The Washington Capitals awoke from a short hibernation and came from behind to defeat Dynamo Moscow, 3-2, last night in an NHL Super Series game before 5,562 at Capital Centre.

Both coaches -- Dynamo's Vladimir Yurzinov and the Capitals' Terry Murray -- spoke afterward of how, after years of facing each other in these sort of exhibitions, their once disparate styles are coming together.

"We learn a lot from these games and they pose more questions," Yurzinov said through a translator. "Sure the styles are coming together. North American teams make good passes now. I have watched NHL teams for quite some time. They have introduced a lot from European combination styles. In this sense, the North American game takes more {from the exchange} than ourselves."

Probably so, but some good old North American grinding by Jeff Greenlaw -- one of seven Baltimore Skipjacks brought up for the game -- resulted in the winning goal. He collected the puck from behind the Dynamo net and sneaked it past goalie Andrei Trefilov with 1:05 left in the third period.

Yurzinov was coaching against one of his former players, defenseman Mikhail Tatarinov. "His best games are still to come," Yurzinov said.

Six of the Dynamo players in uniform last night have been drafted by NHL teams and a few others are potential picks. Four NHL teams (Calgary, Boston, Edmonton, Minnesota) had scouts on hand. Dynamo right wing Andrei Kovalyov (No. 24) was picked by the Capitals in last June's draft.

"I would very much like to play for the Washington Capitals," Kovalyov said, although that isn't likely to happen in the near future.

"I'm not disappointed with him at all, though," said Jack Button, the Capitals' director of player personnel and recruitment. "We'll continue to watch him."

The Capitals were in a position to win this game only because goalie Jim Hrivnak played a strong first period while the rest of the troops took leave.

"He wants to continue to show us he's close to being ready to play," Murray said of Hrivnak, who injured his knee while with the Capitals in November and now is back with the Skipjacks.

Dynamo's Alexander Andreivsky finally scored with 12 seconds left in the first period for a 1-0 lead. But the Capitals forged ahead, 2-1, in the second on goals by Nick Kypreos and Peter Bondra.

In the intermission before the third period, there was a shootout, with each team getting five chances. Hrivnak shut out Dynamo -- the first time in the series that the Soviets had been held scoreless. Reggie Savage, the Capitals' top pick in 1988 who was making his Capital Centre debut, scored, as did Dimitri Khristich. Ironically, in the third period, Dynamo's Igor Dorofeyev scored on Hrivnak on a breakaway for a 2-2 tie.

Some of the games in this series have drawn very small crowds, including three with fewer than 3,000. Capital Centre would not have been full if it had been 75 degrees yesterday. But the freezing rain that fell last night discouraged a few more.

Because of the weather, Lew Strudler, the Capitals' vice president for marketing, said fans can exchange unused tickets from last night's game for tickets to one of two future regular season games -- Feb. 5 vs. Vancouver or March 14 vs. Quebec. Fans must mail or bring their tickets to the Capitals' offices within seven days to take advantage of the offer. They should indicate which game they prefer.

Mark Vines and Ray Scapinello had no choice but to show up. The NHL linesmen assigned to work the game with Soviet referee Alexander Fedoseev were held up in traffic and didn't join the action until midway through the first period. Jim Christy, an off-ice official with some on-ice experience, filled in until the regulars arrived.