Hey everyone, they did it: the Caps beat the Flyers.
Some national pundits may tell you that this series was close. While the 5-on-5 play was more even than the series score made it seem after three games, this series really wasn’t very close.
The Flyers needed a Caps own goal and three games of heroic goaltending to force this series to six games. The Caps were the better team, and rightfully they move on to the next round.
The Caps, of course, got great play from Braden Holtby in net. They also completely dominated the special teams battle. These were major factors in the series victory. But the 5-on-5 play has some good nuggets in it too. Below, we’ll take a look at some of the 5-on-5 numbers from the series.
Here’s a snapshot of the 5-on-5 play for all six games, which was a 216-minute sample.
|Team||Goals||Shots on Goal||Shot Attempts||Scoring Chances||High-Danger Scoring Chances|
This was a beatdown.
The Caps rode their special teams to victories in the first three games, games in which the Flyers put up a good fight at 5-on-5. After that, the Caps simply imposed their will on the Flyers.
Sure, Game Five had a big effect on these numbers, but the Caps were the more stronger 5-on-5 team going into this series, and they proved it on the ice.
Some other 5-on-5 tidbits:
Here’s the head-to-head matchup chart from Muneeb:
Bring on the Pens.
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