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THROWBACK THURSDAY: Mironov dazzles in 8-2 win over Capitals

The Oilers blueliner slid past the Washington defence and scored a memorable goal from his knees in a 8-2 defeat of the Capitals on October 28, 1998 at the Skyreach Centre.

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Boris Mironov dangled the puck through Washington defenceman Kelly Miller and side-stepped Adam Oates before sliding in on his knees and finishing off what was one of the Russian's greatest career goals in the third period of an 8-2 demolishing of the Capitals nearly 20 years to the day on October 28, 1998.

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Capitals goalie Olaf Kolzig, who went 2-0 with a 1.00 goals-against average for Germany earlier that year during the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano, Japan, had already been shelled for four Oilers goals on 12 shots and pulled to make way for Rick Tabaracci, who didn't fare much better with four goals against in two periods of relief.

Boris' older brother Dmitri could only look on from the Capitals bench as his sibling scored one of two goals at the Skyreach Centre that night, ending with three points (2G, 1A) to go along with four-point performances from defenceman Janne Niinimaa (0G, 4A) and right-winger Bill Guerin (2G, 2A).

Mironov would notch 40 points (11G, 29A) in 63 games for the Oilers before being traded in March with Dean McAmmond and Jonas Elofsson to the Chicago Blackhawks for Ethan Moreau, Christian Laflamme, Chad Kilger and Daniel Cleary.

The Oilers continued their form onwards into a four-game winning streak at home after the victory, defeating the Pittsburgh Penguins (4-1), Vancouver Canucks (5-3), and the Nashville Predators (3-2) before finishing the season 33-37-12 and losing in the Conference Quarter-Finals 4-0 to the Dallas Stars.

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