When the blessed day arrives, we won’t much mind seeing the Igloo flattened by wrecking balls and bulldozers, but there have some outstanding moments for the Capitals in that building, notwithstanding the greater share of agony. We meditated a bit on what might be the best moments for Caps’ fans in what’s perhaps their least favorite rink in the entire league. While it’s easier to associate disappointment with the Caps’ visits to the ‘Burgh, particularly of the postseason variety, we felt it was important to call out glory earned there as we bid a sweep-of-a-season-series farewell to that western Pa. outhouse. Our choice of the no. 1 overall moment making life miserable for mullets might surprise you, but we factored in Pittsburgh’s collective level of hatred for the perp, the caliber of schadenfreude for the moment, and its impact in exacerbating the already white-hot hatred between the clubs.
Herewith OFB’s Top 5 Caps’ moments in the House of Pierogies and Pucks:
(5) Brawls Galore at the end of a 4-1 Caps’ win, November 25, 1989. Beating Pittsburgh solidly was impressive enough, but Caps’ heavyweights Alan May, Scott Stevens, and Nick Kypreos all spend the game’s waning moments well engaging Penguin knuckleheads, and even Yvon Corriveau gets into the brawling action with Kevin Stevens. Boy are there some haymakers heaved here!
(4) Ciccarelli goes wild as the Caps crush the Pens 7-2, April 25, 1992. After Dino Ciccarelli torched Tom Barrasso and KenWregget for four goals in game 4, evening this Patrick division series at two games apiece, the Penguins had to employ a left-wing lock to get past the Caps en route to winning their second Stanley Cup. The Caps gave the Pens by far their toughest test that postseason.
(3) Halpern clips mullets in OT, evens playoff series at two games a piece. If you were following the Caps back in 2001, you won’t forget the image Reuters’ Jason’s Cohn captured of Jeff Halpern — lifelong Caps’ fan and Pens’ hater — celebrating his series-evening strike in extra time.
(2) Steckel stuns the ‘Gloo in overtime of game 6, May 11, 2009.
(1) Ovi says take this as a last-second farewell to the Igloo: