Nine years ago, one of the most exciting goals in Capitals history was scored at then Verizon Center.
A little more than a year after the Capitals acquired Sergei Fedorov in a trade deadline deal (February 26, 2008), the three-time Stanley Cup champion skated down the wing and scored the game-winning goal of Game Seven against the New York Rangers.
Fedorov scored with 4:59 remaining in the third period to give the Caps a thrilling 2-1 victory and a 4-3 series win.
The game winner resulted in one of the greatest goal calls in Joe Beninati’s illustrious career.
“Fedorov going the other way,” Beninati began. “A two-on-two with Ovechkin. Sergei Fedorov let’s it go… HE SCOOOOORESSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!! SERGEI. FEDOROV. Lifts the locals to the lead!”
Fedorov beat Henrik Lundqvist over the shoulder with a bullet to the top right corner. It was Fedorov’s first and only goal of the series and 52nd of his playoff career.
The 1994 Hart Trophy winner was tackled and mobbed by an excited Alex Ovechkin during a raucous goal celebration.
The crowd, including RMNB’s Rachel Cohen, went wild.
With the win, the Capitals rallied from a 3-1 series deficit and advanced to the second round of the postseason for the first time in 11 years.
According to Capitals PR, the series win also marked the second time in franchise history the Capitals overcame a 3-1 series deficit (1988 Patrick Division Semifinals).
Also, a year ago today, this article was published on RMNB.
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