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Five stats that tell the story of the Caps’ Game 3 win over Flyers

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Five stats that tell the story of the Caps’ Game 3 win over Flyers

BY RICH GOLDBERG, CSN RESEARCHER
@goldystats

Here are 5 stats that tell the story of the Capitals' Game 3 win over the Flyers:

Road rout: The Capitals 6-1 win tied a playoff team record for the largest margin of victory (5) in a road playoff game. It happened 3 other times, the last occurring at Pittsburgh in 1992. The 6 goals were the most by the Caps in any playoff game since 2010.

Power to the Caps: Washington set a playoff team record with 5 power play goals. It’s the first time any team scored 5 PP goals in a road postseason game since the Minnesota North Stars scored 5 power play goals against Chicago in 1991.

Brooms on ice: Washington leads 3-0 in a best-of-7 series for the first time in franchise history. Entering the 2016 postseason, the Capitals had played 35 best-of-7 series and never led 3-0, going 0-7 in Game 3s when holding a 2 games to none advantage. Teams with a 3-0 lead have an all-time series record of 179-4 (97.8%).

Gr-8 point: Alex Ovechkin set a Capitals playoff record with 74 career points, passing Dale Hunter (72). Ovechkin scored 2 goals and 1 assist for his fifth playoff multi-goal game and first since 2010. 

Johnny B Good: John Carlson is the first Capitals defensemen to score a power play goal in 3 consecutive playoff games since Al Iafrate in 1993. Carlson’s 3 goals are a career-high for a single postseason. 

MORE CAPITALS: Have the Caps sucked all the life out of the Flyers?

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Capitals Extra Podcast: Trade deadline story time with Alan May

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Capitals Extra Podcast: Trade deadline story time with Alan May

Alan May knows a thing or two about the trade deadline.

Over the course of his NHL career, May was traded five total times, four at the trade deadline. He sits down with Rob Carlin on a special edition of the Capitals Extra Podcast to tell stories from his playing days about what it was like getting traded.

This one's a can't miss for hockey fans. You can listen to the episode here on the Capitals Extra page or with the player below.

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NHL Awards tracker: Where would the Caps' offense be without Ovechkin?

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NHL Awards tracker: Where would the Caps' offense be without Ovechkin?

The Hart Trophy is given to the player judged to be the most valuable to their team. With the Caps currently struggling in almost every aspect of the game, consider this: Just where would they be without Alex Ovechkin?

Washington ranks 10th in the NHL in goals per game with 3.05. Ovechkin leads the NHL in goals with 36. He has scored an incredible 19-percent of his team's goals. No one on the Caps is within 20 goals of the Caps' captain.

That's not a typo. Evgeny Kuznetsov ranks second on the team with 16 goals. No other team in the league has a larger separation between its top two scorers. In fact, only three teams have a difference that's in the double digits: Vancouver (11), San Jose (10) and New Jersey (10).

Ovechkin is almost singlehandedly propping up Washington as a top-ten offense. If you think about just where this offense would be without him, there's a pretty strong case to be made that Ovechkin is as valuable to his team this season as any other player in the league.

SEE THIS WEEK'S 2018 NHL AWARDS TRACKER HERE

Here are the Caps' hopefuls for awards this season:

John Carlson

In contention for: Norris

Carlson is fifth among all defensemen with 45 points, but his case goes beyond the numbers. With a blue line that has featured two rookies the majority of the season, an aging veteran in Brooks Orpik and that had to deal with an injury to Matt Niskanen, the Caps have asked a lot of Carlson this season and he has always been up to the task.

Alex Ovechkin

In contention for: Hart

Few players, if any, are as important to their team's offensive production and therefore its success than Ovechkin has been this season.

Check out who the top candidates are for the league's major individual awards in this week's 2018 NHL Awards Tracker!