Part four of a five-part Caps Greatest Hits series airs tonight on NBC Sports Washington. For tonight's contest from late in the 2007-08 regular season, former Caps bench boss Bruce Boudreau will join Joe Beninati and Craig Laughlin. That was Boudreau's first season as the Caps' head coach; he was hired - initially on an interim basis - four months before this beauty, a 5-3 Caps win over the Thrashers in Atlanta on March 21, 2008.
At the time, the Caps were outside the playoff picture, sitting in 10th place in the Eastern Conference standings. With just seven games remaining in the regular season, Washington trailed Carolina by seven points for the top spot in the Southeast Division. The game pitted the league's two leading goal scorers in Alex Ovechkin and Atlanta's Ilya Kovalchuk, and Washington rookie Nicklas Backstrom also played a pivotal role in the outcome of this contest.
We recently dissected this game here as part of our look back to the Caps' successful stretch drive to a playoff berth in the spring of 2008, so here are the pieces we posted in March of this year, revisiting this crucial late-season contest in Atlanta. Enjoy the show!
Game Preview: https://www.nhl.com/capitals/news/time-capsule---caps-at-atlanta-march-21-2008/c-316244092?tid=299819628
Postgame Notebook/Quotes: https://www.nhl.com/capitals/news/time-capsule---late-surge-sparks-5-3-win-in-atlanta/c-316251470?tid=299819628