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The Noon Number: Game Two Usually More Do than Die

A look at how the Capitals have been able to turn best-of-sevens into best-of-fives

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.600 - Capitals' Game 2 win percentage when trailing 0-1 in a series via a 9-6 record (including a Game 2 win in 1983's best-of-five against the Islanders). Six of those 15 games have come at home, with the Caps compiling a 4-2 record. Here's a quick look at those half-dozen home games:

Year Round Opponent Game 2 Result Game 2 Notes Series Result
1986 Patrick Division Finals N.Y. Rangers W, 8-1 Laughlin GWG N.Y. wins series 4-2
1988 Patrick Division Semifinals Philadelphia W, 5-4 Miller GWG Washington wins series 4-3
1998 Eastern Conference Finals Buffalo W, 3-2 (OT) Krygier GWG Washington wins series 4-2
2009 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals N.Y. Rangers L, 0-1 Lundqvist 35-save shutout Washington wins series 4-3
2010 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals Montreal W, 6-5 (OT) Backstrom hat trick, GWG Let's not talk about it
2011 Eastern Conference Semifinals Tampa Bay L, 2-3 (OT) Lecavalier GWG Tampa Bay wins series 4-0