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Offense From the Defense

by Capitals PR / Washington Capitals

Capitals defensemen combined to earn 19 points (3g, 16a) in 14 games during the 2015 playoffs and ranked third in the NHL in points by defensemen during the regular season (182), trailing Calgary (195) and Nashville (193). In addition, Washington ranked tied for first in the League in even-strength points by defensemen (137) and tied for first in multi-point games by defensemen (37) during the 2014-15 season.

The Capitals lead the NHL in hits (545) and blocked shots (264) this postseason and Brooks Orpik ranks first in the NHL in playoff hits (74). Washington averaged 38.9 hits per game this postseason after averaging 27.3 hits per game during the regular season. Matt Niskanen (143) and Karl Alzner (120) set career highs in hits in 2014-15 and John Carlson (200), Orpik (192), Alzner (165) and Niskanen (106) set career highs in blocked shots.

This season marked the first time since 1996-97 (Sergei Gonchar: 13, Phil Housley: 11) that two Capitals defensemen scored 10 or more goals in a season (Carlson: 12, Green: 10), the first time since 1993-94 (Sylvain Cote: 35, Al Iafrate: 35) that two Capitals defensemen recorded 35 or more assists in a season (Carlson: 43, Green: 35) and the first time since 1995-96 (Sylvain Cote: 38, Sergei Gonchar: 41, Calle Johansson: 35) that three Capitals defensemen earned 30 or more points in a season (Carlson: 55, Green: 45, Niskanen: 31).

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