‘Canes Force Game 7
The Carolina Hurricanes (3-3) kept their hopes of qualifying for the Second Round of the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs alive after beating the Washington Capitals 5-2 in Game 6 of their Conference Quarterfinals matchup at PNC Arena on Monday. Warren Foegele (4 goals, 6 points this postseason), Teuvo Teravainen (2 goals, 3 points), Jordan Staal (2 goals, 5 points), Justin Williams (1 goal, 3 points) and Dougie Hamilton (3 goals, 6 points) all lit the lamp for the ‘Canes, who have now won three of their last four contests.
Goalie Petr Mrazek turned away 23 shots to take his overall playoff tally to 7-9 with a 2.24 GAA and a .915 save percentage. He is 3-3 for the ongoing postseason with a 2.67 GAA and a .895 save percentage and has recorded a 3-5-2 previous tally against the Caps with a 2.52 GAA and a .917 save percentage. The Hurricanes, meanwhile, are tied-8th with Washington in both most goals scored per game during the current playoffs (2.83) and most allowed on average (2.83), 3rd from the bottom in power play (12.5%) and 3rd worst in penalty kill (71.4%).
Caps Fail To Capitalize
Needing just a single victory to progress to the next round of the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs, the Washington Capitals (3-3) failed to win Game 6 of their First Round matchup against the Carolina Hurricanes, dropping a 5-2 decision at PNC Arena on Monday. Brett Connolly (2 goals, 2 points this postseason) and Alex Ovechkin (4 goals, 8 points) both scored, with the latter also tying the game at 3-3 midway through the final third before the goal was disallowed due to goaltender interference.
Goalie Braden Holtby made 31 saves and has now gone 48-40 in his playoff career with a 2.08 GAA and a .928 save percentage. He is 3-3 for the current postseason with a 2.68 GAA and a .916 save percentage and has posted a 16-6-0 past total against the ‘Canes with a 1.98 GAA and a .937 save percentage. The Capitals, meanwhile, are tied-8th with Carolina in most goals netted per game (2.83) and most conceded on average (28.3%), 3rd in power play (28.6%) and 3rd in penalty kill as well (87.5%).
- Capitals are 6-0 in their last 6 playoff games as a favorite.
- Capitals are 7-3 in their last 10 vs. a team with a winning record.
- Hurricanes are 0-5 in their last 5 meetings with Capitals in Washington.
- Hurricanes are 1-5 in their last 6 vs. a team with a winning record.