Comcast SportsNet to Present Capitals Best of 2011-12 from June 25 – July 5
Hockey fans will be treated to some of the memorable regular-season games leading up to the Capitals’ Eastern Conference quarterfinal series versus the Boston Bruins
ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals along with Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic, the region’s leading source for multiplatform sports coverage, today announced plans to air encore presentations of eight memorable Capitals games from the past regular-season and playoffs as part of Capitals Best of 2011-12 between June 25 – July 5. The eight-game series will feature four classic contests from the 2011-12 regular season leading up to four games from the memorable Eastern Conference quarterfinal series versus the Boston Bruins.
The Capitals carried a one-goal lead heading into the third period of Opening Night before Carolina tied the score with less than two minutes to play in regulation. Mike Green fired a slap shot on the power play to give the Capitals the overtime win in the first game of the 2011-12 campaign.
Alex Ovechkin and Brooks Laich suited up for their 500th career game but Nicklas Backstrom struck first to give Washington an early 1-0 lead. After Ottawa evened the score in the second period, the teams traded goals in the third and ended regulation tied 2-2. Just :12 seconds into overtime, Laich found an opening and buried the game-winner to give head coach Dale Hunter his first career NHL win.
In what would be a preview of the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs, the Bruins jumped out to a one-goal lead with a goal late in the first period. Washington tallied three times in the second period and the two teams entered the games’ final frame tied at three. Mathieu Perreault capped off his first-career NHL hat trick with a goal in the third period to give the Caps a 5-3 win.
The Islanders jumped out to an early 3-0 lead before the Caps responded with their first goal of the game. Shortly after, New York scored again to regain their three-goal cushion. Alex Ovechkin tallied late in the second period before the Capitals added a pair of goals in the third (including Ovechkin’s second of the game) to tie the score at 4-4. The game would go to the shootout where Matt Hendricks would provide some heroics and a 5-4 Caps win.
The seventh-seeded Capitals faced off as underdogs against the second seed and defending Stanley Cup-champion Boston Bruins in the first round of the 2012 Stanley Cup playoffs. Rookie goaltender Braden Holtby made his first NHL playoff start and quickly quieted his critics by matching 2011 Conn Smythe-winning goaltender Tim Thomas save-for-save. The game was tied 0-0 before Boston snuck one by Holtby in overtime to take Game 1.
The series shifted to the district for the first time in Game 3. The teams traded goals through the first two periods before Brooks Laich tied the score in the third period with his third point of the night. The teams seemed destined for overtime before Boston pulled ahead for good with a goal inside the final two minutes of the game to take a 2-1 series lead.
Needing a win to even the best-of-seven series, the Capitals played solid defense in front of Braden Holtby through the first two periods of Game 4. With the score tied 1-1, the Capitals tallied on the power play to take a 2-1 lead heading into the game’s final frame. Holtby finished with 44 saves to help the Capitals tie the series 2-2.
The underdog Capitals returned to Boston for Game 7 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals. Matt Hendricks kicked off the scoring tipping in a John Carlson shot for the early 1-0 Caps lead. Boston evened the score with a second-period goal, setting up a defensive seesaw battle through the final two periods. The game went into overtime as each team traded scoring chances. Less than three minutes into the extra frame, Joel Ward found the back of the net on a rebound goal and sent the Capitals into Round 2.