1. The Caps finished the regular season with the second-best Special Teams Index on the circuit, and we noted that as an area in which they held a decided advantage in this series... but no one expected performances like they've gotten through two games - League-bests 3-for-8 on the power play (two-for-two on two shots in Game 2) and 8-for-8 on the kill (including 1:07 of 3-on-5 time and another 41 seconds at 3-on-4).
And if it felt like it'd been a while since the Caps potted a pair of power-play goals in a playoff game... that's because it has:
From 09 thru this season, Caps reg seas PP was 22.7% (1st)...playoffs 14.8% (19th). https://t.co/8QDZr3ERZm— ThePeerless (@ThePeerless) April 17, 2016
The Caps now have as many power-play goals in two games as they did in two series last year.— Isabelle Khurshudyan (@ikhurshudyan) April 17, 2016
2. Steve Mason had a great season and a very strong start to this year's playoffs... but last night's game-winner is going to stick with him for a while:
More like Steve Missin', amirite?— Japers' Rink (@JapersRink) April 17, 2016
And here's an amazing stat from that tally:
Jason Chimera scored his 6th career playoff GWG, tying Peter Bondra for first place on the #Caps postseason game-winning goals list.— CapitalsPR (@CapitalsPR) April 17, 2016
3. But the biggest story so far has been Braden Holtby, who stopped 41 shots in Game 2 and is 60-for-61 overall so far. He's been... well, what say you, Twitter?
In the last 30 years, how many goalies have appeared in 20+ playoff games, GAA under 2.00, SV over .930?— ThePeerless (@ThePeerless) April 17, 2016
...one, Braden Holtby.