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Capitals take first 3-0 series lead in their history

NHL News and Notes

by NHL Public Relations @PR_NHL


The Flyers scored 57 seconds after the opening face-off but the Capitals responded with six unanswered goals - including a pair by captain Alex Ovechkin (2-1-3) - to push the Flyers to the brink of elimination.

* The Capitals hold a 3-0 lead in a best-of-seven playoff series for the first time in franchise history - they lost Game 3 each of the previous seven instances after winning the first two contests of such series.

* Ovechkin (39-35-74 in 75 GP), who registered his fifth and sixth career multi-goal and three-point playoff games, moved past Dale Hunter (25-47-72 in 100 GP) for the most points in franchise playoff history. He also picked up his sixth career playoff game-winning goal, tied for the most by any Capitals player.

* Braden Holtby (31 SV) registered his 19th career playoff win to move into sole possession of second place in franchise playoff history, one back of Olie Kolzig (20). He has allowed no more than one goal in 16 of those victories, including each of his last 13 dating to Game 6 of the 2012 Eastern Conference Semifinals vs. NYR.

* Teams that lead a best-of-seven Stanley Cup Playoffs series 3-0 hold an all-time series record of 179-4 (97.8%).

Home Team in Caps
Washington 6, PHILADELPHIA 1 - WSH leads 3-0
MINNESOTA 5, Dallas 3 - DAL leads 2-1
Los Angeles 2, SAN JOSE 1 (OT) - SJS leads 2-1

The Capitals established a franchise postseason record with five power-play goals in one game (5-for-9) - one shy of tying the Stanley Cup Playoffs record set by the Bruins in Game 1 of the 1969 QF vs. TOR (10-0 W).

* Washington improved to 8-for-17 with the man advantage this postseason - after going 3-for-28 (10.7%) in the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs (14 GP) - to move within one of matching the club record for most power-play goals in a series.

* John Carlson (1-2-3) scored a power-play goal for the third straight game. The only other Capitals defenseman to tally three such goals in one playoff series is Al Iafrate - who notched one power-play goal in Games 4-6 of the 1993 Patrick Division Semifinals vs. NYI.

* Alex Ovechkin scored his 12th career postseason power-play goal (all w/ WSH) to move within one of tying Peter Bondra (13) for the most in franchise playoff history.

Players and fans at Wells Fargo Center paid tribute to chairman and governor Ed Snider before the team's first home game of the playoffs. Snider, who brought the NHL to Philadelphia in 1967, passed away on April 11.

Tanner Pearson scored his first career playoff game-winning goal at 3:47 of overtime to lift the Kings over the Sharks for their first win of the series.

* The Kings earned their first victory in six all-time playoff overtime games against the Sharks (1-5). All four Game 3 meetings between the clubs have required extra time. The others: 2011 CQF (Devin Setoguchi at 3:09), 2013 CSF (Logan Couture at 1:29) and 2014 FR (Patrick Marleau at 6:20).

* Drew Doughty logged 35:01 of time on ice, nearly six minutes more than any other skater and the most by any player in a game this postseason. It marked his fifth career playoff game with at least 35:00 of playing time.

* The two clubs combined for 100 hits (LAK: 61, SJS: 39), 54 shots on goal (SJS: 30, LAK: 24) and 45 blocked shots (LAK: 27, SJS: 18).

Down 2-0 less than five minutes into the game, the Wild scored four straight goals - powered by 2-1-3 from Jason Pominville - to cut their series deficit to 2-1 against the Stars.

* Via the Elias Sports Bureau, the Wild won a playoff game after trailing by multiple goals for the second time in franchise history. The only other instance came on May 8, 2003 when Minnesota scored four unanswered goals to erase a 2-0 deficit and win Game 7 of the Western Conference Semifinals at VAN, after trailing 3-1 in the series.

* The Wild improved to 6-1 in their past six Game 3s dating to the 2008 CQF at COL, including five such victories at Xcel Energy Center.

Philadelphia'sMichael Raffl (0:57), Dallas'Patrick Sharp (0:26) and San Jose'sJoe Thornton (0:30) each scored in the opening minute of their respective games, all in losing efforts:

* Via Elias, it marked the first time that a goal was scored within the first 60 seconds of three playoff games on the same day since April 15, 1983, when Mike Krushelnyski (BOS), John Tonelli (NYI) and Jari Kurri (EDM) combined for the feat.

* Elias adds there have been four such goals scored through 22 games this postseason (also Nashville's James Neal in Game 1 at ANA). Only three such goals were scored in the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs (89 GP).

* Sharp and Thornton both came two seconds shy of matching franchise records for fastest goal to start a playoff game.

Stars forward Patrick Sharp (2-0-2) has compiled 17 points in 17 career playoff games vs. MIN, compared to 7-10-17 in 41 career meetings during the regular-season ... Wild forward Erik Haula (1-1-2) posted his first career multi-point game in the postseason (17 GP) ... Teammate Mikko Koivu scored his first playoff game-winning goal (42 GP) ... The Wild held the Stars to 17 shots on goal, tied for the fewest by Dallas in 2015-16 (also March 26 at SJS).

All Times Eastern
Tampa Bay @ Detroit, TBL leads 2-1, 7:00 p.m., NBCSN, CBC, TVAS2, FS-D, FS-F
Pittsburgh @ NY Rangers, series tied 1-1, 7:00 p.m., USA, TVAS, SN, MSG, ROOT
St. Louis @ Chicago, STL leads 2-1, 9:30 p.m., NBCSN, TVAS, SN, CSN-CH, FS-MW
Anaheim @ Nashville, NSH leads 2-0, 9:30 p.m., USA, SN360, TVAS2, FS-TN, PRIME

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