Al Iafrate's angry protest of a non-call directed at referee Don Koharski during yesterday's 3-3 tie with the Boston Bruins will cause the Capitals defenseman to miss almost two full games.

Iafrate was given a game misconduct with 7:32 left in the first period, but because it is his third game misconduct this season, he will automatically be suspended for Tuesday's game against Buffalo at Capital Centre.

"A devastating penalty to say the least," General Manager David Poile said on television during the first intermission, before he learned of the reason for the penalty.

Coach Terry Murray said Iafrate was upset that Chris Nilan's high-stick, which drew blood, went unpenalized. In voicing his displeasure, Iafrate didn't pick his words carefully enough and pushed the arm of a linesman, said Murray, who didn't quarrel with the punishment.Officials Know Too Much?

Boston Coach Mike Milbury wasn't pleased that Koharski ignored what Milbury thought was an obvious penalty on Rod Langway, who took down Craig Janney in the slot in overtime. Milbury said Koharski said it was a foul but that he didn't want to decide a key game for the Capitals that way.

"I wish they would take all the newspapers away from officials," Milbury said. "I wish they would just call the game. To his credit, he let {Bruins defenseman Ray} Bourque get away with a takedown." Ciccarelli Could Return

Capitals right wing Dino Ciccarelli, who has missed five of the last six games with a pulled groin, skated for two hours before the game and said he might play Tuesday. . . . About 30 minutes after the game, the players went back on the ice to sign autographs for hundreds of fans. . . . Jeff Greenlaw was a pregame scratch. . . . Goalie Don Beaupre is 18-17-3, with a 2.70 goals-against-average, second best in the league. . . . The season series between the Bruins and Capitals ended 1-1-1.