Caps Take Series Lead
The home team continued to dominate the First Round playoff series between the Washington Capitals (3-2) and the Carolina Hurricanes, as the Caps bounced back from consecutive away defeats with a 6-0 drubbing of the ‘Canes at Capital One Arena on Saturday. Nicklas Backstrom (5 goals, 8 points this postseason) found the back of the net twice, with Brett Connolly (1 goal, 1 point), Tom Wilson (2 goals, 4 points), Nic Dowd (1 goal, 1 point) and Alex Ovechkin (3 goals, 7 points) also on the scoreboard.
Goalie Braden Holtby stopped 30 shots for his seventh playoff shutout, thus passing Olie Kolzig for most in Capitals history. He is 48-39 with a 2.06 GAA and a .929 save percentage in his postseason career, 3-2 with a 2.40 GAA and a .923 save percentage for the ongoing playoffs, and 16-6-0 against Carolina historically with a 1.98 GAA and a .937 save percentage. The Capitals, meanwhile, are 6th in most goals scored per game during the current postseason (3.00), 5th in least goals allowed on average (2.40) and 3rd in both power play (31.6%) and penalty kill (85.0%).
‘Canes Lose In D.C. Again
The Carolina Hurricanes (2-3) continued to find no luck in the nation’s capital during the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs, dropping Game 5 of their First Round matchup against the Washington Capitals with a count of 6-0 at Capital One Arena on Saturday. The ‘Canes outshot the reigning champions 30-28, but went just 1-for-4 on the penalty kill and failed on five power-play chances, managing to deliver just four shots on goal in three consecutive situations with the man-advantage in the second period.
Goalie Petr Mrazek made 22 saves and has now gone 6-9 in his postseason career with a 2.25 GAA and a .915 save percentage. He is 2-3 for the current playoffs with a 2.81 GAA and a .890 save percentage and has recorded a 3-5-2 previous tally against Washington with a 2.52 GAA and a .917 save percentage. The Hurricanes, meanwhile, are netting the 5th lowest quantity of snipes this postseason (2.40), while giving up the 6th highest amount on the defensive end (3.00). They are 3rd from the bottom in both power play (15.0%) and penalty kill (68.4%).
- Hurricanes are 1-5 in their last 6 vs. a team with a winning record.
- Hurricanes are 2-5 in their last 7 after scoring 2 goals or less in their previous game.
- Capitals are 7-2 in their last 9 Conference Quarterfinals games.
- Capitals are 5-2 in their last 7 meetings with Hurricanes in Carolina.