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Washington Capitals v Vancouver Canucks Photo by Derek Cain/NHLI via Getty Images

It’s a massively slow news day, so instead of cobbling together nonexistent news stories or simply posting an open thread, let’s hop in the time machine and look at a huge comeback win for the Caps in Vancouver one year ago.

(...okay, technically it started a year ago yesterday but by the time all of the craziness had subsided it was October 26. Just go with it.)

Playing their fourth road game of a five-game trip and looking to rebound from a tough loss the previous night in Edmonton, the Caps got off to a good start against the Canucks when Evgeny Kuznetsov opened the scoring just over three minutes into the first. That was the last good news for awhile, however, as Vancouver struck twice quickly after - once on the power play, once shorthanded - and then expanded their lead to 5-1 with a three-goal explosion in the third.

Things looked grim for the Caps... but with a buzzer-beater in the final second of the middle frame, Kuznetsov cut the lead to three - and gave the Caps just the faintest glimmer of hope.

That glimmer grew stronger early in the third period when a Lars Eller shorthanded goal brought the Caps to within two, and three minutes later Michal Kempny made it 5-4... and then it was Kempny again to tie it up and we had ourselves a brand new game. All that remained was Nicklas Backstrom to play the hero in the shootout and the Caps skated away with an unexpected two points.

That comeback win was just the fifth time in Capitals history that they erased a four-goal deficit to win a game, and their first since a 5-4 overtime victory at the New York Rangers on Dec. 23, 2008.

Happy Monday!