StreakingPosted on January 14, 2013 by Mike Vogel
Remember when the Caps won the final seven games of the 2007-08 regular season to squeak past the Carolina Hurricanes into the top spot in the Southeast Division? That winning streak earned the Capitals their first Stanley Cup playoff berth in five years. That winning streak was also Washington’s first of five games or more in more than seven years. Washington’s drought between five-game winning was the longest current drought among all 30 NHL teams at the time, and also the longest in Washington franchise history. The Caps went the first 464 games of their existence without a five-game winning streak, and that streak from March 21-April 5, 2008 ended a 498-game spell between five-game winning sprees. That seven-game winning streak was the also the first of five or more games with Bruce Boudreau behind the Capitals’ bench. Since then, the Caps have made streaking more of a regular occurrence in these parts. During the 2008-09 regular season, the Caps enjoyed two winning streaks of five games in length and one that lasted seven games. In 2009-10, the Capitals had a five-game streak, two six-gamers and of course the franchise record 14-game winning streak that stretched from Jan. 13 to Feb. 7, 2010. Last season, they had winning streaks of six and nine games. This year, they’ve got the current seven-game run working as they get ready to set out on their first multiple-game road trip of the season. So after going more than seven years without a winning streak of as many as five games, they’ve now had 11 winning streaks of five or more games in just under four years since Boudreau took over behind the bench.
The Washington Capitals have a fairly healthy history of offensive defensemen. Hall of Famers Scott Stevens and Larry Murphy played here for long stretches of their careers, and both are among just five NHL blueliners ever to skate in more than 1500 career games. Kevin Hatcher, Sylvain Cote and Al