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The Last Time the Caps Overcame a Four-Goal Deficit

…with only 21 minutes or less remaining

by Taryn Bray @tarynbray /

Since apparently the Capitals like doing things for the first time in a very long time this season, let's do this again.

Per NHL Stats, Friday night's comeback win in Vancouver marked only the third time that the Capitals have overcome a 4+ goal deficit to win a game with only 21 minutes or less remaining in a game. The last time the Caps accomplished the feat was in 1986 at Hartford.

Let's take a look back at what was happening in 1986:

  • Alumni favorites Rod Langway and Craig Laughlin were playing for the Caps
  • The Hartford Whalers still existed (obviously)
  • Wayne Gretzky won the Hart Memorial Trophy
  • Top Gun was released
  • The Oprah Winfrey Show debuted
  • Lionel Richie, Elton John and Whitney Houston had the most popular songs of the year
  • Doritos started selling the Cool Ranch Dorito
  • Ferris Bueller's Day Off became a massive hit
  • Lady Gaga, Drake and Usain Bolt were born
  • Halley's Comet made an appearance

Thirty three years and honestly, things aren't that different. Top Gun and Ferris Bueller's Day off are stitll cult classics, Oprah Winfrey is still a star, and Cool Ranch Doritos are still popular.

Oh and this time, I wasn't born yet. 

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