There have been too many times when these games went against the Capitals. You don’t need them all listed here. There’s a kind of short-hand language that brings all the painful memories back. Easter Sunday. Jaroslav Halak. Joffrey Lupul. Pat Verbeek’s skate. And many, many more. Let’s just move on.
But Joel Ward’s series-clinching overtime goal in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals can take its place alongside Dale Hunter’s overtime tally to cap a 3-1 series, 3-0 game deficit against the Flyers in 1988 at the old Capital Centre and Joe Juneau’s game-winner in overtime of Game 6 of the Eastern Conference finals in 1998. That one sent Washington to its only Stanley Cup finals appearance. The good moments are few and far between for the Caps.
“We needed to win a series like this, this franchise needed it,” general manager George McPhee said. “Boston's a fabulous organization.I really like the way they do things, love their team, like the way Peter Chiarelli manages, [Claude] Julien and Cam Neely, they do a great job. We played them as hard as we could. I don't know how we did it, but it was nice to see that go in. We needed it.” Follow me on Twitter @bmcnally14