Capitals Countdown, Top 10 Moments from 2016-17: #10

Photo: Geoff Burke

Each week during the remainder of the offseason, NoVa Caps reporter Michael Marzzacco will take a trip down memory lane and share with you what he believes were the top 10 moments from this past season. We kick things off with #10: Nicklas Backstrom’s overtime goal against the Flyers on March 4. 

We all know Backstrom doesn’t get the recognition he deserves. Head coach Barry Trotz even mentioned in a conference call that Nicky “probably gets angry when I talk about him”. On that note, I want to apologize to Nicklas Backstrom that he made it onto this list. I won’t spoil anything, but it won’t be the first time either.

Anyway, on this particular Saturday night in the District, the Capitals were looking to protect their home ice and get their 15th consecutive home win. 15 straight home wins would also extend the franchise record. You can check out our original game re-cap here.

I happened to be in the stands for this game. Nobody scored in the first 40 minutes of action. The Flyers struck first just a minute and 19 seconds into the third period with a goal by Sean Coutourier. The Capitals would answer a minute and 20 seconds later with a wicked slapshot by Dmitry Orlov. The game would require overtime to decide the winner.

Backstrom would win it thanks to a power play goal with a snapshot from the right face-off area. You can read our video breakdown of the game winner here.

What’s #9? Tune in next week to find out!

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By Michael Marzzacco


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About Michael Marzzacco

Michael is an avid DC sports fan with a passion for writing. He has followed the Washington Capitals since the 2003-04 season, around the time his enthusiasm for DC teams really began. It was from the days when they had the worst record in the league to when they became the most exciting team in the area. His Dad took him to his first Caps game a couple of years later. One of his favorite memories was being in the stands during the 2015 Winter Classic where Troy Brouwer scored the game-winning goal with 12 seconds left. Michael graduated from Radford University in May 2016, earning a degree in journalism and focusing on sports journalism and broadcasting. His goal is to work in sports media in Washington, D.C.
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