On Sunday the Capitals successfully closed out a difficult weekend, beating the LA Kings 5-0 on home ice. They also honored Alex Ovechkin for reaching the thousand point plateau, and TJ Oshie detonated a water bottle. The Caps were as efficient as a surgeon’s scalpel, pouncing on their opportunities and blowing out the Kings despite being dominated in many statistics.
The game was a textbook example of what is known as “score effects.” At the time of the Caps’ third goal, five-on-five shot attempts were neck-and-neck at 18 to 16 in favor of the Kings. By the end of the match the Kings were miles ahead, 65 to 31 — or 32 percent possession for the Caps. That makes this the single worst possession game the Caps have had all year long, although it’s more than excusable given the result.