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Capitals make most of power-play opportunities

Washington has franchise-record five goals with man-advantage in victory against Philadelphia

by Katie Brown / NHL.com Correspondent

PHILADELPHIA -- For the first time in franchise history, the Washington Capitals have a 3-0 lead in a Stanley Cup Playoff series and they owe a lot of that success to their relentlessly efficient power play.

In Game 3 of the Eastern Conference First Round series against the Philadelphia Flyers, the Capitals scored a franchise record five power-play goals in a 6-1 win at Wells Fargo Center on Monday.

Game 4 will be in Philadelphia on Wednesday (7 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports, CSN-DC, CSN-PH)

Flyers forward Michael Raffl scored 57 seconds into the game after an emotional tribute to late owner Ed Snider but the momentum fizzled with each penalty the Flyers took.  

Washington scored on 5-of-9 power plays, and is 8-for-17 through three games in the series.

"We work hard to get the pucks back and take what's there," forward Marcus Johansson said. "We don't try anything fancy and stuff like that, we just take what's there. We kept things together and stood up for each other. We didn't get away from our game and we focused on what we were supposed to do. That's all we're here to do."

Video: WSH@PHI, Gm3: Beagle slams home Caps' fifth PPG

In the first period, Johansson tipped John Carlson's shot from the point and Alex Ovechkin scored. Evgeny Kuznetsov broke a goal drought dating to March 1 in the second period. Carlson scored his third in three games, Ovechkin scored his second goal of the game and Jay Beagle scored his first power-play goal in six years, all in the third period.

"I think we're using different things and we're shooting the puck and creating traffic in front of the net," Nicklas Backstrom said. "We're doing all those things. It's hard for any team [and] that's the way we want to do it."

Before the playoffs, tweaks were made to the power play after going 0-for-12 to end the regular season. One of the main changes was getting more screens in front of the net. Johansson tipped Carlson's point shot in the first period to tie the game.

Video: WSH@PHI, Gm3: Johansson knots game on the power play

"[Johansson] and [T.J. Oshie] have been awesome down there for us," Carlson said. "They've done a great job recovering pucks, prolonging power plays and zone time, stuff like that. Been working hard to get in there and get screens and all that kind of stuff. Sometimes it's not really all that glorious of a job but they've done it perfectly in my opinion."

One reason Washington has been so effective on the man advantage during the series is because of the number of opportunities the Flyers have presented them with. It seems the more chances they get, the better they fare.

"Our power play has confidence and they keep giving us lots of practice," coach Barry Trotz said. "We just did what we did. We stayed to our game plan and script and we took their best punch."

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