The Rangers defeated the Capitals, 5–0, in Game 7 of their first-round playoff series at Verizon Center. Washington led the series two-games-to-none, and Monday’s loss ended the sixth series in which the Caps were eliminated after holding a 2–0 lead in games.
Against all odds, the Capitals have a losing record (4–6) in series in which they won each of the first two games. Historically, the NHL winning percentage of teams that took a 2–0 lead in a playoff series is 88 percent.
Two other teams have lost at least six playoff series after leading two-games-to-none. But both are members of the “Original 6,” having played and won many more such series than the Caps: the Red Wings (33–7) and Bruins (25–7).
Only two of the current top 50 point-scorers in the NHL this season were born in the United States: Patrick Kane (7th, 27 pts.) and Max Pacioretty (29th, 20 pts.) Among players ranked 50th or higher (including ties), more were born in Canada, Sweden, and the former Czechoslovakia and Soviet Union than were born in the USA.
The Maple Leafs’ 6-0 win at Bell Centre on Saturday night matched their largest margin of victory ever in a shutout against the Canadiens in Montreal (a 6-0 win by Johnny Bower at the Forum on Jan. 13, 1966). It was their biggest shutout win versus the Canadiens anywhere since March 27, 1968 (another 6-0 Bower victory) at Maple Leaf Gardens.
Teemu Selanne, who opened his season by becoming the third 42-year-old player in NHL history to record four points in a game (two goals and two assists at Vancouver), matched that feat with a goal and three assists in the Ducks’ shootout win at St. Louis on Saturday. Selanne has now done something twice in 22 days that had been accomplished only twice over the first 94 seasons in NHL history, by Gordie Howe (1971) and Tim Horton (1972).
Zach Parise scored the 200th goal of his NHL career on Monday. Zach’s dad, J.P., scored 238 goals in his 14-season NHL career. The Parises are the second father and son to score at least 200 goals each in the NHL. Bobby and Brett Hull both scored more than 600 goals (610 and 741, respectively).