CALGARY, FEB. 15 -- One of the traditions in the NHL is that when a player scores his first goal, his team mounts the puck on a plaque, including the date and other data associated with the historic event.

Ken Sabourin scored his first goal on Oct. 27, when he helped the Calgary Flames take apart the Washington Capitals, 9-4, at the Saddledome.

Ironically, Sabourin got his plaque today, before taking the ice with the Capitals, who again were drubbed by the Flames, this time by 8-2.

Sabourin was a 1984 second-round draft pick of the Flames. He couldn't find a permanent home in their lineup, and they traded him to Washington on Jan. 24 for Paul Fenton, whom the Capitals acquired earlier in the day from Toronto.

"Obviously, I wasn't in {the Flames'} future, for whatever reason," Sabourin said. "You'd like to prove you're capable of playing at this level."

Part of the reason for acquiring Sabourin was to add some bulk. The Capitals lost some of that when John Kordic left this week to seek treatment for an alcohol problem.

"With John out, everybody's got to pick up the slack," Sabourin said. "It's like when you're missing a goal scorer. I know what I'm expected to do and why I'm here."

No Word From O'Neill

Brian O'Neill, the NHL's executive vice president, said this afternoon that he had not yet completed his review of Sunday's penalty-filled game between the Capitals and the Philadelphia Flyers. "I don't think I'll have anything this week," O'Neill said.

Turcotte, Ferner Scratched

Alfie Turcotte and Mark Ferner were scratched from tonight's lineup.

They had been called up to add depth to the roster for this three-game western road trip, which includes a Saturday night game in Vancouver and a Monday afternoon game in Los Angeles.

Ferner was playing well with Baltimore, including a four-point game. "It will probably never happen again," Ferner said with a laugh after this morning's pregame skate. "It was one of those nights where everything you shot went."