Iconic overtime goals and Alex Ovechkin
dominate Washington Capitals: 10 Greatest Games, which is a new DVD box set that commemorates some of the best moments in franchise history.
The 10-disc set, which was produced by NHL Studios and hit stores March 23, includes 10 of the top contests in the 35 years of Washington Capitals hockey. The two most important goals in team history – Dale Hunter’s Game 7 overtime winner to beat the Flyers in 1988 and Joe Juneau’s OT goal in 1998 to send the Capitals into the Stanley Cup finals are part of the set.
Ovechkin’s arrival has produced a hockey renaissance in Washington, and his career is well-represented. His two greatest individual games are here. One was Jan. 31, 2008, when he scored four goals against Montreal despite a broken nose. The other was his hat trick against Pittsburgh in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference semifinals last year.
Another game from 2008 is the final game of the regular season when Washington completed an improbable comeback from last place in the NHL to win the Southeast Division title.
“We had our backs up against the wall and that was it – if we had lost that game our season was over,” Matt Bradley said. “We found a way to win, and it made for a real fun end to the season.”
Sergei Fedorov’s goal in Game 7 against the New York Rangers in the first round of last year’s postseason did not come in overtime, but his late-game heroics did propel the Capitals to the second round for the first time in 11 years.
“I remember how loud it was after he scored. I think it was by far the loudest I’ve ever heard or seen any building,” Tom Poti
said. “It was just unbelievable how loud it got when that puck went in, and how loud it stayed for a really long time.”
The set should spark fun debates, like which goal was greater – Hunter’s or Juneau’s. It may not have been for a trip to the Cup final, but longtime play-by-play man Ron Weber will take Hunter’s breakaway tally 22 years ago.
“For me, that was the most memorable moment in Capitals history,” Weber said. “But I would also say most memorable yet.”