BY RICH GOLDBERG (@GoldyStats)
5 stats to explain why the Capitals lost Game 6 to the Penguins:
Paying the Penalty: Between April 2 and May 7, the Capitals allowed 2 power play goals in 16 games. Thanks in part to Brooks Orpik’s double minor penalty, the Capitals gave up 2 power play goals in a span of 33 seconds. The second of those goals gave Pittsburgh a 3-0 lead.
Tough Assignment: The Capitals won just once this season when trailing by 3 goals. The Capitals then became the 3rd road team in the last 29 seasons to rally from a 3-goal deficit in an elimination game. But capping a 3-goal comeback is no easy feat. The Penguins improved to 45-0-0 when leading after the 2nd period this season.
Triple play: Fittingly, the overtime goal was scored was Nick Bonino and assisted by Carl Hagelin and Phil Kessel. The three players led the Penguins in points this series and accounted for all 4 of their Game 6 goals.
Phil-ing in: Braden Holtby reacted late to a Kessel 1st period shot, and the Capitals trailed 1-0 less than 6 minutes into the game. The Capitals finished 1-5 this postseason when allowing the first goal and scored 0 first period goals 7 times this postseason.
Alz or nothing: Karl Alzner’s injury forced the Capitals to play with 5 defensemen. John Carlson logged his most minutes in any game since 2013 while Matt Niskanen played over 30 minutes for the 3rd time in his career.