Blast From The Past

Posted on January 14, 2013 by Mike Vogel

It's been more than a decade since the Capitals have won a hockey game here in Vancouver, but they've only made three trips here (0-2-1) in the last eight seasons. The Caps' last regulation win here was a 3-2 close shave on March 28, 1998. That game was notable in that it marked the Washington debut of NHL veteran Brian Bellows, who had signed with the Caps after playing that season in Germany. Such signings are no longer allowed, as Bellows came over and made a difference for Washington and the European loophole was quickly closed. Bellows scored two goals that night in Vancouver, and was a key cog in the Capitals' run to the Stanley Cup finals that spring. Washington's greatest moments in this city have been off the ice: Alex Ovechkin was awarded the Calder Trophy and Olie Kolzig the King Clancy Trophy [/caption] here in June of 2006. Days later, Ovechkin took to the stage to announce that the Capitals had selected center Nicklas Backstrom with their first choice in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft. Heading into that Feb. 14 game here more than 10 years ago, the Caps were on a 7-1-2 roll. Vancouver was the fifth stop on a six-game trip that wended from Denver to Anaheim to Los Angeles to Calgary to Vancouver and finally, to Montreal. Having tied the Flames in Calgary a night earlier, the Caps started a five-game winning streak in Vancouver. At the end of that five-game streak, they were on a smoking hot 12-1-2 roll. Adam Oates scored twice for the Caps that night, including the game-winner in overtime. Peter Bondra and Calle Johansson also scored for Washington to make Olie Kolzig's 22-save efforts in goal stand up for the win. Johansson skated 27:08 that night to lead the Caps, but he came in a few minutes under Vancouver's own Swedish blueline workhorse, Mattias Ohlund (31:43). Todd Bertuzzi tallied twice for the home team and Brendan Morrison also scored for the Canucks. Besides Morrison, a handful of future Caps suited up for the Canucks that night: Donald Brashear, Matt Cooke and Bryan Helmer. Dan Coutier took the loss in goal for Vancouver. Here's how the Caps lined up that night: Washington Forwards 17-Simon, 77-Oates, 8-Khristich 12-Bondra, 38-Bulis, 44-Zednik 22-Konowalchuk, 11-Halpern, 10-Dahlen 26-Herr, 13-Nikolishin, 23-Whitfield Washington Defensemen 6-Johansson, 19-Witt 29-Reekie, 55-Gonchar 3-Cote, 24-Zettler Goaltenders 1-Billington, 37-Kolzig

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Washington and Vancouver hook up tonight on the Hockey Night in Canada stage in front of a national television audience up here in British Columbia. The Caps will be seeking a rare win in this fair city, and a rare win against a pretty fair goaltender, too. Canucks Netminder Roberto Luongo has


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