PRELUDE TO OVERTIME
PAT LAFONTAINE: (New York Islanders center) The year 1987 was a special one for me. It was the year I got married, and against the Capitals in the playoffs, we had come back from a 3-1 deficit in the series to force a seventh game.
LOU FRANCESCHETTI: (Washington right winger) We had such a good rivalry with the Isles at that point. We could never get away from them in the first round of the playoffs, and in 1986 we finally eliminated them. For me, Game 7 started as just another game, but we had a long history with the Isles, and even though they didn’t have Mike Bossy or Denis Potvin in the lineup that night, we knew we had to be at our best to beat them.
The Capitals were the better team in the first period, outshooting the Islanders 15-5 and leading 1-0 at the inte...
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