After the 33 games, the regular season finale is upon is. So is the distinct possibility that the Washington Mystics will finish their latest trying campaign with a 13-game losing streak and the second worst record in franchise history. Chicago, the only other Eastern Conference team not headed to the postseason, has its own tale of woe.The Mystics (5-28) wrap up a second straight cellar dwelling season on Saturday at Chicago, needing a win to match their 2011 win total and snap a franchise-record 12-game losing streak. Washington's last win on August 19 came at home against the Sky (13-20), who fell out of the playoff race by losing three of their last four games. Chicago leads the season series against Washington 2-1.Washington ended its postseason hopes some time ago, consistently thwarted by its low-scoring and turnover-prone ways. The Mystics score the fewest points (68.9) among all WNBA teams while committing the third most turnovers (16.8). Playing without leading scorer and rebounder Crystal Langhorne (strained left foot), center Michelle Snow and guard Noelle Quinn, the Mystics shot 34 percent from the field and scored a season-low 53 points in Friday's home finale, a 66-53 loss to Indiana. Down two points at halftime, the Mystics were outscored 24-14 in the third quarter and never recovered.I thought offensively we struggled shooting the ball," Mystics coach Trudi Lacey said. "We missed a lot of open shots and we didnt shoot the ball well from three."Monique Currie scored a team-high 16 points, but missed 11 of 17 attempts including all three from beyond the arc. Lyndsay Wisdom-Hylton made 3 of 5 shots, the only player to connect on at least half her attempts.Now, its all about the finale and looking ahead to 2013.I think its been a long season for all of us," Currie said. "There are some things that I can take away from this season. Its been tough but thats the way the ball bounces sometimes but you have to keep moving and keep fighting, and thats what we all have done. I think were all ready to start over again next year.The WNBA Draft Lottery will be held in Wednesday. Washington is one of four teams eligible to land the top pick in the 2013 draft, which figures to be used on Baylor center Britney Griner.Chicago, still without a playoff appearance during its seven-year existence, will play without Olympian Sylvia Fowles. The imposing center and Chicago's leading rebounder, shot blocker and second-leading scorer has missed the previous six games with a calf injury.The game will also mark the final one for Chicago's Ticha Penicheiro.The Sky'spoint guard and the WNBA's all-time leader with 2,597 assists, announced her retirement this week after 15 seasons.
On June 4, 1998, Joe Juneau scored the biggest goal in the history of the Washington Capitals.
In Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Final, Juneau attacked the crease and shot in a rebound past a helpless Dominik Hasek in overtime to defeat the Buffalo Sabres and win the Eastern Conference.
That goal sent the Capitals to its first and, before 2018, only Stanley Cup Final.
Alex Ovechkin’s name was already etched in the history books for the Capitals several times over, but on Wednesday he added it again with the biggest goal of his career. His goal in Game 7 stood as the game-winner meaning it was the goal that sent the Capitals to their second Cup Final.
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It did not come in overtime and was not quite as dramatic as Juneau’s. In fact, no one knew the significance of the goal at the time. It came just 62 seconds into the contest. It was a significant goal, but no one realized right away that it would be an historic one.
How fitting is it that Ovechkin scored the game-winner? Ovechkin who this team was built around, who reignited the franchise and built Washington into a hockey city. After all the criticism over the years, all the talk about how he can’t win, all talk about how the team should take away the C and all the talk about how the Caps should trade him and start over, this goal was not just a moment of history, but one of vindication.
When we look back on Ovechkin’s career, at all the individual awards and accomplishments, this one single goal will stand above the rest. This was the biggest game of his career and he scored the biggest goal of his career just 62 seconds in.
There’s one way he can top that: lead the Caps past Vegas for their first Stanley Cup.
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