LAS VEGAS — The Caps have been historically good on the road in these playoffs.
So good, in fact, they can match the NHL’s all-time record for road wins in a single postseason Thursday night with a victory over the Vegas Golden Knights in Game 5. (A win, of course, would also give Washington its first Stanley Cup.)
Alex Ovechkin and Co. are currently 9-3 away from home this spring.
If they get road win No. 10, here are the teams they’ll join, per NBC’s NHL research team:
- 2012 Kings. They went 10-1, won the Cup.
- 2004 Flames. They went 10-4, lost in Game 7 to Tampa Bay.
- 2000 Devils. They went 10-2, won the Cup.
- 1995 Devils. They went 10-1, won the Cup.
The Capitals’ success away from F Street has been a storyline throughout the postseason, even though players and Coach Barry Trotz alike have been at a loss to explain exactly why it’s been happening.
Their explanations have ranged from the group adopting an ‘us-against-the-world’ mentality to the team’s tendency to play a more simplified brand of hockey on the road.
Whatever the reason, it’s been working and it’s got the Caps on the verge something truly special.
One more number to consider ahead of Game 5: Washington has ended all three of the previous series this spring on the road.
Can the Caps do to the Golden Knights what they've already done to the Blue Jackets, Penguins and Lightning?
“They’re great in their building,” Coach Barry Trotz said of Vegas after Game 4. “We’re not scared of their building. We’ve proved it: we’re very good on the road.”
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