The Caps' took the ice last night with their first opportunity in franchise history to sweep a seven game series. And what a deserving foe for the distinction of being Washington's first such potential victim. Alas, it was not to be, as Michal Neuvirth stood strong in his first playoff start since 2011 and pretty much single-handedly forced a Game 5. Congratulations Caps fans, you've got Friday Night plans.
Now let's have a look at what worked and what didn't in Game 4.
- Chance Generation
- The 3rd Period
- Power vs Power
WSH-PHI G4: Caps got a lot going against Streit-Schultz. Entire Corsi diff came in 3rd tho—gotta be better in 1st 40 pic.twitter.com/0Tg7zYZIH4— Muneeb Alam (@muneebalamcu) April 21, 2016
That yellow in the top three rows? That's the Ovechkin line (along with Matt Niskanen and Karl Alzner) against Claude Giroux's trio and those differentials are significant - the Caps outshot the Flyers 24-12 in the 12:49 of five-on-five time that both Niskanen and Giroux were out there (16-8 in Oshie's 11.5 minutes against Giroux, and so on).
- Slow Starts
- Special Teams