Sunday, December 15, 2013

Ranking the Caps Comebacks So Far

In one week, the Caps have rallied from two three goal deficits to escape with a win in the shootout. Neither game did they deserve to win, but win they did, and we'll remember it come playoff time.

So far, the Cardiac Caps have treated us to some of the most gut-wrenching hockey in recent memory. What has been the best of the worse, so to speak, so far? Here are my personal faves:

Honorable Mention: November 15 @ Detroit (4-3 SO). The Caps were down two entering the third, but rallied to tie it up with less than 10 minutes left and went on to win in the shootout. The highlight was obviously Michael Latta...

Honorable Mention: November 29 vs. Montreal (3-2 SO). Trailing late in the game, Mikhail Grabovski tied it up with a little over 5 minutes left, and the Caps went on to win again in the shootout.

Honorable Mention: October 3 vs. Calgary (5-4 SO). Down 3-0 in the first, the Caps rallied from that and a 4-1 deficit in the second to tie it up on Nick Backstrom's goal with 5 minutes late, then went on to win in the shootout.

5. November 7 vs. Minnesota (3-2 SO). The Caps were trailing until barely 3 minutes were left, when MoJo tied it up with his second goal of the year, and once again the Caps went on to win in the shootout.

4. November 12 vs. Columbus (4-3 OT). The Blue Jackets took the lead with 5 minutes left and seemed to be heading to a comeback win of their own, but Grabovski tied it up with less than 2 minutes left to send the game into OT, where OV did his thing and got the Caps the win.

3. November 30 @ New York Islanders (3-2 OT). The Isles took the lead on a controversial goal with less than two minutes left, and when Mike Green took a penalty (saving an empty-netter in the process), the game seemed all but over. However, Backstrom scored short-handed with 49 second left, and OV scored another OT game-winner to send the Caps to a thrilling victory.

2. December 10 vs. Tampa Bay (6-5 SO). Until today, this would have been number one (getting to that in a minute). Alex Ovechkin already had a hat trick when, with 33 second left, he tied it up with his fourth goal of the game and the Caps stunned the Lightning in the shootout.

1. December 15 vs. Philadelphia (5-4 SO). The Caps found themselves in a 4-1 hole with less than 10 minutes left in the third, when Green scored to make it a two goal game, Dmitri Orlov scored with three minutes left, and OV did it again by tying it up with 48 seconds left in regulation. The Caps capped off the thrilling victory with another shootout victory.

What do you think? Anything I missed, or any changes you'd make? Tell me in the comments, and lets hope we don't have 49 more games like this.  

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