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
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.
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:
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.