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A look at how the Caps have done when jumping up by two

NHL: Washington Capitals at Winnipeg Jets Bruce Fedyck-USA TODAY Sports

25% - Goals-for percentage (all situations) for the Caps when taking a two-goal lead, having then been outscored 5-1 at even strength, and 6-2 overall. Despite the goals against, they’ve actually done pretty well possession-wise, checking in with an even-strength CF% at just under 50% (49.1%, 55/57).

Having a two-goal lead is something the Caps have become pretty accustomed to in the early part of the season; they’ve scored the first two goals of the game - by either team - in six of their first nine games (and three straight including Tuesday’s win).

The struggle has been in scoring the third goal of the game. Of those six games, they’ve managed to turn their 2-0 lead into a 3-0 lead just once - a victory over Colorado by that exact score.

(Data via corsica.hockey; h/t Vogs)