Washington Capitals: Top 25 goals of all-time

Alex Ovechkin, Washington Capitals (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)
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Nicklas Backstrom, Washington Capitals Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports
Nicklas Backstrom, Washington Capitals Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports /

#21 Nicklas Backstrom Game 2 overtime goal 2010 Round 1

The 2010 first round series between the Washington Capitals and Montreal Canadiens was one to forget… except for Game 2. My generation of young Capitals fans had just been learning the heartbreak of playoff overtime hockey but this was the first time in my Caps fandom I’ve seen an overtime playoff game go the other way.

None of us at home or at the Verizon Center could believe our eyes.

The Caps would prevail in a high scoring 6-5 game. Early in the game they trailed 2-0. Eric Fehr got the Caps on the board. In the second period the Habs went up 4-1 before Nicklas Backstrom pulled the Caps within two.

In the third period Alex Ovechkin and Backstrom tied it. The Habs took the lead right back before a young John Carlson tied it again at 18:39.

Backstrom would complete the hat trick 31 seconds into overtime.