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1977-1978 Washington Capitals: 17-49-14
Previous Season Next Season Home record: 10-23-7 (104 goals scored, 158 allowed) Road record: 7-26-7 (91 goals scored, 163 allowed) Head Coach: Tom McVie Power Play: 34/278 (12.2%) Penalty Killing: 187/260 (71.9%) Shorthanded Goals For-Against: 2-15 Even Strength Goals For-Against: 159-233 195 goals scored (18th of 18 teams), 321 goals allowed (16th), 1332 PIM (3rd) NHL Averages: 3.30 goals/game (263.7 goals/team), 1099.7 PIM/team Pos # Player Hgt Wgt Age GP G A Pts PIM PP SH TGF PGF TGA PGA S S% +/- C 15 Guy Charron 5'10 170 28 80 38 35 73 12 4 0 105 30 102 2 260 14.6 -25 RW 25 Bob Sirois 6'0 178 23 72 24 37 61 6 5 0 92 25 83 5 189 12.7 -11 C 14 Gerry Meehan 6'2 200 31 78 19 24 43 10 7 0 60 20 87 6 172 11.0 -41 D 24 Robert Picard 6'2 207 20 75 10 27 37 101 2 0 69 12 106 23 170 5.9 -26 RW 8 Bill Riley 5'11 195 27 57 13 12 25 125 5 0 42 14 43 0 67 19.4 -15 LW 10 Bob Girard 6'0 180 28 52 9 14 23 6 1 0 47 4 47 1 42 21.4 -3 LW 21 Dave Forbes 5'10 180 29 77 11 11 22 119 0 0 40 1 97 24 143 7.7 -34 RW 17 Tom Rowe 6'0 190 21 63 13 8 21 82 1 0 31 1 48 0 116 11.2 -18 RW 26 Bill Collins 6'1 178 34 74 10 9 19 18 0 1 30 0 93 31 104 9.6 -32 LW 9 Garnet "Ace" Bailey 5'11 192 29 40 7 12 19 28 0 0 33 5 44 4 58 12.1 -12 D 5 Rick Green 6'3 220 21 60 5 14 19 67 4 0 62 20 97 20 84 6.0 -35 C 12 Rick Bragnalo 5'8 160 26 44 2 13 15 22 0 0 25 4 50 23 60 3.3 -6 D 19 Bryan Watson 5'9 175 35 79 3 11 14 167 0 1 60 0 103 31 52 5.8 -12 D 6 Gord Smith 5'10 175 28 80 4 7 11 78 0 0 55 2 98 25 57 7.0 -20 D 4 Larry Bolonchuk 5'10 190 25 49 3 8 11 79 0 0 30 0 66 17 41 7.3 -19 D 28 Gord Lane 6'1 190 24 69 2 9 11 195 0 0 40 0 80 21 68 2.9 -19 D 3 Jean Lemieux 6'1 180 25 16 3 7 10 0 3 0 15 11 16 0 24 12.5 -12 D 2 Jack Lynch 6'2 180 25 29 1 8 9 4 0 0 25 5 39 6 58 1.7 -13 LW 16 Mike Marson 5'9 200 22 46 4 4 8 101 0 0 16 0 15 0 30 13.3 +1 RW 11 Craig Patrick 6'0 190 31 44 1 7 8 4 1 0 19 2 26 1 43 2.3 -8 D 7 Yvon Labre 5'11 190 28 22 0 8 8 41 0 0 17 0 22 5 21 0.0 0 RW 18 Eddy Godin 5'10 190 20 18 3 3 6 6 0 0 7 1 20 0 23 13.0 -14 C 22 Ron Lalonde 5'10 170 25 67 1 5 6 16 0 0 18 0 71 35 48 2.1 -18 C 10 Walt McKechnie 6'2 195 30 16 4 1 5 0 1 0 7 2 20 1 24 16.7 -14 C 29 Doug Gibson 5'10 175 24 11 2 1 3 0 0 0 7 1 9 0 10 20.0 -3 RW/C 11 Mark Lofthouse 6'2 195 20 18 2 1 3 8 0 0 6 2 9 0 21 9.5 -5 G 31 Jim Bedard 5'10 181 21 43 0 2 2 4 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --- -- LW 12 Nelson Burton 6'0 205 20 5 1 0 1 8 0 0 1 0 4 0 3 33.3 -3 RW 23 Doug Patey 5'11 180 21 2 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 --- +1 C 23 Blair Stewart 5'11 185 24 8 0 1 1 9 0 0 2 0 5 0 4 0.0 -3 LW 20 Tony White 5'10 175 23 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 4 0 4 0.0 -4 G 1 Gary Smith 6'4 215 33 17 0 0 0 6 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --- -- G 30 Bernie Wolfe 5'9 165 26 25 0 0 0 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --- --
Skater data: GP: Games played; G: Goals scored; A: Assists; Pts: Total points; PIM: Penalties in minutes; PP: Power play goals; SH: Shorthanded goals; TGF: Total goals on ice for; PGF: Power play goals on ice for; TGA: Total goals on ice against; PGA: Power play goals on ice against; S: Shots taken; S%: Shooting percentage
Pos  #  Goalie              Age   GP   Min   GA   GAA   W   L   T  Sht    Pct  EN  SO
G   31  Jim Bedard           21   43  2492  152  3.66  11  23   7 1254   .879   4   1
G    1  Gary Smith           33   17   980   68  4.16   2  12   3  501   .864   2   0
G   30  Bernie Wolfe         26   25  1328   94  4.25   4  14   4  733   .872   1   0
Goalie data: GP: Games played; Min: Minutes played; GA: Goals allowed; GAA: Goals allowed per 60 minutes; W: Wins; L: Losses; T: Ties; Sht: Shots faced; Pct: Save percentage; EN: Empty net goals allowed; SO: Shutouts
1977 Draft:

                                        NHL    WHA
Rnd  Ovr  Pos  Player                  Games  Games  Team
  1    3  D    Robert Picard            899          Montreal Juniors (QMJHL)           
  2   21  RW   Mark Lofthouse           181          New Westminster Bruins (WCHL)      
  3   39  RW   Eddy Godin                27          Quebec Remparts (QMJHL)            
  4   57  LW   Nelson Burton              8          Quebec Remparts (QMJHL)            
  5   75  C    Denis Turcotte                        Quebec Remparts (QMJHL)            
  6   93  RW   Perry Schnarr                         University of Denver (NCAA)        
  7  111  G    Rollie Boutin             22          Lethbridge Broncos (WCHL)          
  8  127  D    Brent Tremblay            10          Trois Rivieres Draveurs (QMJHL)    
  9  143  LW   Don Micheletti                        University of Minnesota (NCAA)     
 10  156  RW   Archie Henderson          23          Victoria Cougars (WCHL)            

Traded draft picks:


Transactions
08-17-1977traded the rights to Ron Low and Washington's #3 pick in the 1979 draft to Red Wings for Walt McKechnie, Detroit's #2 pick in the 1979 draft and Detroit's #3 pick in the 1978 draft
09-03-1977signed Gary Smith as a free agent
10-01-1977traded Bob Paradise to Penguins for Don Awrey
10-10-1977claimed Dave Forbes from Bruins in waiver draft
10-17-1977traded Hartland Monahan to Penguins for Pittsburgh's #1 pick in the 1979 draft
12-09-1977traded Walt McKechnie to Barons for Bob Girard and Cleveland's #2 pick the in 1978 draft
02-19-1978sold Gary Smith to North Stars
06-10-1978signed Rolf Edberg as a free agent
06-10-1978signed Leif Svensson as a free agent
09-21-1978signed Greg Carroll as a free agent

Game Log:   Click on the date to view the game summary.
   Date         Opponent                  Result      Record
10/14/1977   vs Pittsburgh Penguins       W   2-1     1-0-0
10/15/1977   at Cleveland Barons          L   2-4     1-1-0
10/19/1977   vs Montreal Canadiens        L   3-5     1-2-0
10/24/1977   at Montreal Canadiens        L   1-5     1-3-0
10/26/1977   at Atlanta Flames            W   6-2     2-3-0
10/28/1977   at Colorado Rockies          L   1-8     2-4-0
10/29/1977   at Minnesota North Stars     L   4-7     2-5-0
11/02/1977   vs Chicago Black Hawks       T   2-2     2-5-1
11/03/1977   at Philadelphia Flyers       L   1-4     2-6-1
11/05/1977   vs Philadelphia Flyers       L   1-3     2-7-1
11/08/1977   vs Los Angeles Kings         L   1-5     2-8-1
11/09/1977   at Detroit Red Wings         T   1-1     2-8-2
11/11/1977   vs Toronto Maple Leafs       L   1-3     2-9-2
11/13/1977   vs New York Islanders        L   0-6     2-10-2
11/15/1977   at St. Louis Blues           T   2-2     2-10-3
11/16/1977   at Toronto Maple Leafs       L   2-5     2-11-3
11/19/1977   vs Buffalo Sabres            L   6-7     2-12-3
11/20/1977   at Buffalo Sabres            L   2-5     2-13-3
11/23/1977   vs Atlanta Flames            T   2-2     2-13-4
11/24/1977   at Boston Bruins             L   0-6     2-14-4
11/26/1977   at Toronto Maple Leafs       T   4-4     2-14-5
11/29/1977   at Los Angeles Kings         L   2-4     2-15-5
12/02/1977   vs Cleveland Barons          L   2-3     2-16-5
12/04/1977   vs Pittsburgh Penguins       L   2-4     2-17-5
12/06/1977   vs Vancouver Canucks         L   2-5     2-18-5
12/07/1977   at Cleveland Barons          W   5-3     3-18-5
12/10/1977   at Atlanta Flames            L   1-5     3-19-5
12/11/1977   vs St. Louis Blues           W   2-1     4-19-5
12/13/1977   at Vancouver Canucks         L   1-3     4-20-5
12/17/1977   at Los Angeles Kings         W   2-1     5-20-5
12/21/1977   at New York Rangers          T   5-5     5-20-6
12/23/1977   vs Detroit Red Wings         W   3-2     6-20-6
12/27/1977   vs Boston Bruins             L   3-6     6-21-6
12/28/1977   at Pittsburgh Penguins       T   2-2     6-21-7
12/30/1977   vs New York Rangers          T   3-3     6-21-8
01/02/1978   vs Pittsburgh Penguins       W   3-2     7-21-8
01/04/1978   vs Los Angeles Kings         W   4-0     8-21-8
01/07/1978   vs Buffalo Sabres            T   4-4     8-21-9
01/08/1978   at Chicago Black Hawks       L   1-3     8-22-9
01/11/1978   vs Detroit Red Wings         L   3-6     8-23-9
   Date         Opponent                  Result      Record
01/13/1978   at Minnesota North Stars     T   2-2     8-23-10
01/14/1978   vs New York Islanders        L   0-4     8-24-10
01/18/1978   at Chicago Black Hawks       L   2-5     8-25-10
01/19/1978   at Boston Bruins             L   1-4     8-26-10
01/21/1978   at Pittsburgh Penguins       W   5-2     9-26-10
01/22/1978   at Detroit Red Wings         L   3-6     9-27-10
01/25/1978   vs Colorado Rockies          T   3-3     9-27-11
01/27/1978   vs Boston Bruins             L   2-5     9-28-11
01/29/1978   vs Minnesota North Stars     L   0-4     9-29-11
01/31/1978   at Vancouver Canucks         L   2-4     9-30-11
02/01/1978   at Los Angeles Kings         L   3-8     9-31-11
02/04/1978   at New York Islanders        L   1-6     9-32-11
02/05/1978   at Buffalo Sabres            L   1-4     9-33-11
02/10/1978   at Cleveland Barons          W   4-1     10-33-11
02/12/1978   at Philadelphia Flyers       L   1-4     10-34-11
02/14/1978   vs Vancouver Canucks         L   2-4     10-35-11
02/17/1978   vs Montreal Canadiens        L   2-8     10-36-11
02/19/1978   vs Minnesota North Stars     W   2-1     11-36-11
02/21/1978   vs Los Angeles Kings         L   1-4     11-37-11
02/23/1978   at Detroit Red Wings         L   1-4     11-38-11
02/25/1978   at Toronto Maple Leafs       L   0-4     11-39-11
02/26/1978   vs Philadelphia Flyers       L   1-6     11-40-11
02/28/1978   vs Colorado Rockies          W   7-4     12-40-11
03/04/1978   at St. Louis Blues           T   3-3     12-40-12
03/08/1978   at Montreal Canadiens        L   3-4     12-41-12
03/12/1978   at New York Rangers          L   2-8     12-42-12
03/15/1978   vs Toronto Maple Leafs       L   2-5     12-43-12
03/18/1978   vs Cleveland Barons          W   8-3     13-43-12
03/19/1978   vs St. Louis Blues           L   2-3     13-44-12
03/22/1978   vs Chicago Black Hawks       L   2-6     13-45-12
03/24/1978   vs New York Rangers          L  4-11     13-46-12
03/25/1978   at Montreal Canadiens        L   0-5     13-47-12
03/26/1978   vs Detroit Red Wings         L   1-4     13-48-12
03/28/1978   vs Boston Bruins             T   4-4     13-48-13
03/30/1978   at Colorado Rockies          W   4-3     14-48-13
04/01/1978   at New York Islanders        L   2-3     14-49-13
04/02/1978   vs Montreal Canadiens        T   4-4     14-49-14
04/04/1978   vs Buffalo Sabres            W   4-3     15-49-14
04/08/1978   at Pittsburgh Penguins       W   6-4     16-49-14
04/09/1978   vs Atlanta Flames            W   4-2     17-49-14

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