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FIVE THINGS: Flyers vs. Capitals

by Staff Writer / Philadelphia Flyers
The Flyers-Caps series shifts back to Washington where the Flyers will hope to avoid elimination for the second straight game… The Caps return home where they went 29-8-4 in the regular season - they were the only NHL team to have fewer than 10 regulation losses on home ice… The Flyers are 33-35 when facing elimination, while the Capitals are 14-30 in games they can eliminate an opponent… The Flyers own a 34-25 record in Game 5 of best of seven series, including 9-14 in Game 5s on the road… Alex Ovechkin has five goals and eight points in 10 career Game 5s, while former Flyer Mike Richards has 18 points (4g-14a) in 20 career Game 5s… Claude Giroux averages over a point per-game with nine points (4g-5a) in eight career Game 5s.
The Flyers defense provided both goals in Game 4 with tallies from the pairing of Shayne Gostisbehere and Andrew MacDonald… Brandon Manning leads the Flyers with 13 shots on goal, which is tied for third among Eastern Conference defensemen in the playoffs… The Flyers defense has also provided 54 of the entire team’s 85 blocked shots (66.6%)… The Flyers are ranked second among all playoff teams with 85 blocked shots… Nick Schultz leads the Flyers with 16 blocked shots, which also leads all Eastern Conference players and is fourth among all players in the postseason… Caps defenseman John Carlson leads all NHL d-men in the playoffs with six points, and is tied with three goals.
The Flyers and Capitals have combined for 151 penalty minutes in the first four games of the series (PHI: 100, WSH: 51)… The Flyers rank fourth among all playoff teams in hits (150)… The Caps had 16 of 18 skaters record a shot on goal in Game 4, with nine of those players recording multiple shots… The Capitals have scored over half of their goals in the third period (7-of-13), while also recording 61.5 precent of their goals (8-of-13) on the man advantage… TJ Oshie has points in three straight games (1g-3a), marking the longest postseason point streak of his career… Michal Neuvirth stopped 31 of 32 shots for the win in Game 4 - Game 5 would be his first playoff game in Washington since May 1, 2011… Injured forward Scott Laughton did not make the trip to Washington, while forward Pierre-Edouard Bellemare is eligible to play after serving his one-game NHL suspension.
The rookie defenseman scored his first playoff goal and fired a team high five shots on goal in Wednesday’s win over the Capitals in Game 4 for his second point of the playoffs… He has the lone power-play goal for the Flyers in the series and ranks second on the team in average time-on-ice (20:13)… He led all rookie defensemen in scoring during the regular season with 46 points, 22 of which came on the power-play… This will be Gostisbehere’s 69th game of the season - he has never played more than 48 games in a season when he appeared in 42 games for Union College during the 2013-14 season, plus six games in the World Junior Championships. Holtby is coming off a Game 4 loss in which he allowed two goals on 25 shots and now has a 1.00 GAA and .966 save percentage… During the regular season, he went 14-0-1 in games following a loss, allowing two goals or less in 14 of those 15 games… With a 19-19 record, he is one win shy of tying Olaf Kolzig (20) for the Capitals all-time playoff wins list…  Holtby ranks first among active NHL goaltenders, with a minimum of 20 games played, in career playoff goals-against average (1.82) and save percentage (.939).


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