On April 27, 1990 the Caps earned a 2-1 overtime win over the New York Rangers in Game 5 of the Patrick Division final series between the two teams. The victory enabled Washington to move on to the Wales Conference final for the first time in franchise history.
The Caps took a 1-0 lead at 3:16 of the first on a Kelly Miller goal, John Tucker and Rod Langway assisting.
After a scoreless second frame, New York drew even at 1:47 of the third on a goal from defenseman Normand Rochefort.
Washington skated off with the game and the series when John Druce scored the overtime game-winner at 6:48 of overtime with help from Geoff Courtnall and Tucker. The goal was Druce’s 12th of the playoffs and his fourth game-winner, accounting for half of the Caps’ team total of eight game-winning goals at that stage of the playoffs.
After losing the series opener by a 7-3 score, the Caps won four straight games to drive the Rangers from the playoffs and to earn a berth in the conference final against the Boston Bruins. Boston swept the Caps in four straight, with Druce scoring two of the six Washington goals in the four games.