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Today marks two years since one of the most memorable moments (and goals) during the Washington Capitals’ Stanley Cup run. On May 7 in Round Two, center Evgeny Kuznetsov scored the overtime game-winning goal in Game 6 of the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs, eliminating the Pittsburgh Penguins and advancing to the Eastern Conference Final for the first time in 20 years.
From a pass by Capitals’ captain Alex Ovechkin, Kuznetsov flew down center ice and sent a shot through the five-hole of Penguins’ goaltender Matt Murray, celebrating the victory with the “Bird Celly”.
There were famous words that night in the Steel City by Capitals radio play-by-play announcer John Walton:
HE SCORES! HE SCORES! EVGENY KUZNETSOV WINS IT FOR WASHINGTON! IT’S OFF TO THE THIRD ROUND! THE DEMONS HAVE BEEN EXORCISED! GOOD MORNING! GOOD AFTERNOON! AND GOOD NIGHT PITTSBURGH! WE’RE GOING TO TAMPA BAY! THE CAPITALS HAVE DONE IT!
ABC7’s Chip Brierre spoke to Kuznetsov recently about his goal and how it was a turning point for the Capitals. Kuznetsov called the goal “special” and expressed how much it was a team effort in “one of the biggest games for us in that playoff run”.
He noted the postgame locker room celebrations, which lasted for 55 minutes, was an “emotional and happy thing”. It gave the team momentum and drive to “keep fighting for the goal”. Little did the Capitals know they would win their first-ever Stanley Cup just one month later.
— Chip Brierre (@Chip_Brierre) May 7, 2020
By Della Young
— Washington Capitals (@Capitals) May 8, 2018