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The Noon Number: A Special Win

A look at a rare feat the Caps pulled off on Saturday night

NHL: APR 24 Capitals at Islanders Photo by Gregory Fisher/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

4,201 - Days in between Caps regulation wins in which they had a negative-three special teams goal differential as they did in Saturday night’s win over the Islanders (in which they went 0-fer and yielded a shorty on their power play and allowed New York two power-play goals). The last time the Caps pulled off a win with such conditions was against the Hurricanes in a shootout just a couple of years back, but to find a regulation win, you have to go all the way back to October 22, 2009 against Atlanta (which used to have a hockey team).

In the Alex Ovechkin Era, the Caps are 4-35-4 when posting a minus-3 or worse on special teams (the other win coming in 2008 against Pittsburgh). On the flip side, when they’re plus-3 or better, they’re 25-0-1.

One more nugget: per Hockey-Reference, Saturday night was the fourth win in franchise history (against 33 losses and 3 OT/SO losses) in which the Caps didn’t score a special teams goal, allowed two or more PPGs and at least one shorty, joining that Thrashers game from ‘09 and two games from 1982.