WASHINGTON D.C. -- Down 4-1 in the second period, most would have thought game seven of last season's Eastern Conference semifinals was about to once again occur.
After forcing a game seven last season against the Pittsburgh Penguins, the Caps were throttled 6-2 in the pivotal deciding game by the Pens.
This time around, not so fast my friends. Alex Ovechkin had different plans, and Mike Knuble's game winning tally 2:49 into overtime sent the Caps to a 5-4 victory and a 14th win in a row , the largest in the NHL since the Penguins won a record 17 straight in 1992-93.
The Capitals scored four-unanswered goals to overcome the large deficit in front of a packed house at the Verizon Center.
Snowpocalypse in D.C. did not stop the fans in red from coming out, for arguably one of the greatest comebacks and games ever in Chinatown.
Alex Ovechkin tallied three goals, posting yet again another hat trick against the Penguins. His third tally with 8:54 remaining in the third knotted the score and forced overtime.
In the overtime period, Knuble found the net, poking puck through Marc-Andre Fleury's legs to elate the crowd and clinch the 14th-consecutive win for the Caps.
For the Penguins, Sidney Crosby found the net twice in the first period and teammate Jordan Staal scored a pair in the second.
Washington will hit the ice on Wednesday night at 7:30 p.m. in Montreal and will look for a 15th-straight win. Should the Caps win their final three games, all on the road, prior to the Olympic break, it will be Washington and Pittsburgh tied at 17-straight all-time.