Having Caps hockey withdrawals? We’re always here to help! Introducing a new weekly series where Friends in Cold Places writer Michael Marzzacco takes a look back at what he believes were the Top 10 moments of the regular season. Additionally, sometime down the road, Michael will rank his Top 10 moments of the playoffs so we can relive all the glory that comes with winning the Stanley Cup.
#10: A Comeback to Defeat the Rangers
Date: March 28, 2018
Result: Capitals 3, Rangers 2 OT
This late regular season contest with the Rangers didn’t seem like much of a matchup with the recent rebuild announcement coming from the Blueshirts, but Capitals vs. Rangers games at Capital One Arena are always a popular draw with the antics between both fanbases in the stands. This Wednesday Night Rivalry matchup was no different.
This game marked the NHL debut of then-21-year old Shane Gersich, who just a short time ago was taking college classes at University of North Dakota. Gersich had three shots and a -1 on the night.
The Rangers struck first on a power play goal by Kevin Hayes at 12:42. Andre Burakovsky evened the score with 33 seconds left in the opening period. T.J. Oshie forced a turnover, dished it to Nicklas Backstrom who quickly fed it to Burakovsky near the right face-off dot.
Nearly midway through the third period, the Rangers went ahead on a goal from Ryan Spooner. With under 90 seconds to go, the Capitals pulled goaltender Braden Holtby for an extra attacker with the hopes of tying the game. With 1:05 to go, Backstrom had the puck just behind Henrik Lundqvist and quickly fired a pass to Lars Eller. Eller buried it to tie the game and ultimately force overtime.
During the 3-on-3 session, Kuznetsov skated around two defenders, came around, and faked a pass to Ovechkin. Instead he ripped the puck through the net to win the game 38 seconds in.
What moment will be #9? Tune in next week to find out!