Scoring Chances for Playoff Game 4 vs Washington

I'm going to switch things up this time, and lead with the individual chances rather than the head to head.   Some reminders for the chart below.  First, the definition of the scoring chance again:

A scoring chance is defined as a clear play directed toward the opposing net from a dangerous scoring area – loosely defined as the top of the circle in and inside the faceoff dots, though sometimes slightly more generous than that depending on the amount of immediately-preceding puck movement or screens in front of the net. Blocked shots are generally not included, but missed shots are. A player is awarded a scoring chance anytime he is on the ice and someone from either team has a chance to score. He is awarded a "chance for" if someone on his team has a chance to score and a "chance against" if the opposing team has a chance to score.

Secondly, an 'assist' in this context is defined as any pass that leads directly to a scoring chance. This would include shots that are deflected and/or redirected on goal, but does not include shots that lead to a rebound opportunity.  Finally, 'COG' indicates those scoring chances that result in a shot on goal.

NYR Chance Assist COG WSH Chance Assist COG
Avery 1 0 1 Arnott 2 0 1
Boyle 2 0 2 Backstrom 2 1 2
Dubinsky 3 1 3 BGordon 2 0 2
Fedotenko 1 2 0 Bradley 0 3 0
Gaborik 7 0 5 Carlson 0 1 0
Gilroy 2 0 1 Chimera 1 1 1
McCabe 0 2 0 Fehr 1 0 1
Prospal 1 1 0 Green 1 0 1
Prust 0 2 0 Hendricks 1 0 1
Stepan 0 1 0 Johansson 3 1 3
        Laich 2 2 2
        Ovechkin 4 1 2
        Semin 3 1 2
        Sturm 1 0 0
 TOTALS  17  12 TOTALS 23 11 18

The name that instantly stands out on the list is Marian Gaborik. He had seven scoring chances in the game, easily the most of either team and the highest output of the season for him. (his previous high was 6, registered twice). He has [deservedly] taken a lot of heat for the gaffe at the end, but he was the only person to muster a quality shot in the OT periods.  Combined with his linemates, Brandon Dubinsky and Ruslan Fedotenko, they produced 65% of the chances for the New York Rangers.  

Overall, as has been the custom in this series, the Washington Capitals had more chances in the game. This time, however, it was the result of the 3rd period, and especially the OTs. More on that after the jump.

Unlike in previous games, I've broken the head to head charts down into sections. The first chart here is the 1st and 2nd periods:

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For 40 minutes, the Rangers could really do no wrong.  Bryan McCabe and Matt Gilroy had their struggles, but overall the team had an edge in chances regardless of the matchup, really for the first time all series.  Then, the 3rd period started:

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From the 3rd period through the overtimes, the Capitals' depth really did a number on this Rangers team.  Artem Anisimov's line was able to keep events at a minimum at least, but Dubinsky and Brian Boyle's lines were overrun by every line the Caps iced. The total head to head looked like this:

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Not surprisingly, the other breakdowns show a similar disparity in play:

1st/2nd 3rd/OT Total
  WSH NYR WSH NYR WSH NYR
Transition 2 6 9 2 11 8
Zone Pressure 4 4 3 (2) 2 7 (2) 6
Dzone Turnover 0 1 5 (2) 0 5 (2) 1
Off. Faceoffs 0 2 (2) 0 0 0 2 (2)

Over the first two periods, the Rangers effectively shutdown the Washington transition game, which has been the primary source of their offense. Not only that, but for the first time in the series the Rangers found a transition game of their own, getting multiple chances.  Then the 3rd period came around, and Washington found their game again.  In particular, they were able to force a lot turnovers from the young defense (and older sniper), and the mistakes led to goals.

1st/2nd 3rd/OT Total
  WSH NYR WSH NYR WSH NYR
Zone 1 3 5 (1) 8 (4) 0 11 (4) 5 (1)
Zone 2 3 3 3 3 6 6
Zone 3 0 4 (1) 4 1 4 5 (1)
Zone 4 0 1 2 0 2 1

Lastly, the same story comes in relation to where the chances are from.  (Map here)  The Rangers were able to attack from all angles for two periods, and then Washington came out and pushed play, taking away any chances from directly around Michal Neuvirth, and forcing their way to the front of Henrik Lundqvist, created the giant momentum ball that pushed the series away from a deadlock and toward the 3-1 hole the Rangers find themselves in now.   

All told, the Rangers finally played at their best, but could only sustain it for 2/3 of the game.  To win game 5, they'll need it for the full 60.

Raw Data here:

Scoring Chances for NHL Game Number 30114

Team Period Time Note NYR Opponent

 

WSH 1 18:30 Laich, Bradley 20 21 28 30 42 97 10 21 27 30 74 90 5v5
NYR 1 12:57 Avery, Prust 5 8 16 22 27 30 4 18 23 28 30 44 5v5
WSH 1 12:18 Arnott, Ovechkin Defl 5 17 18 23 30   8 21 28 30 44 52 4v5
NYR 1 9:40 Gaborik, McCabe Defl 10 17 21 22 28 30 21 23 30 52 90   5v4
NYR 1 9:08 Gaborik 10 17 21 22 28 30 21 23 30 52 90   5v4
WSH 2 19:17 Sturm 5 10 18 26 30   18 27 30 74 90   4v4
NYR 2 18:02 Gilroy Breakaway 10 17 22 28 30 97 21 27 30 74 90   5v4
NYR 2 15:27 Gilroy MS 5 17 21 22 30 97 4 18 21 23 30   5v4
NYR 2 13:46 Prospal MS 10 20 27 30 38 86 18 28 30 44 52 55 5v5
NYR 2 12:57 Fedotenko, Dubinsky MS 5 17 18 19 30 86 18 28 30 44 52 55 5v5
WSH 2 11:39 Backstrom Rbd 5 10 17 18 21 30 4 8 19 23 25 30 5v5
NYR 2 9:10 Boyle, Prust 8 16 22 27 30 38 8 25 30 44 52 55 5v5
NYR 2 6:27 Dubinsky 5 8 16 17 18 30 4 8 23 28 30 44 5v5
NYR 2 6:21 Gaborik, Fedotenko Goal 5 10 17 18 19 30 8 19 25 27 30 74 5v5
NYR 2 6:14 Dubinsky, Fedotenko Goal 5 10 17 18 19 30 8 19 25 27 30 74 5v5
NYR 2 2:01 Dubinsky, Stepan 5 17 18 20 21 30 16 21 27 30 74 90 5v5
WSH 2 1:51 Fehr, Johansson 10 17 19 28 30 97 16 21 27 30 74 90 5v5
WSH 2 1:11 Arnott, Semin 8 21 22 27 30 38 18 28 30 44 52 55 5v5
NYR 2 0:05 Gaborik, McCabe MS Defl 10 19 20 28 30 97 21 23 30 55 90   5v4
WSH 3 18:16 Ovechkin 5 8 16 18 22 30 8 19 25 30 52 55 5v5
WSH 3 17:53 Backstrom 5 8 16 18 22 30 8 18 19 30 52 55 5v5
WSH 3 17:15 Semin 10 17 19 27 30 38 4 18 23 28 30 44 5v5
WSH 3 17:13 Semin Goal Rbd 10 17 19 27 30 38 4 18 23 28 30 44 5v5
WSH 3 16:18 Johansson, Laich Goal 8 16 17 18 30 38 16 21 30 52 55 90 5v5
WSH 3 15:28 Green, Backstrom 5 10 17 18 19 30 8 18 19 23 30 52 5v5
NYR 3 14:19 Boyle 8 20 22 28 30 97 4 18 23 25 30 90 5v5
WSH 3 9:59 Ovechkin MS 5 8 16 17 18 30 4 8 21 23 30 44 5v5
WSH 3 7:54 Johansson, Carlson Goal Defl 5 16 18 21 22 30 16 19 27 30 74 90 5v5
NYR 3 6:03 Gaborik, Prospal 10 19 20 26 28 30 18 27 30 74 90   5v4
WSH 4 15:05 Laich 5 10 17 18 19 30 8 19 21 27 30 74 5v5
WSH 4 11:33 Hendricks, Bradley 20 21 28 30 42 97 16 25 27 30 74 90 5v5
WSH 4 11:16 BGordon, Bradley Defl 8 16 22 27 30 38 10 15 23 26 27 30 5v5
WSH 4 9:00 Ovechkin, Laich  Breakaway 5 10 17 18 19 30 8 19 21 27 30 74 5v5
NYR 4 6:16 Gaborik MS 5 10 17 18 19 30 8 19 21 30 52 55 5v5
WSH 4 2:50 Semin 5 18 19 21 30 42 4 18 23 28 30 44 5v5
WSH 5 18:35 Ovechkin 5 10 17 18 19 30 8 19 21 30 52 55 5v5
WSH 5 17:58 Johansson, Chimera 8 16 22 28 30 97 16 25 27 30 74 90 5v5
WSH 5 15:17 BGordon 8 16 22 28 30 97 10 15 26 30 52 55 5v5
NYR 5 10:56 Gaborik 5 10 17 18 19 30 8 19 21 27 30 74 5v5
WSH 5 7:25 Chimera Goal 10 17 19 28 30 97 4 16 23 25 30 90 5v5
# Player EV PP SH
5 D. GIRARDI 30:01 8 11 4:47 1 0 4:57 0 1
8 B. PRUST 21:51 4 8 0:43 0 0 1:49 0 0
10 M. GABORIK 21:04 5 10 7:12 5 0 0:05 0 0
16 S. AVERY 17:41 3 8 0:00 0 0 0:00 0 0
17 B. DUBINSKY 22:25 7 11 7:10 4 0 3:42 0 1
18 M. STAAL 30:34 7 12 1:24 0 0 4:57 0 1
19 R. FEDOTENKO 20:12 5 9 5:19 2 0 1:21 0 0
20 V. PROSPAL 20:07 3 2 5:00 2 0 0:05 0 0
21 D. STEPAN 21:21 1 6 5:59 3 0 0:41 0 0
22 B. BOYLE 23:16 3 7 5:02 4 0 1:33 0 0
23 C. DRURY 11:34 0 0 0:17 0 0 3:37 0 1
26 E. CHRISTENSEN 8:16 0 1 4:39 1 0 0:00 0 0
27 R. MCDONAGH 29:52 3 4 0:00 0 0 2:06 0 0
28 B. MCCABE 11:52 1 6 8:28 5 0 0:00 0 0
30 H. LUNDQVIST 72:31 11 22 13:02 6 0 7:03 0 1
38 M. SAUER 30:26 2 5 0:00 0 0 2:06 0 0
42 A. ANISIMOV 20:07 0 3 0:42 0 0 1:13 0 0
86 W. WOLSKI 8:42 2 0 0:58 0 0 0:00 0 0
97 M. GILROY 12:17 1 6 6:38 3 0 0:00 0 0
Period Totals EV PP 5v3 PP SH 5v3 SH
1 3 2 1 1 0 1 0 0 2 0 0 0
2 10 4 7 4 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0
3 2 8 1 8 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
4 1 5 1 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
5 1 4 1 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals 17 23 11 22 0 1 0 0 6 0 0 0
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