January 1, 2015 - The Capitals host the Winter Classic at Nationals Park. They beat the Chicago Blackhawks 3-2.
January 4, 1986 - Dave Christian has 2 goals and 3 assists as the Caps beat the Devils 9-3. This is the only 5 point game of Dave's career. Mike Gartner and Bengt Gustafsson each have 4 points and the two teams combine for six power play goals (3 by each team).
January 8, 1984 - Bengt Gustafsson scores 5 goals as the Capitals rout the Flyers 7-1 in Philadelphia. Gustafsson is the first Capital to ever score 5 goals in a game and only Peter Bondra has matched him since. This game is also the start of a 16-1-1 streak for the Caps, one of the best in team history.
January 9, 1998 - Dale Hunter becomes the first player in NHL history to record 1000 points and 3000 penalty minutes. He scores his 1000th NHL point with 3 assists in a 4-1 win over the Flyers.
January 16, 2017 - Nicklas Backstrom is named first star of the week for January 9-15. During that week he had 3 goals and 7 assists for 10 points in 4 games. One of the assists during the week was on Alex Ovechkin's 1000th career point. The Caps won all 4 games they played and were in the midst of a 9 game win streak.
January 17, 1985 - Mike Gartner has a Gordie Howe hat trick as the Caps beat the Penguins 6-2. He fights Mitch Lamoureux just 1:37 into the game, then scores the Capitals' first goal of the game at 13:15 of the first period. He completes the trick with an assist on Bobby Carpenter's 33rd goal of the season in the third.
January 18, 1983 - Bengt Gustafsson scores 5 seconds into the third period to score the fastest goal from the start of a period in Capitals history. The Caps beat the Flyers 4-1.
January 24, 1992 - The Capitals wear red at home for the first time as all NHL teams switch and wear white on the road and their colors at home for the rest of the regular season in coordination with the NHL's 75th anniversary. The Caps lose 5-2 to the Devils.
January 27, 1985 - The Caps beat the Islanders 5-2 and Mike Gartner ties the club record for game winning goals with his 7th of the season. He would finish the season with 11, which is currently the second most in team history (Bondra had 13 in 1997-98).
January 28, 2000 - Calle Johansson scores at 4:59 of overtime to beat the Phoenix Coyotes 3-2.
January 30, 2000 - The Caps are outshot 30-17 by the Flyers, but Olaf Kolzig stops all 30 and the Caps win 2-0. This is the 11 straight game in which Kolzig is unbeaten. Over the 11 game stretch, he is 10-0-1, with a .931 save percentage and a 1.69 GAA. The Caps wear their black alternate jerseys in 4 of those 11 games.
February 1, 2016 - Evgeny Kuznetsov is named the NHL's first star for the month of January 2016. In the month, he has 4 goals and 12 assists for 16 points in 10 games.
February 4, 2010 - The Capitals come from behind to beat the New York Rangers 6-5. The Caps were down 5-3 with just 15 seconds remaining in the second period when Nicklas Backstrom intercepts a bad pass in his own zone. He makes a rink-wide pass to Alex Ovechkin who takes the puck in on a 2-on-2. Alex fakes a pass, brings the puck through the defender's legs and one-hands a shot past the goaltender for his 500th NHL point in his just his 373rd NHL game. Backstrom then assists on Tom Poti's goal just 59 seconds into the third to tie the game and then he scores the game winner later in the third. Backstrom has 1 goal and 4 assists for the third 5-point game of his career.
February 5, 1983 - Bengt Gustafsson has 3 assists in a 5-4 comeback win at home against the New Jersey Devils. The Caps are down 3-1 in the second period and then midway through the third are down 4-3. Gustafsson assists on a Bobby Carpenter goal at 13:32 and then assisted on a Greg Theberge goal at 15:56 to give the Caps the lead for good.
February 7, 2010 - An epic snowstorm had just blanketed the nation's capital with two feet of snow and it is Super Bowl Sunday, but that's nothing compared to the game taking place at Verizon Center. The Penguins get off to a good start with Sidney Crosby scoring two goals in the first and Jordan Staal scoring two more in the second. Alex Ovechkin has one in between and the Penguins have themselves a 4-1 lead late in the second. Eric Fehr adds a goal just before the end of the period and it's 4-2 at the start of the third. Then Alex Ovechkin changes "#Snowmageddon" into "#Snowvechkin" by scoring twice in the third to tie it up and complete his 10th career hat trick. In overtime Alex rings a shot of the post and Mike Knuble is there to knock in the rebound and end one of the greatest comebacks of the Ovechkin era. It is also the 14th straight win for the Capitals, the longest win streak in franchise history.
February 9, 1992 - Michal Pivonka has his second 4-assist game in a row helping the Caps to a 6-2 win over the San Jose Sharks. Two days earlier, Pivonka's 4 assists helped the Caps beat the Rangers by the same score, 6-2.
February 18, 2009 - Alex Ovechkin scores one of the most amazing goals in team history in a game against the Montreal Canadiens. Ten minutes into the opening period, Montreal is leaving their zone on a pretty routine breakout, when one of the Montreal defensemen sends a pass just a bit too far for Roman Hamrlik to reel in. Alex is just coming on the ice from the opposite side as the puck goes off the boards, just a few feet in front of Hamrlik's stick. Alex chips the puck off the boards, does a spin-a-rama around Hamrlik, collects the puck and skates in on Carey Price with Kyle Chipchura closing in. Alex leans in as Chipchura hauls him down, but Alex is able to keep one hand on his stick and flip the puck just past Price's skate and into the net.
February 19, 1980 - The Capitals beat the Montreal Canadiens for the first time ever. The Capitals had played the Montreal Canadiens 34 times from October 1974 to February 1980 without a single victory. Then on February 19, 1980 before a home crowd of 13,551, they finally beat the Canadiens. This isn't a case where the Canadiens come out flat or take the Caps lightly. They play hard from the drop of the puck, but Wayne Stephenson has a great night, stopping 31 of the 32 shots he faces. Robert Picard, who took a puck to the face in warmups and received a dozen stitches in the locker room, comes back to open the scoring at 10:53 of the second period. In the third period, the play is controlled by Montreal, as Washington only manages 3 shots on goal. However, the scoring is all Washington as they score on 2 of those 3 shots to win, 3-1.
February 21, 1993 - Don Beaupre becomes the all-time winningest goaltender in Capitals history with his 95th win as a Capital in a 5-2 win over the St. Louis Blues. He would increase the total to 128 before being traded to the Ottawa Senators. That record stands for 8 years until being broken by Olaf Kolzig.
February 24, 1991 - Mike Ridley extends his point streak to 13 games (the longest of his career) with a goal in a 5-5 tie against the Penguins.
March 3, 2018 - The Capitals beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 5-2 in an outdoor game at the Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD. The game is part of the NHL's Stadium Series.
March 6, 2010 - Eric Fehr scores the game-winning goal as the Caps beat the Rangers 2-0. For this game, the Capitals wear a special patch on their jerseys to celebrate 35 seasons of hockey in Washington D.C.
March 8, 1980 - Robert Picard has 1 goal, 4 assists and 9 minutes in penalties, including a fight with former teammate Tommy Rowe as the Caps beat the Whalers 9-5. This is the first Gordie Howe hat trick of his career.
March 9, 1989 - Geoff Courtnall has his first hat trick as a Capital with 3 goals and an assist in a 7-2 win over the Boston Bruins.
March 11, 1989 - Dino Ciccarelli scores his first goal as a Capital as the Caps take over first place in the Patrick Division. 1989 would be the only year the Caps would finish as regular season division champions of the old Patrick Division.
March 14, 2019 - Tom Wilson records his first 20-goal season with a goal at 9:48 of the second period in a 5-2 win over the Flyers.
March 15, 2015 - Nicklas Backstrom becomes the Capitals all-time assist leader, passing Michal Pivonka's 418 assists when he assists on John Carlson's power play goal at 12:43 of the first period in a game against the Boston Bruins.
March 18, 2017 - After losing 5 of the last 6 games, T.J. Oshie has a hat trick and adds an assist in a 5-3 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning to spark a 6 game winning streak that will cement the President's Trophy for the second straight season.
March 19, 1996 - Mark Tinordi plays in his 500th NHL game. It is a 2-1 loss to the Anaheim Mighty Ducks.
March 22, 1994 - Joe Juneau has a goal and 2 assists in his first game as a Capital. He would have 13 points in his 11 games with the Caps that season and go on to lead the Caps past the Penguins in the playoffs for the first time.
March 23, 1993 - Kevin Hatcher becomes the seventh defenseman in NHL history to score 30 goals in a season. He scores his 30th at 18:50 of the first period in a 5-1 win over the Quebec Nordiques. The goal was assisted by Peter Bondra and Dmitri Khristich. Bondra and Khristich would also score goals in the game - each of them scoring their 31st goals of the season.
March 26, 1996 - Peter Bondra scores 3 goals in a span of 4:22 of the third period in a 7-1 win over the New York Islanders.
March 27, 1982 - Randy Holt is assessed 5 penalties on the same play (slashing, unsportsmanlike conduct, and 3 misconducts) for 34 total penalty minutes in a 4-4 tie against Philadelphia. The teams combine for 240 PIMs in total as 6 fighting majors and 18 misconducts are doled out in a second period brawl.
March 28, 1975 - The Capitals get their only win of the season on the road. It is their last real chance to get a road win with a game agains the Oakland Seals, who come into the game with only 19 wins. The Caps only other road games left are in Montreal and Detroit. The Caps take a quick 2-0 lead, but the Seals tie it up at 3-3 with 15 minutes left in the third. Nelson Pyatt scores twice in the third to seal the victory. The team is so excited after the win that they pick up a trash can in the dressing room and parade it around like the Stanley Cup!
March 29, 1981 - Ryan Walter has a Gordie Howe hat trick with a goal, assist and a fight (vs. Bobby Nystrom) as Caps lose 5-4 to the Islanders.
April 1, 1979 - The Capitals were 0-16-3 against the New York Islanders before finally beating them for the first time on April 1, 1979. The Caps dominate the first period, building a 3-0 lead and outshooting the Islanders 17-7. They extend their lead in the second on goals by Rolf Edberg (2) and Guy Charron to make it 6-1. The Islanders make it close in the third by scoring three unanswered goals, but Washington is able to hang on to a 6-4 victory.
April 3, 1986 - Lou Franceschetti has a goal and an assist, including the game-winning goal as the Capitals win their 50th game of the year for the first time in club history. Dave Christian also scores his 40th goal of the season in the 4-2 win against the Whalers. It is the only 40 goal season of his career.
April 3, 1996 - Peter Bondra scores his 47th, 48th, 49th and 50th goals in a 5-1 win over the Buffalo Sabres. He becomes only the fourth Capital to record 50 goals in a season.
April 7, 1985 - Rod Langway finishes the season as a +36 breaking the previous club record of +29 set by Bengt Gustafsson the previous year. Alan Haworth would tie the record the next season, but no one would surpass it for another 25 years. Mike Gartner scores his 49th and 50th goals of the season and has points 99, 100, 101 and 102 as the Caps beat the Penguins 7-3. This would be Mike's only 50-goal season and his only 100-point season.
April 8, 1979 - Caps close out the 78-79 season with 5-2 win over the Penguins. They finish in fourth place in the Norris Division with a record of 24-41-15. Rick Green has 3 assists in the game. It is the first 3 point game of his career.
April 8, 1993 - Sylvain Cote scores his 20th goal of the season. For the first time ever in the NHL, a team has 3 defensemen score 20 goals (Hatcher 34, Iafrate 25, Cote 21).
April 17, 2010 - Nicklas Backstrom has the first hat trick of his career as the Caps beat the Montreal Canadiens 6-5 in overtime of Game 2 of their first round playoff series. Near the end of the second period, with the Caps down 4-1, Backstrom scores to tighten the game at 4-2. After an Ovechkin goal early in the third, Backstrom ties it up at 4 midway through the third. After another Montreal goal, Nick assists on a John Carlson goal with 1:21 left in regulation. He then ends the game just 31 seconds into overtime with the final goal of his hat trick.
April 19, 2012 - Braden Holtby stops 44 of Boston's 45 shots as the Caps even their first round playoff series at 2-2 with a 2-1 win over the defending Stanley Cup champions. The Caps would go on to win the series on a dramatic overtime winner by Joel Ward in Game 7.
April 27, 1994 - Joe Juneau has a goal and an assist as the Capitals eliminate the Penguins in game 6 of the 1994 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals.
May 7, 2018 - The Capitals beat the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 6 of the 2018 Eastern Conference Semifinals in overtime to eliminate the Penguins and move to the Conference Finals for the first time in 20 years. Each team scores only once during regulation. Just over five minutes into overtime, Alex Ovechkin grabs a loose puck at center ice and finds Evgeny Kuznetsov slipping behind the defense. He hits Kuzy with a perfect pass and Kuzy takes it in and scores.
May 12, 1995 - Jim Carey backstops the Caps to their second straight 6-2 win at home over the Penguins to take a 3-1 lead in the series. The Capitals would go on to lose three straight to fall to the Penguins 4 games to 3.
May 23, 2018 - The Caps win Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals. Alex Ovechkin scores just over a minute into the game, but Tampa pushes back hard for the next period and a half. Braden Holtby stops everything the Lightning can put on net and then Andre Burakovsky scores not one but two goals in the second period and Capitals coast into the Stanley Cup Finals.
June 4, 1998 - Joe Juneau scores in overtime of Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Buffalo Sabres to send the Caps to the Stanley Cup Finals for the first time in franchise history.
June 7, 2018 - The Capitals win the Stanley Cup! Vegas scores late in the second period of Game 5 to take a 3-2 lead into the third. With about ten minutes left in the game, Devante Smith-Pelly's forecheck prevents Luca Sbisa from getting off a crisp pass. This allows Brooks Orpik to pinch in and keep the puck in the zone. Orpik quickly fires the puck at the net, but Smith-Pelly stops it with his skate and as he is getting tripped by a Vegas defender, he puts a diving shot past Fleury to tie it up. Two and a half minutes later, Andrei Burakovsky finds Brett Connolly in the slot for a one-timer. Fleury makes the save but the puck trickles behind him. Lars Eller, coming from behind the net, puts it in for what would be the Stanley Cup winning goal!
June 12, 2008 - Alex Ovechkin becomes the first Washington Capital to win the Hart Trophy as the league's most valuable player. He also collects the Art Ross trophy for leading the league in points, the Lester B. Pearson award for the most outstanding player as judged by the player's association and the Richard Trophy as the leading goal scorer. Prior to 2008, the only Caps to finish in the top 5 of the Hart Trophy voting were Rod Langway (4th in 1983, 2nd in 1984, 4th in 1985) and Olaf Kolzig (4th in 2000).
June 18, 2009 - Alex Ovechkin accepts his second Hart Trophy in a row at the NHL Awards ceremony in Las Vegas. He also collects the Lester B. Pearson award for the most outstanding player as judged by the player's association and the Richard Trophy as the leading goal scorer. His 56 goals are 10 better than second place Jeff Carter. He finishes second in scoring with 110 points to Evgeny Malkin's 113.
September 27, 1974 - The Capitals tie the Montreal Canadiens 4-4 in the first game at the Capital Centre during the 1974-75 preseason.
October 5, 2007 - Nicklas Backstrom has an assist in his first NHL game. The Capitals beat the Atlanta Thrashers 3-1 and Backstrom assists on a Michael Nylander goal at 10:41 of the first period.
October 6, 2001 - In the 2001-02 season opener, the line of Ulf Dahlen, Jeff Halpern, and Steve Konowalchuk generate 3 of the Caps 6 goals as the Caps beat the Devils 6-1. Dahlen has 1G, 2A, Halpern has a 1G, 1A and Konowalchuk has 2A.
October 7, 1981 - Bobby Carpenter, who was the highest American ever drafted just four months earlier, plays in his first NHL regular season game. The Caps would lose to the Sabres 5-3 at the Buffalo Auditorium, but Carpenter gets his first point just 12 seconds into the game when he assists on a Ryan Walter goal. In the second period, he scores his first NHL goal, which gives the Caps a 2-1 lead at the time.
October 23, 1974 - The Capitals wear white pants for the final time in a game against the Chicago Black Hawks. After just four games, the organization decides not to continue with the white pants as they do not stay white after a full game of sliding up and down the dirty NHL benches.
October 23, 2015 - Evgeny Kuznetsov notches 5 points (3 goals, 2 assists) in a 7-4 win over the Edmonton Oilers. This was Kuznetsov's first career hat trick and 5 point game.
October 29, 1991 - Michal Pivonka scores the final goal in an 8-0 rout of the Pittsburgh Penguins. Penguins superstar Mario Lemieux is held scoreless and is a -4.
October 31, 1983 - Al Jensen is named the NHL Player of the Week after going 4-0 (all games on the road) including back-to-back shutouts. During the week, he broke his own record for the longest shutout streak in franchise history, setting the new record at 154:06. This record would be broken by Pat Riggin later that same season.
November 1, 2019 - John Carlson is named the NHL's 1st Star of the Month for October 2019. In the month, John had 7 goals and 16 assists for 23 points in just 14 games. His 23 points are the most ever scored in a single month by a Capitals' defenseman and the second most ever scored by an NHL defenseman in October.
November 7, 1992 - Mike Ridley scores the Capitals' 5000th regular season goal in a 6-2 win over the Hartford Whalers.
November 8, 2007 - Nicklas Backstrom scores his first NHL goal in a 4-1 win over the Senators in Ottawa.
November 17, 2008 - Nicklas Backstrom is named the NHL's first star of the week for the week Nov 9-16. In three games that week, he had 2 goals and 8 assists, including a 4 point game on the road in Carolina and a 5 point game in New Jersey in which he played a part in all 5 Capitals' goals.
November 18, 2000 - Steve Konowalchuk scores all 3 Capital goals as the Caps fall to the Flyers 5-3. This is the third and final hat trick of his career.
November 21, 1998 - After an old fashioned line brawl early in the game, which even included a goalie fight between friends and former teammates Olie Kolzig and Byron Dafoe, the Bruins get a little revenge from the previous playoffs as they beat the Caps 5-4 in overtime. Ejections to Dmitri Mironov and Mark Tinordi force Joe Reekie to log 32:15 of ice time, the most of his career.
November 21, 2001 - Sergei Gonchar scores his 100th career NHL goal in a 3-2 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning.
November 23, 2007 - Bruce Boudreau coaches his first game for the Capitals. Nicklas Backstrom scores an overtime goal to beat the Philadelphia Flyers 4-3. This would be considered the turning point of the season as Washington would compile a 37-17-7 record under Boudreau after going 6-14-1 to start the season. They would make the playoffs for the first time in five years.
November 26, 2008 - Alex Ovechkin's 6th career hat trick helps the Caps to a 5-3 win over the Atlanta Thrashers. This would be 10 goals for Alex in his past 9 games. He would score 56 during the season, the third highest total in team history.
December 2, 1981 - Bobby Carpenter assists on all 3 Mike Gartner goals and adds one of his own in a 9-3 win over the Calgary Flames.
December 14, 2018 - Alex Ovechkin has a hat trick for the second game in a row as the Capitals beat the Carolina Hurricanes 6-5. This is Ovechkin's 23rd career hat trick and the second time in his career that he has had hat tricks in back to back games.
December 15, 1979 - Rick Green scores the first of 5 third period goals for the Capitals as they come back from 4-0 deficit to beat the Rangers 5-4.
December 21, 1980 - The Capitals beat the Philadelphia Flyers for the first time. Up to this point, the Capitals had beaten every other team in the league at least once and in their 26th meeting, the Caps finally beat the Flyers. It is a 6-0 rout, but it isn't as easy as it might seem. Mike Palmateer has to stop 44 Flyer shots and the teams combine for 344 penalty minutes (the most ever in a Capitals game) with 15 players being ejected.
December 23, 2008 - The Capitals erase a 4-0 deficit to the New York Rangers to win 5-4. Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom each have three points, but it is Shaone Morrisonn who scores the winning goal in overtime.
December 28, 2015 - Braden Holtby has a 31 save shutout against the Buffalo Sabres to improve his record to 23-4-1. The 2015-16 Capitals would run away with the President's Trophy behind a remarkable Vezina Trophy winning season for Braden Holtby.
December 29, 2007 - Alex Ovechkin has the first 4-goal game and first 5-point game of his career in an 8-6 win over the Ottawa Senators. It is also the third hat trick of his career.