News and notes following the Capitals’ series-clinching 1-0 victory over the Flyers on Sunday at the Wells Fargo Center:
Holt-beast: Caps goalie Braden Holtby stopped all 26 shots he faced to earn his 20th career playoff win, tying Olie Kolzig for first place on the Capitals playoff wins list.
Holtby ranks first among active NHL goaltenders (minimum 20 games played) in career playoff goals-against average and save percentage. He’s posted two shutouts, a 0.84 goals-against average and a .968 save percentage this postseason. In addition, Holtby ranks first in NHL playoff history (minimum 25 games played) in career save percentage (.940) and third in career goals-against average (1.76), trailing Lorne Chabot (1.54) and Dave Kerr (1.74).
Today marks Holtby’s second shutout of the series, becoming the third Capitals goaltender in franchise history to record two shutouts in a single series (Semyon Varlamov, 2009 Eastern Conference quarterfinals vs. NY Rangers; Olie Kolzig, 1998 Eastern Conference semifinals vs. Ottawa).
Holtby now has four shutouts in his postseason career, ranking second in franchise history (Kolzig: 6). Holtby has allowed no more than one goal in 17 of his 20 career playoff wins, including each of his last 14 wins dating back to Game 6 of the 2012 Eastern Conference semifinals against the Rangers.
Tricky Nicky: Nicklas Backstrom scored his second goal of the series today, marking his team-high seventh point of the postseason (2 goals, 5 assists). Backstrom’s goal is his 20th career playoff goal, becoming the fifth Capitals player in franchise history to score 20 postseason goals.
MoJo Rising: Marcus Johansson earned an assist, marking his sixth point of the postseason (1 goals, 5 assists) and the most points he has tallied in a single series in his playoff career.
Ovi also a beast: Both Barry Trotz and Dave Hakstol spoke highly of Alex Ovechkin and the physical impact he had on the series. Ovechkin led all players with 28 hits and 29 shots. Trotz called him a “beast.” He finished with three goals and two assists in the series and now has 75 points (39 goals, 36 assists) in 78 career playoff games, ranking first in franchise history in postseason points and goals.
Shut down: The Caps allowed six goals in this series, marking the fewest goals allowed in a best-of-seven series in franchise history (previous: 1998 Eastern Conference semifinals vs. Ottawa, 7).
Killer PK: Trotz said the Capitals' penalty kill was the "difference maker" in the series. The Caps went 3-for-3 on the penalty kill in Game 6 and finished the series 23 of 24 (95.8 percent). In addition, the Capitals scored eight power-play goals in the series, marking the most power-play goals in a single series since the 2008 Eastern Conference quarterfinals vs. Philadelphia.