10 Best Games in Washington Capitals History

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#8: Kuznetsov Triumphantly Announces His Arrival Into Stardom

Evgeny Kuznetsov has been outstanding for the Capitals during the 2015 regular season. To trace back his stardom, his dominance began on April 27th, 2015 when he notched an incredible game winning and series winning goal against the New York Islanders to give the Caps a 2-1 lead in game seven of the 2014 NHL playoffs that they wouldn’t relinquish.

This game was more than just about Kuznetsov’s arrival into NHL stardom. It was about the Washington Capitals putting their choking history in games seven and putting together a dominant performance. They out-shot the Islanders 26-11 and dominated the game from the opening face-off.

Joel Ward would get the scoring started towards the end of the second period off a beautiful feed from Alex Ovechkin. Brooks Orpik would get the secondary assist while wiping out. Islanders forward Frans Nielsen tied the game at one off a rare mistake by Braden Holtby. The Capitals refused to be rattled. They continued to dominate play as if they were telling Holtby, “You’ve bailed us out enough times this season buddy, we’ll bail you out this time”.

Kuznetsov would score his famous goal with just over seven minutes left in the game as he took the puck and flew through the middle of the ice to the slot and lifted the puck over and past Jarsolav Halak.

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