Washington Capitals: The 25 Greatest Moments of the Alexander Ovechkin Era

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Washington Capitals: The 25 Greatest Moments of the Alexander Ovechkin Era
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When you endure year after year of crushing playoff disappointment, it's easy to forget those times when it has actually been pleasurable to be a Washington Capitals fan. Even in the depths of the summer, I often find myself eying that bright red jersey tucked away in the closet and thinking about all the beer and condiments I spilled on it celebrating a howitzer from the point that found its way to the twine. I'm definitely never going to wash it. The secret ingredient in that mustard is MEMORIES.

Yes, as painful as these last seven years have been, we should at least be thankful that Alex Ovechkin and company have put hockey back on the map in Washington. Oh sure, the 1998 team was technically more successful, making it two rounds deeper in the playoffs than this team has ever been, but they lacked a certain je ne sais quoi. That, and those blue uniforms were ugly and terrible.

So, today we are faced with a lockout of indefinite length and a history of five years of playoff ineptitude. But let's forget all that for a moment and take a look back to a time when the jerseys were brighter, Ovi was hairier, the coaches were screamier, and the goals flowed like wine.

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