As the Capitals prepare for the 2018-19 season, it’s time to take one last look at the magical Stanley Cup run and the five plays that made it so special.
Today’s countdown: The top 5 plays from the Capitals Cup run
TOP 5 PLAYS FROM CAPITALS STANLEY CUP RUN
5. Lars Eller scores in double OT in against Columbus
Every magical moment from the playoffs would not have been possible if not for Eller’s overtime goal against Columbus. Down 0-2 in the series, the Caps were facing an 0-3 hole as Game 3 went to overtime.
An 0-3 hole would have essentially been the end of the series. They were not going to climb back into that series. But then everything changed.
Eller scored one of the ugliest goals you’ll ever see, but it was a pretty sight to Caps fans. They would not lose again in that series. It is not an exaggeration to say this was the goal that saved the season.
4. Alex Ovechkin bats puck out of the air for late Game 3-winner against Pittsburgh
Game 3 against the Penguins looked like it was headed to overtime with the score tied at 3 late in the third period until Nicklas Backstrom broke the puck out of the defensive zone.
Backstrom was joined by Ovechkin on a 2-on-1 and fed the Caps’ captain right on the doorstep of Matt Murray.
Murray made the first save, but with the puck dangling in midair, Ovechkin whacked it in for the game-winner with just 1:07 left to go to silence the Pittsburgh crowd.
3. Evgeny Kuznetsov finishes off Pittsburgh in OT
I know, No. 3 seems low for the moment Washington finally got the Pittsburgh monkey off their backs, but that’s how epic the playoff run was.
The Caps stood one goal away from finishing off the Penguins or heading back home to face a Game 7. A Pittsburgh turnover led to a rush in the other direction with Ovechkin feeding Kuznetsov for the breakaway.
Kuznetsov tucked the puck through the five-hole of Murray and the celebration was on.
2. The Save
How different could the Stanley Cup Final have been without this save from Holtby?
Down 0-1 in the series, but up by a goal late in Game 2, Holtby made the incredible stick save on Alex Tuch to preserve the lead and the win for Washington.
It’s now known as “The Save” and will go down as the greatest save in franchise history and one of the great saves all time in hockey.
1. Lars Eller’s Cup-clinching goal
Eller scored the goal that saved the season and he scored the goal that finished it.
As the puck squeaked past goalie Marc-Andre Fleury, Eller pounced and put it in the net for what would be the Stanley Cup-clinching goal. It is the biggest goal in the history of the franchise and one that will forever cement the Tiger in Capitals history.
Marc-Andre Fleury, Eller pounced and put it in the net for what would be the Stanley Cup-clinching goal. It is the biggest goal in the history of the franchise and one that will forever cement the Tiger in Capitals history.
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