That’s the stuff right there.
I was 13-years-old on June 4th, 1998, when Joe Juneau scored the biggest goal in Washington Capitals history, pushing a rebound past Buffalo Sabres goaltender (and future hall of famer) Dominik Hasek 6:24 into overtime. The 3-2 OT victory sent the Capitals to the Stanley Cup Finals for the first time and my father to the Home Depot to buy a bottle of wood glue for the bed post I destroyed celebrating said goal. Oak should be stronger, really.
“Everybody wants to be a hero in a game like this,” Juneau told reporters that night. “I really believed our line was going to end up scoring the winning goal.”
Fourteen years later, Juneau was asked by the Capitals, in their latest Alumni Spotlight, to revisit that moment.
…The whole experience that year was very, very positive and scoring a couple big overtime goals, including the one in overtime that allowed us as a team to move on into the finals, was really, I look at it today as doing my part to contribute to the team’s success. You score a goal and there are a lot of other people who made that goal happen. All my life I was a playmaker, setting up goals for others, that was the way that I played. I was way more of a playmaker than a finisher and it’s funny that one of the biggest goals in Caps’ history was one I got and not set up. When I talk about that goal I always talk about the work that Brian Bellows did. Adam Oates and I had exchanged the puck in the neutral zone and coming in the zone, driving the net. It was Brian Bellows that did everything, crashing the net. I just followed for rebounds like we’ve been taught since we were very, very young and the puck was there. I give a lot of credit to Brian Bellows for that goal.