On April 27, 1990 the Caps earned a 2-1 overtime win over the New York Rangers in Game 5 of the Patrick Division final series between the two teams. The victory enabled Washington to move on to the Wales Conference final for the first time in franchise history.
After a scoreless second frame, New York drew even at 1:47 of the third on a goal from defenseman Normand Rochefort.
Washington skated off with the game and the series when John Druce scored the overtime game-winner at 6:48 of overtime with help from Geoff Courtnall and Tucker. The goal was Druce’s 12th of the playoffs and his fourth game-winner, accounting for half of the Caps’ team total of eight game-winning goals at that stage of the playoffs.
After losing the series opener by a 7-3 score, the Caps won four straight games to drive the Rangers from the playoffs and to earn a berth in the conference final against the Boston Bruins. Boston swept the Caps in four straight, with Druce scoring two of the six Washington goals in the four games.
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