"Craven at the blue line is poked checked by Murphy, Murphy starts the rush, he hits Hunter, he's in alone, a shot and a goal.”
The call by Mike Fornes of Home Team Sports is what you hear when you see the commercial for this year’s playoffs, History will be made.
History was indeed made on this night as Dale Hunter's second goal of the game in overtime gave the Capitals a seven game series win against the Flyers.
The Capitals, who were trailing in the series at one point, three games to one, were also trailing 3-0 in Game 7 before Gary Galley, Kevin Hatcher and Kelly Miller scored to tie the contest.
Dale Hunter actually put the Capitals in front 4-3 early in the third period with a power play goal but like many Capitals playoff games, the drama was just starting and late in the game.
Less than two minutes after Hunter’s goal, Brad Marsh scored for the Flyers to tie the game. The teams played the third period without scoring again forcing overtime in a Game 7.
The Capitals already dropped a 5-4 overtime decision in the series. Murray Craven scored just 1:18 into the extra session of Game 4 to give the Flyers the 3-1 series lead.
This time it was Washington and it took just six minutes into overtime for the Caps to lift the monkey off their back. Although they had just six seasons of playoff futility to this point, this win went a long way in erasing those six years.
Just the year before the Caps lost a quadruple overtime game seven to the Islanders. Washington had only won two previous playoff series prior to this series against the Flyers.
This game, how Washington came back, and what it meant to the organization at the time it was played will always endear it to me and many old school Caps fans. Unless the Capitals win a Stanley Cup, this game stays as my No.1.