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The Noon Number: Shut Down and Shot Down

A look at the Capitals' stifling Game Seven defense

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11 - Number of shots on goal to which the Caps held the Islanders in Game Seven (with just three coming from forwards), the second-lowest total in franchise playoff history - on April 9, 1990, Washington held New Jersey to just ten shots on goal in a 2-1 Game Three loss.

Since the start of the 1987-88 season, only six teams have been held to 11 shots on goal or fewer in a playoff game, with the Caps appearing in half of those games - the two mentioned above and a 2-0 win over Ottawa in 1998 in which they were outshot 36-11.

Last night represented the fewest shots on goal allowed by Barry Trotz's Caps, and only the fourth time overall that they've allowed fewer than a dozen shots-on since that Devils game.

More on last night's shot suppression from our pal Vogs: