BY RICH GOLDBERG
Washington finished the regular season with 56 wins, a single-season team record and the most of any NHL team since the 2005-06 Red Wings. Certain Capitals numbers foretold a guaranteed point (or two), and so, here are 5 stats that meant perfection in regulation.
15-0-2: The Capitals became the first team not to lose consecutive games in regulation since the 1976-77 Montreal Canadiens. Montreal accomplished that feat in an 80-game season (82 games for Washington) and the Canadiens won the Stanley Cup. Washington is 15-0-2 following regulation losses this season and has outscored opponents 60-31 in those games.
21-0-1: The Capitals ended the regular season as the only team unbeaten in regulation this season when leading after the first period, going 21-0-1. Washington nearly became the first team since the 2002-03 Minnesota Wild to go undefeated when ahead after 1 period. But Washington lost to the Islanders in overtime last week.
37-0-1: The Capitals were one of seven teams unbeaten in regulation when leading after two periods, going 37-0-1. The 37 wins tied for 2nd most in the NHL and the most by any Caps team since the shootout began in 2005-06.
18-0-1: Tom Wilson ranks third in the NHL with 163 penalty minutes this season. But when Wilson's name appears on the score sheet, a Capitals victory is not too far behind. Washington is 18-0-1 this season when Wilson records at least one point. The last time Washington lost when Wilson scored a point; February 22, 2015 in a game against coincidentally, the Flyers.
17-0-1: Alex Ovechkin led the NHL in goals (50), power play goals (19), shots (398). Ovechkin's 18 multi-point games were his third fewest in 11 NHL seasons. But in those 18 games the Capitals would not lose in regulation going 17-0-1. It's the first of 11 seasons the Capitals did not lose a single regulation game when Ovechkin recorded at least 2 points.