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The Noon Number: Avoiding Elimin8tion

A look at the Caps’ captain’s tendency to step up when his team is down

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20 - Career points for Alex Ovechkin (10 goals, 10 assists) in 19 games with his Capitals facing playoff elimination, a 1.05 points-per-game rate that would rank third overall among active players in playoff production (as it is, he sits eighth, fittingly, at .947 points per game).

Oh, and in case you’re wondering, Ovechkin isn’t the only Cap who has been at his best when the Caps have needed him most...

Here’s one guy who can help (via Caps Today):

Justin Williams has posted a 14-6 record and has registered 26 points (14g, 12a) in 20 career playoff games when his team has faced elimination. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Williams’ average of 0.70 goals per game in elimination games is the third-best in NHL history among players who have faced elimination at least ten times, trailing Hall of Famers Maurice “Rocket” Richard (15 goals in 17 games, 0.88 per game) and Pavel Bure (12 goals in 15 games, 0.80 per game).