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FIVE THINGS: Capitals vs. Flyers

by Staff Writer / Philadelphia Flyers
The Flyers have won two straight elimination games to cut Washington’s deficit to 3-2 in the series and bring Game 6 back to Philadelphia… They are looking to become just the 10th team in Stanley Cup Playoffs history to be down 3-0 and force a Game 7… The Caps are 1-8 in their last nine games in which they can eliminate an opponent, including losing their last five chances, while the Flyers are 9-4 in their last 13 games when facing elimination… Overall, the Flyers are now 34-35 when facing elimination, while the Capitals are 14-31 in games they can eliminate an opponent.
The Flyers own a 20-18 record in Game 6s, including 9-8 in Game 6s when played on home ice… They have won two straight Game 6s when played on home ice with their last loss coming in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final in 2010… The Caps are 11-14 in Game 6s with a 7-9 mark on the road… Claude Giroux has eight points (2g-6a) in his last three Game 6s, and has 10 points (2g-8a) in six Game 6s in his career… The last Game 6 in the Wells Fargo Center saw Wayne Simmonds score a hat trick in a 5-2 win over the Rangers in 2014… Alex Ovechkin has five goals and nine points in nine career Game 6s, while Nicklas Backstrom has six assists and seven points in nine career Game 6s.
John Carlson is tied for second among all NHL defensemen in the playoffs in scoring with six points (3g-3a), but is a minus-3 with five of his six points, including all three goals, coming on the power play… Nick Schultz has the least amount of minutes played among the six Flyers defensemen, but leads the Flyers, and all players in the series, with the most blocked shots (19) - he is scoreless, but is a plus-2 in the series… The Flyers rank third among all playoff teams in blocked shots (104)… The Flyers defense has also provided 69 of the entire team’s 104 blocked shots (66.3%)… The Capitals are 36.4 percent on the man advantage (8-for-22) and are operating at 95.2 percent on the PK, killing off 20-of-21 opportunities.
After getting the call and coming into Game 4, Neuvirth has stopped 75 of 76 shots, including all 44 shots in Game 5 for his second career shutout in the Stanley Cup playoffs… Neuvirth has a shutout streak of 77:22 and is now 6-5 all-time in the playoffs with a 2.00 GAA and .930 save percentage in 12 career appearances… Dating back to the regular season, Neuvirth has recorded four straight wins and seven of his last eight games to go along with a 2.00 GAA and .933 save percentage since Feb. 25. The Caps captain has logged over 20 minutes of ice time in three straight games and played 21:41 in Game 5… The Caps also had 4:55 of power-play time in Game 5 with Ovechkin playing 4:13 of that 4:55… He fired the most shots of any player in Friday’s game with eight, while also out-hitting every player with eight hits… Ovechkin leads all players in the series with 23 shots on goal and has three goals and four points in the series.

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