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!
By Michael Marzzacco