Olie Kolzig says Alex Ovechkin’s four-goal, broken-nose game in 2008 ‘turned the corner for the franchise’
NBC Sports Washington is re-airing memorable Capitals games during the quarantine and getting special analysis from Joe Beninati, Craig Laughlin, and former players and coaches during the replays.
Monday, the network re-aired Alex Ovechkin’s four-goal game against the Montreal Canadiens on January 31, 2008. That night Ovechkin broke his nose and later scored the game-winning goal in overtime to give the Capitals an important 5-4 victory. Olie Kolzig, the Caps’ starting goaltender on the night, was NBCSWSH’s special guest.
The 2007-08 season marked the first time the Capitals made the playoffs in the Ovechkin Era and the first time returned to the postseason since 2002-03. But at that point in time, the Capitals were anything but a shoo-in for a postseason berth.