Five sad facts about the Capitals’ Game 7 loss to the Penguins

The Washington Capitals are sadly no stranger to playoff disappointment. Their 2017 postseason hopes ended at the hands of the Pittsburgh Penguins on Wednesday and the disappointment was palpable.

Now, the Capitals are left to pick up the pieces on yet another early playoff exit. Just how bad was this Game 7 loss? See for yourself.

The Capitals have never bested the Penguins in a playoff Game 7

Washington has played Pittsburgh in 62 playoff games since 1991. Out of the four times the Capitals have played in a Game 7 against the Penguins, they’ve yet to win a single one.

The Capitals have never reached the Eastern Conference Final with Alex Ovechkin

Ovechkin has played for the Capitals for 13 seasons, and has yet to reach the third round of the Stanley Cup playoffs.

The Penguins were broken, and still won

While the Capitals were arguably the deepest they’ve been in years, the Penguins may have been the weakest. Pittsburgh was without Kris Letang and Matt Murray, all the while Sidney Crosby was concussed mid-way through the series.

Defensemen Brian Dumoulin, Olli Maatta, Ron Hainsey ate up the most minutes for the Penguins in Game 7 and they still managed to shut down the deep Capitals scoring lineup.


Washington out-chanced Pittsburgh at even strength, and still lost

We know you’ve heard it before, but the Capitals were — by the numbers — the better team at even strength in terms of overall shots.

The final, raw 5v5 shot-attempts for this series:

Washington: 382

Pittsburgh: 239

Just something about the Capitals in the playoffs …

— Evan Sporer (@ev_sporer) May 11, 2017

Braden Holtby’s Vezina worthy regular season meant nothing

In the regular season, Holtby put up a .925 save percentage with a league-leading nine shutouts. This postseason? He had a .909 save percentage in 13 games, and put up a .877 save percentage in seven games against the Penguins.

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