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FIVE THINGS: Capitals vs. Flyers

by Staff Writer / Philadelphia Flyers
The Flyers are down in a series by an 0-3 deficit for the ninth time in franchise history, going 1-7 in previous eight series… They are one of four teams in NHL history to have come back from an 0-3 deficit to win a series, doing it in 2010 against the Bruins… When down 0-3, the Flyers own a 2-6 record in Game 4s… The Capitals have never been up 3 games to 0, or swept a best-of-seven series, in franchise history… The Caps have only won four straight games in a playoff series once before in their history, the 1990 Patrick Division Finals against the Rangers.
When playing Games 3 and 4 on home ice, the Flyers have not lost both of those games since the 1989 Wales Conference Finals against the Montreal Canadiens… The Flyers had 16 of their 18 skaters record at least one shot in Game 3… Brandon Manning leads the Flyers defense in shots on goal (9) through the first three games of the series, including four shots on goal in each of the last two games… Nick Schultz leads the Flyers and is tied for the lead among all Eastern Conference players with 10 blocked shots in the playoffs… Shayne Gostisbehere leads the team in average ice-time through three games at nearly 21 minutes (20:50).
Braden Holtby has stopped 91 of 93 shots in the series - he has allowed no more than one goal in 16 of his 19 career playoff wins, including each of his last 13 wins… Alex Ovechkin has 10 goals in his last nine games dating back to the regular season - he averages nearly a point per-game in the playoffs with 74 points (39g-35a) in 75 playoff games… Nicklas Backstrom’s five assists is tied for the NHL lead in the playoffs thus far…  The teams have been tied after the first period in two of the three games, but the Caps have led after the second period in all three games… The Caps have operated at nearly 50 percent in the playoffs on the power play, going 8-for-17.
Giroux has never gone four straight playoff games without recording a point in his career… He has six shots through the first three games of the series and leads all Flyers forwards in average time-on-ice at 20:04… Giroux has recorded six goals and nine points in his last eight Game 4s in the Stanley Cup Playoffs… He continues to average over a point per-game in the playoffs with 61 points (23g-38a) in 60 games, which ranks ninth all time in Flyers history. The 26-year-old leads all defensemen in scoring in the playoffs with six points (3g-3a) in three games… He has goals in all three games of the series and multi-points in the last two games, including three points (1g-2a) in Game 3… Five of his six total points have come on the power play… Dating back to the regular season, Carlson now has points in six straight games, recording nearly two points per-game with 11 points (4g-7a) in that six-game span.

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