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Classic Caps montage: 1989-90 Patrick Division Finals

By Ryan Cooper

There’s nothing really going on now in Caps Land, and everyone else in the media is in ZOMG!! FOOTBALL!!!!!! REDSKINS!!! mode, so I figured I’d break down a Classic Caps montage, this one coming from the 1989-90 Patrick Division Finals, a series the Caps won in five games, and featured some of the best moments in Caps history. I remember the life-changing 1989-90 Caps music highlight video -- this came after the Devils montage (“Runnin’ Down a Dream”), and preceded the “general playoffs” montage (a knockoff version of “Wind Beneath My Wings,” and no, I’m not making that up).

Follow along here 

0:00 - Coming to you live, it’s Al Koken and Mike Fornes staring at the camera for a few seconds while dressed for the Prom. I find it bizarre that Koken looks EXACTLY the same over 20 years later.  Most younger fans have no idea who Mike Fornes is, but he was one half of a Caps broadcast team (and get this, they used to have TWO different teams, one for the late, great HTS, and one for WDCA), and had a great goal call (“shot….AND A GOAL!!”).  I have no clue whatever became of him, so consider this an unofficial APB.

0:10 – The music, a knockoff version of Irene Cara’s “What a Feeling” from Flashdance, kicks in.  I think this version was by Myrene Sara.  In all honesty, I can’t think of a better “hockey” song than “What a Feeling.”  It even features wraparounds!

0:14 – Montage starts with the goal that wins the series, Geoff Courtnall throws the puck at the net, and it goes in off John Druce, who is the NHL’s version of a shooting star.  He had nine goals that series against the Rangers, and never really did much again.

0:31 – Backup goaltender Jim Hrivnak’s curly mullet/rat tail.  You could cut glass with that thing.

0:36-0:41 – Random shot of Capital Centre crowd.  Most people look confused.  I can see the old video board in the background that I remember from when I was a kid.  It had the Maple Leaf Gardens “giant clappy hands” thing, a couple different animations for penalties, various sundry ads, a knight that speared rings during the “Charge” bugle, and was near the decibel meter that never went above “100” no matter how loud it got (I remember always wishing it would).  I think it was stuck.  Also, at 0:41, check out Grandma’s awesome Caps sweater.  I bet she crocheted that thing during the Easter Epic.

0:46-0:59 – Druce is still loose, and Kevin Hatcher still looks goofy.  Speaking of Hatcher, I think people get so caught up in hate for the guy (some of it justifiable), that they forget how good dude was.  He dropped 34/45/79 in 92-93, which is ungodly.

1:09 – One of the two things this video always brings to mind (other Druce's mighty fist pump) is the jumping lady with the big red afro and the pom pom (they used to hand out things like pom-poms and clappers at Capital Centre all the time, but my parents would hide the clappers from my sister and me as soon as we got home).  Great stuff.

1:22 – Not only was poor Darren Turcotte abused on this Mike Ridley goal, he’s also the “Sad Ranger” in the background of the Langway Goal.

1:35 – The Langway Goal.  An epic, epic, moment, considering (a) who scored the goal (Langway’s last goal had been assisted by Shadrach and Meshach, and the whole play started with a pretty outlet pass from Abednego), and (b) it was only like 30 seconds into OT.  I always loved how the players rubbed his bald(ing) head.

This is pretty much the end of the montage, but it’s still awesome nonetheless. The Caps would go on to bow out in four games to the Boston Bruins in the Wales Conference Finals (everyone and their mother was hurt, but even if they had somehow beat Boston, there was no way they were beating the dying embers of the Gretzky-Era Oilers).  The Rangers would regroup and, in 1994, win the Stanley Cup. The promising Caps 89-90 team would be gutted by “LimoGate” and wouldn’t make it back to the Conference Finals until 1998. 

I guess you could call it the “Curse of Sad Darren Turcotte”.




By Box Seats blogger  |  September 14, 2010; 4:30 PM ET
Categories:  Capitals , Ryan Cooper  | Tags: Capitals, NHL, Ryan Cooper  
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I think that's the only time Langway could ever be compared to Bobby Orr. That was one of the most amazing goals I have ever seen (given Langway's scoring ability).

FYI that same highlight video (I know it's somewhere at my mom's house) has Tom Petty's 'Running down a dream' in the background of the highlights of the devils series when Dino went off.

Posted by: goskinsgo | September 14, 2010 5:28 PM | Report abuse

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