BY RICH GOLDBERG, CSNmidatlantic.com
Here are 5 stats to know following the Game 4 loss to the Flyers:
First is the worst: Here are the Capitals first period shots by game this series: 8, 5, 7 and 10. In total, the Capitals have been outshot 53-30 in the first period while penalized nine times. The last of those nine penalties resulted in a Flyers power play goal, their first of the series.
Power outage: It was bound to happen. For the first time this series, the Capitals did not score a power play goal. Washington went 0 for 2, but are still averaging over 42 percent on the man advantage against the Flyers.
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Rare circumstance: When the Capitals allow two goals or fewer this season, a regulation loss is as rare as a Mariano Rivera blown save. But the stars aligned against Washington in Game 4. It was only the Capitals 3rd regulation loss in 53 games this season when surrendering two goals or less, dropping Washington’s record to 48-3-2.
Help Holtby!: Braden Holtby has allowed one goal or less in each of his last 13 playoff wins. Subsequently, the Capitals have lost 13 straight playoff games when Holtby gives up at least two goals. Wednesday was the first of four games Holtby surrendered 2 goals. It was the first game the Caps lost this series.
0 for Oshie: Call it unusual, call it random. But it is fact. T.J. Oshie has never won a playoff game when he scores a goal. His teams are 0-5, and that odd trend continued Wednesday when Oshie scored a goal in the 3rd period. You know the result.