The 5 Biggest Fan Favorites in the History of the Washington Capitals

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The 5 Biggest Fan Favorites in the History of the Washington Capitals
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Throughout their history, many colorful and popular players have called the Washington Capitals home.

Indeed, 2014 will mark the Capitals' 40th anniversary, and while a Stanley Cup championship continues to elude the franchise, that does not mean there has been a shortage of memorable moments supplied by equally memorable players.

There was Dale Hunter's overtime game-winner in Game 7 of the 1988 Patrick Division Semifinals against the Philadelphia Flyers.

Ten years later, Joe Juneau scored in overtime of Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Final to lead the Caps past the Buffalo Sabres and to their only appearance in the Stanley Cup Final.

There have been countless moments involving Alexander Ovechkin, including his dueling hat tricks with Sidney Crosby in Game 2 of the 2009 Eastern Conference Semifinals.

We have seen tremendous goaltending performances from players like Jim Carey, Olaf Kolzig, Semyon Varlomov, and, most recently, Braden Holtby.

These great players have been involved in some truly epic moments, such as the Easter Epic in 1987 or Game 4 of the 1996 playoff series against the Pittsburgh Penguins, both games resulted in four overtime losses for the Caps.

Not surprisingly, all of this history and great moments have endeared several Caps players in the hearts and minds of their fans.

Which players are the biggest fan favorites in Washington Capitals' history?

This article will explore that very issue.

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