Series Wrap – Capitals v Flyers

The Washington Capitals have beaten the Philadelphia Flyers four games to two in their Round 1 Stanley Cup Playoffs series.

Series Summary

Game 1 – Capitals 2 Flyers 0
Game 2 – Capitals 4 Flyers 1
Game 3 – Flyers 1 Capitals 6
Game 4 – Flyers 2 Capitals 1
Game 5 – Capitals 0 Flyers 2
Game 6 – Flyers 0 Capitals 1

Points Scorers

7 (2 G, 5 A) – Nicklas Backstrom
6 (3 G, 3 A) – John Carlson
6 (1 G, 5 A) – Marcus Johansson
5 (3 G, 2 A) – Alex Ovechkin
4 (1 G, 3 A) – T.J. Oshie
2 (2 G, 0 A) – Jay Beagle
2 (0 G, 2 A) – Justin Williams
2 (0 G, 2 A) – Karl Alzner
2 (0 G, 2 A) – Matt Niskanen
1 (1 G, 0 A) – Jason Chimera
1 (1 G, 0 A) – Evgeny Kuznetsov
1 (0 G, 1 A) – Nate Schmidt
1 (0 G, 1 A) – Dmitry Orlov
1 (0 G, 1 A) – Braden Holtby

Stats That Matter

• The Capitals were far more dominant on the power-play, scoring eight times from 27 opportunities with the man advantage. They were particularly hot early in the series, which proved crucial in setting up the three game lead.
• The Capitals penalty kill was also dominant throughout the series, effectively shutting down 23 of 24 power-plays the Flyers had.
• Braden Holtby was nothing short of brilliant, saving 149 of the 154 shots (97%) which came his way. Michal Neuvirth was also impressive, stepping in for the Flyers after Game 3. He saved 103 of the 105 (98%) shots fired his way.
• Throughout the six games, the Caps out-shot the Flyers 186-155, with most of this differential coming in Game 5 where the Caps held a 44-11 shot advantage (despite losing).

What Awaits

The Capitals now face the Pittsburgh Penguins in Round 2, who easily took care of the New York Rangers, four games to one. Sidney Crosby (3 goals, 5 assists), Evgeni Malkin (2 goals, 5 assists) and Phil Kessel (3 goals, 3 assists) were the stars of the Pens impressive five game set.