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Caps vs. Flyers - By the numbers

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Caps vs. Flyers - By the numbers

Are you a numbers guy? Do you think the stats paint a clearer picture of a game than highlights do? Well, here are some numbers for the Washington Capitals and the Philadelphia Flyers you'll want to check out before the series begins:

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-The Caps are the 1st NHL team that did not lost consecutive games in regulation since the 1976-77 Montreal Canadiens.

-Washington's 12 consecutive home wins from Nov 21, 2015 to Jan. 17, 2016 are the longest streak for the franchise since a 13-game win streak in 2009-10.

-Record in 1-goal games: 27-6-8, tied for the most wins in the NHL.

-The Caps are 32-4-4 in games in which they have scored a power play goal.

-Washington leads the NHL with a +57 goal differential.

-Six players have 20+ goals this season, the most in the NHL.

-Record when scoring first: 34-2-2

-Record when leading after the first period: 21-0-1

-The Caps are the only team unbeaten in regulation when leading after the first period.

-Record after allowing the first goal: 22-16-6. The 22 wins and 50 points both lead the NHL.

-Record when leading after the second period: 37-0-1. They are one of only seven teams that are unbeaten in regulation when leading after the second period. Their last regulation loss when leading after two came on March 5, 2015.

-Since Nov. 21, Washington is 23-5-3 in their last 31 home games outscoring opponents 101 to 70. That is the most home wins in that stretch in the NHL.

-The Caps have been outscored 59-55 in first periods this season, but outscored opponents 87-60 in second periods and 99-66 in third periods.

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FLYERS

-The Flyers were five points out of a playoff spot on Feb. 25 and then went on a 15-5-3 run in their final 23 games to earn a wildcard spot passing Carolina, New Jersey, Ottawa, Boston and Detroit during that time.

-During the run, the Flyers outscored their opponents 68-55 and outshot them 752-651. That’s an average of 2.96 goals and 32.7 shots for per game to 2.39 goals and 28.3 shots against.

-In the last 23 contests, they had 85 power play opportunities while only facing 56 shorthanded situations (+29). In the previous 59 games, they had 195 PPs to 206 TSH (-11).

In the 23-game stretch from Feb. 25to when the Flyers clinched a playoff spot, 20 skaters played in at least one game and all of them picked up at least one point. They received goals from 17 of the 20 skaters during that time. Brayden Schennled the team in scoring during that run (8-13-21) while Wayne Simmonds was one point behind him and led the team in goals (11-9-20).

-Steve Mason took over the Flyers crease for 12 consecutive games when Michal Neuvirth went down with a lower body injury. He played those games over the course of just 22 days from March 19 – April 9, and played the entirety of three sets of back-to-back games. He had a 6-4-2 record during the stretch with a 2.21 GAA and a .926 save percentage.

-Shayne Gostisbehere tallied 17 goals and 29 assists for the season, setting a frachise record for points by a rookie defenseman despite not arriving on the Flyers roster until Nov. 14.

-Gostisbehere had a 15-game scoring streak fromJan. 19 – Feb. 20, establishing Flyers and NHL records for longest scoring streaks by a rookie defenseman. He became the youngest Flyer ever to win the Barry Ashbee Trophy as the Flyers’ best defenseman.

-The Flyers had to play games without Sean Couturier this season for the first time in two years. The Flyers were 5-9-4 in the games Couturier missed and were 36-18-3 when he took the ice.

-Like the Caps, the Flyers were outscored 62-50 in the first period, but outscored opponents 74-72 in second and 77-70 in the third.

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Team USA reclaims women's hockey gold from Canada in instant Olympic classic

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Team USA reclaims women's hockey gold from Canada in instant Olympic classic

GANGNEUNG, South Korea  -- The Americans' gold medal drought in women's hockey -- finally -- is over.

Even though they needed the first shootout in an Olympic women's final to do it.

Twenty long years after taking gold when the sport debuted in 1998 at Nagano, the United States snapped Canada's streak of four straight Olympic golds Thursday with a 3-2 shootout victory.

Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson scored in the sixth round of the shootout to start the Americans piling over the boards, throwing gloves in the air before huddling and hugging on the ice.

Gigi Marvin and Amanda Kessel also scored in the shootout. Monique Lamoureux-Morando tied it up with a breakaway with 6:21 left in regulation.

Hilary Knight also had a goal.

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Maddie Rooney made 29 saves for the win against their archrival. The 20-year-old goalie stopped the last two Canadian shooters in the shootout in Brianne Jenner and then Meghan Agosta on her second attempt.

It was sweet redemption for the 10 Americans who watched the Canadians snatch gold from their hands in 2014 at Sochi after tying it up with 54.6 seconds left in regulation and winning 3-2 in overtime.

Not only did the Americans snap the Canadians' stranglehold on Olympic gold, they ended a skid of five straight against their rival coming into this game, including a 2-1 loss to wrap up pool play a week ago.

Marie-Philip Poulin and Haley Irwin each scored goals for Canada. Agosta and Melodie Daoust scored in the shootout.

The Americans had been dominating in non-Olympic years, winning the last four and eight of the last 10 world championships, including a 3-2 overtime victory over Canada last spring.

Their domination on the world stage only made the lack of gold at the Olympics all the more noticeable, and Canada has been in their way since losing the inaugural gold in Nagano. Canada had won 24 straight Olympic games to go along with four consecutive gold medals. It's a streak of success in a women's team sport second only to the United States' basketball team's current streak of six straight gold.

This was the eighth time these North American rivals met in the Olympics and the fifth with gold on the line. None of the previous seven were decided by more than two goals.

U.S. coach Robb Stauber went with the 20-year-old Rooney in net for the biggest game of her career, but she was the goalie for each of the three games the Americans beat Canada last fall during their pre-Olympic exhibition tour, including Four Nations Cup title in November.

Canada had Shannon Szabados, 31, in goal for her third Olympic gold medal game, and her teammates made her job very easy by keeping the puck in front of Rooney for most of the first period by dictating play. The Americans couldn't use their speed or get organized even with two power plays until Sarah Nurse went in the box for interference late in the period.

Knight gave the U.S. a 1-0 lead with 25.4 seconds left in the first, redirecting a shot from Sidney Morin through Szabados' pads giving the Americans a jolt of energy.

That lasted only 2 minutes into the second when Irwin tipped a pass from Blayre Turnbull over Rooney's left leg for Canada. When Morin lost the puck, Melodie Daoust grabbed it and passed to Meghan Agosta who hit Poulin for the wrister into the left side of the net at 6:55 for a 2-1 lead.

 

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Capitals Faceoff Podcast: The Caps add two defensemen, problem solved?

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Capitals Faceoff Podcast: The Caps add two defensemen, problem solved?

The Capitals got their trade deadline started early by trading for defensemen Michal Kempny and Jakub Jerabek. Washington has been struggling of late, but do their new acquisitions address the team's weaknesses?

JJ Regan and Tarik El-Bashir evaluate the two trades and talk about where they could fit into the lineup.

You can listen to the latest episode here on the Capitals Faceoff page or with the player below.

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