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The Noon Number: Second to None

A look at how the Caps have piled on in the middle of games

Philadelphia Flyers v Washington Capitals Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images

61 - Number of goals scored by the Capitals in the second period this season, which is tops in the League after last night’s three-goal outburst. The Caps average a League-best 1.45 second-period goals per game and have outscored opponents 61-41 in the middle frame, the second-best differential behind only Tampa (who check in with an insane +29).

Last night marked the 16th time this season in which the Caps have scored at least two second-period goals, and the sixth time they’ve had three or more (both tied for fourth-most).

Unsurprisingly, the League leader in second-period goals is also the League-leader in goals overall, as Alex Ovechkin is pacing the NHL with 15 goals in the middle 20 (tied with Columbus’s Cam Atkinson).