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The Noon Number: Three Goals or Bust

A look at Adam Oates's Capitals' difficulty winning low-scoring games

Bruce Bennett

0 - Number of games the Capitals have won this season in which they've failed to score three goals (including the team goal awarded for a shootout win), making them the only team in the League with that distinction as they sport an 0-18-5 record in those games (they do have three 3-2 shootout wins). Dating back to the beginning of last season, the Caps have just one regular season win in which they've scored two or fewer goals - a 2-1 shootout win last April against tonight's opponent, the New York Islanders - which is also the fewest in the League (and 1-34-7 mark in those games).