The Washington Capitals have more wins than any other team since the ‘Save The Caps’ campaign in 1982
During their expansion season in the NHL, the Washington Capitals were, well, beyond awful.
The Caps opened the 1974-75 season by losing 17-straight games breaking an NHL record of futility set in 1930-31 by the Philadelphia Quakers. Their first road win came near the conclusion of the season on March 28, 1975. The lowly Capitals beat the California Golden Seals 5-3 in Oakland, snapping a 37-game losing streak on the road. It would be the first and only road victory the Capitals secured that year. Inside the Capitals locker room, Tommy Williams picked up a trash can like it was the Stanley Cup and paraded around the room with it.
“Yep, everybody signed it,” goaltender Ron Low said according to NHL.com. “We made sure we got our names on the Cup and that was the end of our parade. It was bad enough that we only won seven at home. It was a pretty scary hockey club, not a whole lot of things you remember about it as great. You look at a lot of things that took place, 13 goals at Buffalo against and four of them by your own defensemen. You could make a pretty good movie out of it.”
The Capitals finished that season a dreadful 8-67-5, collecting only 21 standing points.
Fast forward seven years later to 1982, the Capitals franchise had barely improved and was without a playoff appearance during their eight seasons in the NHL. The organization was in dire straits, losing tens of millions of dollars a season, and Abe Pollin was considering relocating. A proposed Prince George’s County amusement tax would make things worse.