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The Noon Number: Empty Early

A look at an interesting coaching decision

Washington Capitals v Columbus Blue Jackets Photo by Ben Jackson/NHLI via Getty Images

7:21 - Amount of time that had elapsed in the third period when Conor Sheary scored into the Columbus empty net last night, putting the Caps up 6-2. That strike came about 10 seconds after Blue Jackets coach Brad Larsen lifted his goalie for the extra attacker, with a nearly 13 minutes remaining in the final frame.

According to SportsRadar (via NBC Sports Washington), that was the second-earliest empty-netter scored in the third period in NHL history, behind only an Islanders goal against the Colorado Rockies 4:50 into the third back in 1979.