Washington Capitals: Top 10 most iconic moments in team history

John Carlson, Alex Ovechkin, Washington Capitals (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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#6 3-1 comeback over the Rangers

2008 marked the dawn of a new era in Caps hockey. The Caps picked up where they left off and once again won the Southeast Division but they had bigger goals in mind. They would draw the New York Rangers as their first round opponent in the spring of 2009 and it would be an entertaining matchup.

The Rangers would win the first two games in D.C. including a 1-0 shutout in Game 2. The Caps would steal Game 3 but drop Game 4 as the series shifted back to Washington with the Caps in a 3-1 series hole.

The Caps would win Game 5 with a 4-0 shutout. Matt Bradley got things started with a shorthanded goal then added another one later in the first period. Alexander Semin and Alex Ovechkin scored in the second period.

The Caps would then take Game 6 at Madison Square Garden by a final of 5-3. Milan Jurcina, Mike Green, Tom Poti, Viktor Kozlov, and Alex Ovechkin provided the scoring. That set the stage for an epic Game 7.

In that seventh and deciding game, the Caps were down 1-0 in the first before Semin tied it. In the third period with 4:59 to go, Sergei Fedorov scored to bring the house down. This marked the first playoff series win in the Alex Ovechkin era.