate and went into the net.
The Jets swarmed around the Washington net in the third period and goalie Pat Riggin, who had made some exceptional saves in the first 40 minutes, wilted.
First Riggin disdained falling on the puck after making a routine save and instead moved it toward two Jets at the side of the net. Boschman's quick pass to Smail put Winnipeg ahead to stay.
Boschman made it 4-2 on a short-handed breakaway, lifting the puck after Riggin made a premature dive. The goal followed two fine stops by Hayward on Gartner.
Jim Nill's rebound of a Smail shot made it 5-2, finishing off a play on which Randy Carlyle, after centering the puck, was flattened by Franceschetti's shoulder. Carlyle needed nine stitches and had a big knot on his head from hitting the ice.
In the second period, Carlyle had dumped Carpenter along the boards, with Carpenter landing on his right hip, one of many Capitals wounds that required postgame ice.
"I tried to jump by the guy, but he put his stick between my legs and flipped me up," Carpenter said.
Gartner, who teamed with Carpenter in Tuesday's NHL All-Star Game, was slowed by flu.