BY RICH GOLDBERG, CSNmidatlantic.com
Saving the day: Braden Holtby set a Capitals single-series playoff record with a .968 save percentage. Holtby shutout the Flyers twice this series including 1-0 in the decisive Game 6. Only four times in playoff history have the Capitals won by a score of 1 to 0. Holtby started 3 of those games.
Saint Nick: Last season, Nicklas Backstrom managed 8 points in 14 playoff games. This postseason, Backstrom leads the team with 7 points in 6 games. The 7 points are the most Backstrom’s recorded in a single postseason series since 2010 against Montreal.
Johnny Rocket: John Carlson became the first NHL defenseman to score 3 power play goals in 3 consecutive playoff games in 1 year since Bill Houlder in 1999. Carlson also tied a Capitals playoff record for the longest PP goal streak in a single postseason, joining John Druce (1990), Dmitri Khristich (1992) and Al Iafrate (1993).
Powers that be: The Capitals outscored the Flyers 8 to 1 on the power play. Washington set a single-game playoff team record with 5 power play goals in Game 3. The Flyers scored their only man advantage goal in Game 4, as the Caps went 23 for 24 on the penalty kill.
Third’s a charm: The Capitals scored 7 third-period goals this series. The Flyers scored one and it was an empty net goal. Braden Holtby did not allow a 3rd period goal and saved 39 of 39 shots.