The playoff history of the Washington Capitals is largely one of heartache, but there was one magical year when the stars aligned.
In 1998, the Capitals won its first, and to date only conference championship to advance to the Stanley Cup Finals. Everything that seems to go wrong for Washington in the postseason went right that year. In that playoff run, the Caps won five of the seven games that went to overtime including all three overtime games in the conference finals against the Buffalo Sabres.
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Obviously, those wins take skill, but for a team that has been beset by ill fortune in the postseason, the change in fortune for one postseason stands as a refreshing memory for play-by-play announcer Joe Beninati as he shared in Saturday's episode of the Caps Summer Series.
For Alan May, what he remembers about that run is the total team effort it took to bring the team to the closest it has ever come to a Stanley Cup. Olaf Kolzig was masterful in net and the team got big contributions from Joe Juneau, Adam Oates, Peter Bondra, Brian Bellows, Andrei Nikolishin, Sergei Gonchar, Richard Zednick and Calle Johansson.
Check out their discussion on the 1998 playoff run from the show in the video above.
Unfortunaley for Washington, the team that awaited them in the Finals was a Detroit Red Wings team that ranks among the greatest teams of all time. But, despite the loss in the Finals, it is still fun to reminisce about the one year Washington managed to go deep into the playoffs.
The last episode of the Caps Summer Series will focus on the team's prospects and will air on Thursday at 7 p.m. on CSN.
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