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The Noon Number: Unlucky Seven

A look at some high-offense but ultimately futile efforts in Caps history

NHL: Washington Capitals at Pittsburgh Penguins Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

6 - Number of times in Capitals’ franchise history, including last night, in which they’ve scored at least seven goals and lost. To find the last time it happened you have to go back almost 30 years, when they again suffered an 8-7 loss (albeit in regulation) in Pittsburgh early in the 1988-89 season.

The most eventful of the six, however, was likely the first one of the six back in February 1981. That night resulted in an 11-7 drubbing at the hands of the Quebec Nordiques... a game in which the famed Stastny brothers, Anton and Peter, accumulated an incredible 8 points apiece.

From the legendary Bob Fachet of the Washington Post:

Washington had a 19-man defensive breakdown last night, after signs of same had appeared in previous contests on what has become an eight-game winless streak. While the Stastnys deserve credit, some debits were due in the other dressing room.


The crowd of 10,346 was considerably thinned by disgusted fans heading for the exits. Those who remained, however, suddenly began dreaming of a miracle, as Washington scored three goals in the next six minutes, two by Bengt Gustafsson, to close to 10-7 with 12:39 remaining. There were plenty of chances to get an eighth before Peter Stastny wrapped up the scoring with five seconds left.