3 - Number of overtime wins earned by the Capitals in their first-round victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs, the most they’ve ever had in a single playoff series. That single-series output is already tied for the second-most they’ve had in any postseason run, matching the 1989-90 campaign and trailing only the 1997-98 squad’s five wins in seven overtime games... including the one that sent them to their first Stanley Cup Final.
These tight games should come as no surprise at this point, of course - 12 of the Caps’ last 13 playoff games have been decided by one goal (14 of the last 15, if you throw out an empty-netter that Philly scored), and the NHL, generally, seems as tight as it’s ever been:
The Stanley Cup Playoffs’ thrilling first round set a record with 18 overtime games. https://t.co/hRYCrFB0ZM— SB Nation NHL (@SBNationNHL) April 24, 2017
Is the Pens series likely to be any different? You know the answer to that...