Caps Fail In Game 3 In Raleigh
The home team continued winning in the First Round playoff series between the Washington Capitals (2-1) and the Carolina Hurricanes, as the ‘Canes nabbed a 5-0 result against the Caps in Game 3 at PNC Arena on Monday. After picking up 4-2 and 4-3 (overtime) victories in Games 1 and 2 in D.C. respectively, Washington failed to light up the fire in Raleigh, eventually being outshot 45-18, going just 3-for-5 on penalty kill and failing on all four power-play opportunities.
Goalie Braden Holtby turned away 40 shots and has now gone 47-38 in his postseason career with a 2.09 GAA and a .928 save percentage. He is 2-1 during the current playoffs with a 3.30 GAA and a .902 save percentage and has recorded a 16-6-0 career total against the Hurricanes with a 1.98 GAA and a .937 save percentage. The Capitals, meanwhile, are 6th in least goals scored per game during the ongoing postseason (2.67), 4th in most goals given up on average (3.33) and 10th in both power play (16.7%) and penalty kill (76.9%).
‘Canes Blank The Champions
After losing both away fixtures against the Washington Capitals on their return to the Stanley Cup Playoffs following a nine-year hiatus in the competition, the Carolina Hurricanes (1-2) got themselves back in the game after winning Game 3 with a count of 5-0 at PNC Arena on Monday. Warren Foegele (2 goals, 4 points this postseason) and Dougie Hamilton (2 goals, 4 points) both lit the lamp twice, with Brock McGinn (1 goal, 2 points) also on the scoreboard.
Goalie Petr Mrazek made 18 saves for his fourth shutout in 14 playoff outings. He is 5-8 in his postseason career with a 2.06 GAA and a .921 save percentage, and has picked up a 3-5-2 past tally against Washington with a 2.52 GAA and a .917 save percentage. The Hurricanes, meanwhile, are scoring the 4th highest number of goals per game during the ongoing playoffs (3.33), while allowing the 6th lowest amount defensively (2.67). They are 7th in power play (23.1%) and 6th in penalty kill (83.3%).
- Hurricanes are 1-5 in their last 6 meetings with Capitals in Carolina.
- Hurricanes are 2-5 in their last 7 vs. a team with a winning record.
- Capitals are 10-1 in their last 11 Thursday games.
- Capitals are 8-1 in their last 9 after allowing 5 goals or more in their previous game.