How the Capitals Got That Stanley: Moment Number 7

Chris Russell
June 16, 2018 - 11:07 am
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In honor of keeping the party going for as long as possible, we give you the "Great 8" reasons and moments the Caps hoisted Lord Stanley's Cup.

Today we look at No. 7 as we progress toward the second round.

Number 7

Just a couple of days after a dramatic Lars Eller double-overtime game-winner to erase a 2-0 series deficit (Moment 8) and a day and a half after tying the series at two-all, with a dominating 4-1 victory in Columbus, the Caps returned home to Capital One Arena on a Saturday afternoon, ready to take command of the series.

Only home wasn't exactly where success was easily found. They had already blown Games 1 & 2 in the series, in each game, squandering 2-0 leads and losing in overtime. But could they escape their own self-inflicted demons? It was the type of game in seasons past that the Capitals would lose.

They almost did. Washington was down 1-0, and then up 3-2 at then end of two periods on goals by Nick Backstrom, Evgeny Kuznetsov and T.J. Oshie.

In the third period, the Caps were simply dominated. They allowed the game-tying goal early on and were out-shot 16-1. Think about that! They were reeling and should have been dead again, facing elimination. Yet, somehow, some way, Braden Holtby stood on his head and turned aside 39 total shots in the game and, once again, the "hockey gods," as Barry Trotz likes to call them, struck for the Capitals.

Chandler Stephenson, who emerged on a consistent basis throughout the Stanley Cup Playoffs, swooped in to get a loose puck and eventually it wound up with Dmitry Orlov, whose shot was deflected home by Backstrom for his second goal of the game. The Caps thrived off deflected goals in the series, scoring four, something that almost never happened in the past.  

After the win, Blue Jackets head coach John Tortorella promised, "We'll be back here for Game 7!" Wrong again, Johnny! 

The Capitals would close the series out, two nights later, in Columbus, for their fourth win in a row and third straight on the road. It was on to Pittsburgh to vanquish more demons.

The Countdown

Moment 8

Moment 7

Moment 6

Moment 5

Moment 4

Moment 3

Moment 2

Moment 1

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