Series By Numbers

Posted on May 01, 2013 by Mike Vogel

One – Number of the New York Rangers’ 20 playoff games in 2012 in which the Blueshirts scored more than three goals. That happened in the Rangers’ first-round series opener, a 4-2 win over the Ottawa Senators.

 

The Caps also had just one playoff game in 14 in 2012 in which they scored more than three goals.

 

Two – Number of the New York Rangers’ 20 playoff games in 2012 in which the Blueshirts surrendered more than three goals. Those occurrences were in Games 4 and 5 of the Eastern Conference final against New Jersey in 4-1 and 5-3 losses, respectively.

 

The Caps also had just two playoffs games in 14 in 2012 in which they surrendered more than three goals.

 

Three – Number of consecutive seasons in which Washington has faced the Rangers in the Stanley Cup playoffs. The last time the Caps faced the same team in the playoffs three springs in succession was Pittsburgh, 1994-96.

 

Four – The number of players remaining on the Rangers’ roster from Game 1 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinal series between Washington and New York on April 15, 2009. Those players: Dan Girardi, Marc Staal, Ryan Callahan and Henrik Lundqvist.

 

Five – Number of games Washington won when trailing after two periods (5-11-2), tied for the most in the NHL and most among all Eastern Conference playoff clubs.

 

Six – The number of teams that won more games than the Capitals (27) in 2012-13: Chicago, Pittsburgh, Anaheim, Montreal, St. Louis, Boston.

 

Seven – Number of shutouts in the 41 playoff games played previous between the Capitals and the Rangers. Washington has four of those shutouts, New York has three.

 

Eight -- The number of players remaining on the Capitals’ roster from Game 1 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinal series between Washington and New York on April 15, 2009. Those players: Tom Poti, John Erskine, Alex Ovechkin, Eric Fehr, Nicklas Backstrom, Brooks Laich, Mike Green and Jeff Schultz.

 

Nine – Number of games the Caps won when trailing after the first period (9-9-2), most in the NHL.

 

10 – Number of games the Caps won in which they surrendered the game’s first goal, tied for fourth in the NHL and second most among all Eastern Conference playoff teams (Pittsburgh had 11).

 

11 – Number of times the Caps have been shutout in their playoff history.

 

12 – Number of times the Caps have whitewashed the opposition in their playoff history.

 

13 – Number of one-goal games the Caps played in their 14 Stanley Cup playoff games last spring.

 

14 – Number of Game 1 wins the Caps have earned on home ice in their playoff history (14-7).

 

15 – Number of seconds required to score the Caps’ fastest goal at the start of a playoff game in their history. Mike Gartner scored 15 seconds into a 4-3 win over the New York Islanders on April 8, 1987.

 

16 – Number of games the Rangers won (16-0-0) when leading after two periods in 2012-13.

 

17 – Number of points registered by Caps coach Adam Oates during the Caps’ run to the Stanley Cup final in 1998. Only Ovechkin (21 points in 2009) has had more points in a playoff season for the Capitals.

 

18 – Number of games the Rangers won (18-2-1) when they scored the game’s first goal in 2012-13. They were 8-16-3 when they surrendered the game’s first goal.

 

19 – Number of times the Rangers have defeated the Capitals in the 41 postseason games between the two clubs.

 

20 – Number of Stanley Cup playoff wins for Caps associate goalie coach Olie Kolzig, tops in franchise history.

 

21 – Number of games the Caps won (21-7-2) with defenseman John Erskine in the lineup.

 

22 – Number of playoff wins the Caps have authored against the Rangers over the years, their highest total against any opponent.

 

23 – Number of playoff series the Caps have lost, of the 36 they’ve played.

 

24 – Number of playoff appearances the Capitals have made in their 38 seasons in the NHL.

 

25 – Number of career playoff points for Caps center Mike Ribeiro, who is appearing in the postseason for the first time since 2008.

 

26 – Number of career playoff assists for Backstrom, in 50 games.

 

27 – Number of career playoff goals for New York center Brad Richards, most among all current members of the Rangers.


28 – Uniform number of ex-Caps defenseman Gord Lane during his days in Washington. Lane went on to play for four consecutive Stanley Cup championship winning teams with the Islanders after departing the District. 

 

29 – Number of career playoff points for Green, fifth all-time among Washington defensemen.

 

30 – Number of career playoff goals for Alex Ovechkin, tied for Caps’ all-time franchise lead with Peter Bondra. Ovechkin has 30 goals in 51 games while Bondra needed 73 games to score his 30.

 

31 – Number of seconds needed to settle the shortest overtime playoff game in Caps history, a 6-5 win over Montreal on April 17, 2010. Nicklas Backstrom supplied the game-winner, completing his first playoff hat trick in the process.

 

32 – Number of seconds separating the two quickest goals the Caps have scored in their playoff history. Craig Laughlin and Dave Christian scored 32 seconds apart on April 5, 1984 in a 6-2 win over Philadelphia.

 

36 – Number of playoff series the Capitals have played in their history.

 

38 – Number of consecutive playoff starts in goal by Kolzig, who holds the club record in that category.

 

45 – Highest number of shots on goal allowed by the Caps in a regulation playoff game, April 19, 2012 against Boston in a 2-1 Washington win.

 

47 – Number of overtime games the Caps have played in their postseason history. They’re 20-27 in those contests.

 

51 – Number of career playoff games played by Ovechkin and Brooks Laich in a Capitals sweater, tops among all active players. Dale Hunter and Kelly Miller share the franchise record at 100.

 

54 – Number of career playoff points in a Washington sweater for Calle Johansson, tops all-time among Capitals defensemen.

 

62 – Number of saves – a single-game franchise record – made by Kolzig in 3-2 quadruple-overtime loss to Pittsburgh on April 24, 1996.

 

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