News, notes and a lot of numbers as the Capitals reflect on another second-round playoff exit following Tuesday night’s 4-3 overtime loss to the Penguins:
Entitled to nothing: The Caps became the 13th Presidents’ Trophy winner since 1985-86 to lose in the first or second round of the playoffs. The breakdown: Stanley Cup champions: 8; lost Cup Final: 3; lost Conference Final: 6; lost Conference Semifinal: 7; lost First Round: 6
Of the 26 times the Caps have been to the playoffs, they have made it past the second round just twice (1990, 1998).
Close, but no ..: The Capitals were the third team in the last 29 years to erase a three-goal deficit on the road in an elimination game, joining the 2010 Flyers, who came back to beat the Bruins in Game 7 the first round, and the 1991 Oilers, who rallied to beat the Calgary Flames in Game 7 of the first round.
Strong finishers: The Caps outscored their opponents 13-3 in third periods in the post-season and had an NHL-best plus-10 goal differential in the final period.
Trending: The Caps were 1-5 in the playoffs when their opponent scored first; 2-5 when failing to score in the first period; and 0-5 when trailing after two periods. They were outscored by the Penguins 16-15.
0 for Ovi: Among all players in NHL history Alex Ovechkin has scored the second-most regular season goals (525) without ever getting to the conference finals. Marcel Dionne (731 goals) heads that dubious list. Ovechkin (41goals, 41assists) is the 11th active NHL player to record at least 40 goals and 40 assists in the postseason. In addition, Ovechkin is the sixth player in franchise history to earn at least 40 assists in the playoffs (Dale Hunter, Scott Stevens, Calle Johansson, Mike Ridley, Nicklas Backstrom). Ovechkin ranks first in franchise playoff history in points (82), goals (41) and shots (398), tied for first in game-winning goals (6) and power-play goals (13), fifth in games played (84) and tied for fifth in assists (41).
Worth the investment: T.J. Oshie, who was acquired last summer from the St. Louis Blues for Troy Brouwer, was the Caps’ leading goal scorer in the post-season with six goals in 12 games. Before coming to Washington Oshie had five goals in his previous 30 postseason games with the Blues.
I Carly: Defenseman John Carlson tied the Capitals’ single-season playoff record for points by a defenseman with 12. Kevin Hatcher and Scott Stevens (1988) also share the record.
Mr. Elimination: With his third-period goal, right wing Justin Williams now has 14 goals in 19 career elimination games. His teams are 13-6 in those games. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Williams’ average of 0.74 goals per game in elimination games is the third-best in NHL history among players who have faced elimination at least ten times, trailing Hall of Famers Maurice Richards (15 goals in 17 games, 0.88 per game) and Pavel Bure (12 goals in 15 games, 0.80 per game). Williams has recorded 84 points (33g, 51a) in 127 career playoff games.
St. Nick: With 20 goals and 42 assists, Nicklas Backstrom passed Mike Ridley (60) for third place on the franchise playoff points list. Backstrom recorded 11 points (2 goals, 9 assists) in 12 games this postseason.
Power surge: The Caps scored 13 power-play goals in 12 playoff games, ranking first in the NHL in power-play goals and fifth in power-play percentage (26 percent). Their 13 power-play goals mark their most since the 1998 playoffs when they netted 14.
Enemy lines: The Penguins improved to 45-0-0 (regular season and playoffs) when leading after two periods.
Bonino line: Pittsburgh’s third line of Carl Hagelin, Nick Bonino and Phil Kessel was their most productive with seven goals and 11 assists.
Three Rivers jinx: The Penguins are now 8-1 in nine playoff matchups against the Capitals. The Caps’ .111 win percentage is the lowest of any NHL team with a minimum of eight head-to-head playoff series.