#5 Dale Hunter’s Game 7 goal in 1988
The Caps had always come up short in the playoffs but this was the first time where they actually tasted a little bit of playoff success. In Game 7 at the Capital Centre against the Philadelphia Flyers, it would be Dale Hunter‘s overtime heroics that would be talked about for years to come.
The date was April 16, 1988 and the Caps found themselves in an early 3-0 deficit against the Flyers. That 3-0 deficit was the score in the second period before Garry Galley put the Caps on the board. Kelly Miller pulled the Caps to within one before Kevin Hatcher tied it.
Hunter gave the Caps the lead in the third period before the Flyers tied it right back up. Hunter would save the night in overtime with a breakaway goal. The goal came at 5:57 and it was easily the best playoff moment at the old Capital Centre.
A year earlier, the Caps had suffered one of the most heartbreaking playoff loses to the New York Islanders in a game that was dubbed the “Easter Epic”. We won’t go too much into detail over that but long story short the Caps lost in four overtimes. One year later, another Game 7, but better result.