Photo: Rob Carr
The Caps are still alive. The team in red defeated the Penguins 3-1 on Saturday night to force a Game Six in Pittsburgh Tuesday night.
The Caps by no means dominated this game, but they played well enough to win and got some timely goals and saves. Peter wrote a great recap of the game that you should read, but below we’ll take a look at the numbers from the victory.
The Penguins had a 31-19 edge in shots on goal, but the shot attempts and scoring chances at 5-on-5 show that this was a much more even game than the shots on goal indicate.
The Pens had the edge in 5-on-5 shot attempts, 50-44. But the Caps led for much of the game, so after adjusting for score the Pens had a shot attempts advantage of just 48-46.
The scoring chances look even more favorably on the Caps. According to War on Ice, the Caps out-chanced the Penguins 25-24 at 5-on-5. Also noteworthy is the Caps 13-6 advantage in high-danger scoring chances.
Some other tidbits:
So, the Caps live to fight another day. They turned in a solid effort and were finally able to solve Matt Murray. Braden Holtby played a very good game and the Pens weren’t fortunate enough to score off their backs. The Caps and Pens faceoff for Game Six Tuesday in Pittsburgh.
All stats from Hockey Stats and War on Ice
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