The Capitals have more wins when leading a seven-game series 2-1 than in any other playoff scenario in franchise history with nine.
The last 2OT win for the Caps came in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals on 4/26/98. Joe Juneau scored in double-OT in Boston to give the Caps a 2-1 series lead.
The last road OT goal in the postseason for the Caps against the New York Rangers was Dino Ciccarelli on 4/11/91.
History can change in an instant. Entering Wednesday’s Game 4 between the Washington Capitals and New York Rangers, two of the records above stood for decades. But now nine, Juneau and Ciccarelli have been replaced by 10 and Jason Chimera. And with that change and a completed comeback, the Caps head back to Washington with a chance to close out the series in five games.
The Rangers were 29-0-0 when leading after two periods during the regular season, the only team with a perfect record in such a scenario.
The two goals that the Caps surrendered in seven seconds in the second period was a playoff franchise worst.
Such statistics didn’t matter Wednesday as the Caps dug deep and found a way to win. History can also repeat itself and it did Wednesday at Madison Square Garden. Over two years ago, Shaone Morrisonn’s overtime goal sealed a 5-4 comeback victory that saw Washington trail 4-0 in the second period. Wednesday, the Caps trailed 3-0 entering the third period, but goals by Marcus Johansson and Alexander Semin turned the tide and possibly series in the Caps’ favor.
The Caps were the eighth No. 1 seed to lose in the first round since the NHL playoffs went to its current format in 1994.
The Caps are the only No. 1 seed to blow a 3-1 lead to an eighth seed in NHL playoff history.
The Caps are 8-19 in franchise history in Game 5’s with a 5-12 record at home and 2-7 record when leading 3-1.
But not all history is good. Last year’s disaster has been on the minds of Caps fans and hockey pundits alike for a year now. History has made Washington “chokers.” Yet, without a past, there is no future. While some of this facts will never disappear, the Caps will have a chance to erase them for their memories Saturday and earn just their third trip to the Eastern Conference Semifinals since 1997-98. The NHL’s postseason motto has been “History Will Be Made.” For the Caps, history could be made Saturday.