The list also includes newbies who have shown their skill on the ice, from Alex Overlain to Nickolas Backstroke. That's up to you to decide but for now, take a look and vote up and down your favorite Capitals of all time. Photo: He's not number one, but he is one of the best hockey players to wear a Capitals sweater and instrumental in their Stanley Cup run.
In addition to Holt by, players like Mike Green, Phil Housefly, and Ken Klee are further proof of the great players in history who have scored for the WashingtonCapitals. The list also includes newbies who have shown their skill on the ice, from Alex Overlain to Nickolas Backstroke.
That's up to you to decide but for now, take a look and vote up and down your favorite Capitals of all time. Photo: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 He's not number one, but he is one of the best hockey players to wear a Capitals sweater and instrumental in their Stanley Cup run. His physical presence was felt and changed the way opponents played the Caps.
Since its establishment in 1974, due to a lack of talents, the team lost 67 games in its first season and has an NHL single-season loss record. There is no doubt that the WashingtonCapitals is a successful team and produce a number of talented players.
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Five former Caps are in the NHL Hall of Fame, but only three made the top ten on this list. If the list shows us anything, it might be that a lack of star goalies has been one of the missing ingredients for a franchise that has yet to win a Stanley Cup.
Jim Carey, G; Bobby Carpenter, F; Sylvain Cote, D; John Bruce, F; Gaëtan Duchess, F; Bobby Gould, F; Jeff Happen, F; Alan Hayworth, F; Armor Jar, F; Doug Jarvis, F; Joe Juneau, F; Dmitri Christian, F; Steve Konowalchuk, F; Brooks Latch, F; Craig Loughlin, F; Clint MacArthur, G; Larry Murphy, D; Andrei Nikolishin, F; Pete Peters, G; Robert Picard, D; Alexander Semi, F; Chris Simon, F; Ryan Walter, F; Brendan Witt, D; Richard Media, F; Dailies Gurus, F Al “Wild Thing” Karate had size, speed, and one of the hardest shots in the league.
That same season, Karate won the fastest shot competition at the -Star game, clocking in at 105 mph. Christian, who won a gold medal as part of the 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team, is sixth in Caps history with 193 goals.
Christian holds the NHL mark for the fastest goal by a player in his first game, scoring just 7 seconds into his first shift as a Winnipeg Jet. Oates led the Caps with 17 points during the 1998 playoffs when they made it to the Stanley Cup Finals against Detroit.
More of a setup man than a scorer, Oates played parts of six seasons with the Caps and has over 1,000 career assists. Green, a two- time Norris Award runner-up, has been a major part of the Caps' young nucleus the last five seasons.
The Hall of Fame, who played parts of four seasons for the Caps, scored eight goals in the 1990 playoffs when Washington made it to the Eastern Conference Finals for the first time. In 1987 the Caps pulled off a trade that netted them forwards Kelly Miller and Mike Ridley for Bobby Carpenter.
Johansson scored two goals and had eight assists during the Caps’ 1998 Stanley Cup Finals run. Consistency and toughness are two words that describe Livonia, who played all of his 13 NHL seasons with the Caps.
In 1986, he defected to the U.S. from Czechoslovakia (now the Czech Republic) and became a mainstay of teams that made the playoffs in 11 of his 13 seasons. Backstroke, the fourth overall choice in the 2006 NHL entry draft, justified his selection right away with 69 points as a rookie in 2007-’08.
A natural scorer with elite puck-handling skills, Gustafsson spent all nine of his NHL seasons with the Caps. After leaving the Caps, Gustafsson played another decade in Europe, then coached Sweden to gold medals at the 2006 Olympics and 2006 World Championships.
Stevens was an excellent defender, fearsome hitter, and skillful set-up man, notching 60 assists twice for the Caps. When Stevens left via free agency in 1990, the Caps got several players as compensation, including Sergei Gotcha and Brendan Witt.
1 goalie for the Caps from 1998 to 2008, leading Washington to the Stanley Cup finals in ’98 with four playoff shutouts. The classy Hall of Fame forward played nine of his 20 seasons in Washington, scoring more than 40 goals five times, with a high of 50 in 1984-85.
Gartner, one of the fastest players in the NHL, scored 397 goals for the Caps, behind only Peter Sondra. The current Caps coach was a gritty, intense two-way player who had the second-most penalty minutes in NHL history.
Hunter scored one of the most famous goals in franchise history, the overtime game-winner in Game 7 versus the Philadelphia Flyers in a 1988 opening round playoff series. The sharpshooting winger with elite straight-ahead speed and spectacular shot-making ability holds the Caps’ record for most career hat tricks with 19.
The unassuming sniper made five All -Star teams and scored 503 career goals, 30 in the playoffs. Possessing size, power, and speed, Movie plays with a physical, sometimes reckless style.
Gangway won the first of two Norris Trophies for his work that season, as while the future Hall of Fame wasn’t known for his offensive prowess, his defensive stature helped limit the team to just 283 goals against, which was a franchise record at the time. As a response to that Game 7 loss, Pole went out and acquired a big-game player during the 1987 Draft with a trade from the Quebec Boutiques: Dale Hunter.
Led by Dino Piccalilli’s 38 goals, the team also had six other skaters reach the 20-goal mark that season, with Dimitri Christian (36), Mike Ridley (29), Hunter (28), Michael Livonia and Randy Bur ridge (23 apiece). Bur ridge, who was acquired in June from the Boston Bruins for Steve Leach, joined Because in Philadelphia for the -Star Game as he set a career- the best mark in points with 58.
Stung by the loss of Scott Stevens to free agency during the 1990 off season, the team rebounded nicely from a lackluster 1990-91 campaign and recorded 98 points in 1991-92. In what was the NHL’s 75th Anniversary season, Washington finished tied for second in the league standings overall with the Detroit Red Wings, trailing only the New York Rangers.
In the last three regular-season games, the team went 1-1-1, and then lost a 3-1 series lead to the eventual champion Penguins, leaving the Capitals to wonder what might have been had the season not paused. However, thanks to a new coach from the Hershey Bears named Bruce Bureau, the Capitals enjoyed one of the most improbable races to the wire in team history.
Alexander Semi had a strong performance with the only 40-goal NHL season of his career, and Mike Green had 76 points to earn his place as one of the game’s top defense men. Once in the postseason, Washington also seemed in cruise control, racing to a 3-1 lead over eighth-seeded Montreal with a pair of convincing wins in Quebec.
The Caps finished below .500 for the season (36-38-6), and fired longtime coach Bryan Murray in January after an 18-24-4 start, replacing him with his brother Terry. Bruce then scored the overtime winner in Game 5 at Madison Square Garden to advance to the Wales Conference Final for the first time in franchise history.
While Washington was swept in the Wales Conference Final by the Bruins, the run was the deepest for the 1980s core and alleviated a bit of playoff frustration for a team that was also in the same division as some of the 1980s powerhouses in the Islanders and Flyers. All of this came the year after the long consecutive playoff string dating back to 1982-83 was broken, leading to the firing of Pole, and the hiring of George McGhee and Ron Wilson.
In the first round, newly acquired Brian Bellows helped them win their first playoff series since 1991 by ousting Boston in overtime. Next round, Koenig took control of the Ottawa Senators, allowing just six goals in five games, including two shutouts to end the series.
While Washington was swept in the Cup Final by a star-studded Red Wings, the Capitals were able to have its longest run in decades, and it helped establish them in their new downtown home. While it appeared the Capitals window for a Stanley Cup championship slammed shut after a Game 7 loss to the Penguins in 2017, that didn’t turn out to be the case.
Philipp Grubber, who won the starting job with a strong finish over Holt by, was replaced after two overtime losses to the Columbus Blue Jackets, which put the Capitals on the brink of another playoff collapse. Washington’s season was hanging by a thread in Game 3 as it reached overtime, but the team survived a post and Lars Elder was able to propel the to a win.