#9 Peter Bondra’s five goal game
On Feb. 5, 1994 the Capitals hosted the Tampa Bay Lightning at the old Capital Centre. Up until that point, Peter Bondra was struggling but he turned it all around with a five goal game in the Caps 6-3 win.
After the Lightning took an early 1-0 lead, it was all Bondra as he scored four straight goals and helped contribute to Washington’s six unanswered goals. Bondra’s first goal came 27 seconds after the Lightning goal to tie it. 15 seconds later, Dmitri Kristich found Bondra all alone for a breakaway.
The Caps would later get a power play and Bondra completed the hat trick. Bondra would later add another breakaway goal for his fourth of the game. This all came during the first period.
The Caps added to their lead in the second on a goal from Steve Konowalchuk. Bondra capped off his night with his fifth goal with 30 seconds to go in the second period. The Lightning scored twice in the third but it wasn’t enough as the Caps hung on for a 6-3 win.
Bondra had a legendary career and this game was easily the top game of his playing days. Not even Alex Ovechkin has had a five goal game but he’s had his share of hat tricks and four goal games.