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).