Scoring Chances for Playoff Game 5 vs Washington

PHILADELPHIA , PA - APRIL 23: Members of the Washington Capitals and the New York Rangers take part in the series ending handshake as the Capitals defeated the Rangers 3-1 in Game Five of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2011 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Verizon Center on April 23, 2011 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Len Redkoles/Getty Images)

The season finale ended with the Washington Capitals stifling the New York Rangers offense once again.  The Rangers had a 31:32 stretch in the game without a scoring chance at even strength, and for the 7th and 8th times in the series, they were held to 2 or fewer chances in a period.  For comparison, that happened only 33/240 tracked periods during the regular season.  Credit the Capitals' defense, blame the Rangers' offense.  Either way, the series ended in part because of those numbers.

Here's the head to head for Game 5:

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Score effects come strongly into play here, as the Rangers only had chances by Brian Boyle and Wojtek Wolski in the first two periods. Otherwise, the game turned out fairly even, with only the Cap's third defensive pair really having a consistent edge across the matchups.  As normal, the rest of the data is after the jump.

 

 

NYR Chance Assist COG WSH Chance Assist COG
Anisimov 1 0 1 Backstrom 0 1 0
Boyle 2 0 2 Carlson 1 0 1
Christensen 2 0 2 Chimera 1 0 1
Gaborik 1 0 1 Fehr 1 0 0
Prospal 0 1 0 Green 2 0 0
Sauer 0 1 0 Hannan 0 1 0
Wolski 2 0 2 Johansson 0 3 0
        Laich 1 0 0
        Ovechkin 3 3 3
        Semin 3 2 2
        Sturm 1 1 1
  8 2 8   13 11 8

The Capitals' stars made sure there would be no Game 6 this time around.  Alex Ovechkin, Alexander Semin, and Mike Green accounted for 8/13 chances (not incl. Green's goal), and all 3 goals.  Meanwhile, the Rangers got chances from their enigmas, while getting little to nothing from the several 20 goal scorers on the team.

  WSH NYR
Transition 7 (2) 5
Zone Pressure 6 3 (1)
Dzone Turnover 0 0
Off. Faceoffs 0 0
  WSH NYR
Zone 1 6 (2) 2 (1)
Zone 2 3 0
Zone 3 4 3
Zone 4 0 3

It's almost like a broken record.  The Caps got out in transition, got next to Henrik Lundqvist, and converted their chances.  The Rangers were kept to the outside, and their forecheck, while strong at times, generated no shots.  WIth the exception of a few periods, this was the trend all series.  I could go on, but I'll save that for the series summary later this week.  For now, we have an entire offseason to talk about how the Rangers can improve.

Here's the raw data:

Scoring Chances for NHL Game Number 30115

Team Period Time Note NYR Opponent
NYR 1 19:45 Boyle 5 8 16 18 22 30 4 8 19 21 23 30 5v5
WSH 1 19:25 Ovechkin 5 8 16 18 22 30 4 8 19 21 23 30 5v5
WSH 1 14:10 Green, Ovechkin 5 17 18 23 30 8 21 28 30 44 52 4v5
WSH 1 14:04 Green, Ovechkin 5 17 18 23 30 8 21 28 30 44 52 4v5
WSH 1 10:41 Ovechkin, Backstrom 8 16 22 27 30 38 8 19 21 23 30 52 5v5
WSH 1 7:41 Laich, Ovechkin 10 17 18 19 30 97 4 8 19 21 23 30 5v5
WSH 1 3:26 Semin, Sturm MS 8 16 22 27 30 97 4 18 23 28 30 44 5v5
WSH 1 2:46 Fehr, Johansson MS 18 20 23 26 28 30 4 16 23 25 30 90 5v5
NYR 1 0:10 Wolski, Sauer 21 27 30 38 42 86 15 23 25 30 55 90 5v5
WSH 2 17:52 Sturm, Semin 10 20 21 27 30 38 18 23 28 30 55 90 5v5
WSH 2 12:57 Ovechkin, Hannan Goal 5 17 18 19 30 86 8 19 21 23 30 55 5v5
WSH 2 10:20 Carlson, Semin 21 27 30 38 42 18 27 28 30 44 74 4v5
NYR 2 8:55 Christensen 19 20 26 28 30 86 15 21 23 30 55 5v4
WSH 3 10:32 Chimera, Johansson 5 18 19 26 30 42 16 23 25 30 55 90 5v5
NYR 3 8:38 Boyle 5 16 18 22 30 86 8 18 19 23 27 30 5v5
WSH 3 7:51 Semin 17 22 27 30 38 86 25 28 30 44 55 74 5v5
NYR 3 7:42 Anisimov 17 19 27 30 38 42 25 28 30 44 55 74 5v5
NYR 3 6:34 Christensen 5 16 18 21 26 30 8 19 21 27 30 74 5v5
NYR 3 4:16 Gaborik, Prospal 5 10 18 20 22 30 8 21 27 30 44 55 5v5
WSH 3 3:38 Semin, Johansson Goal 5 18 21 26 30 86 18 23 28 30 55 90 5v5
NYR 3 0:32 Wolski Goal 16 19 26 28 42 86 4 21 23 26 30 90 5v5
# Player EV PP SH
5 D. GIRARDI 15:24 4 4 0:06 0 0 1:20 0 2
8 B. PRUST 11:05 1 3 0:08 0 0 0:55 0 0
10 M. GABORIK 17:07 1 2 2:42 0 0 0:35 0 0
16 S. AVERY 12:33 4 3 0:08 0 0 0:00 0 0
17 B. DUBINSKY 14:55 1 3 2:03 0 0 1:23 0 2
18 M. STAAL 20:01 4 6 0:14 0 0 2:36 0 2
19 R. FEDOTENKO 15:43 2 3 0:54 1 0 1:15 0 0
20 V. PROSPAL 12:53 1 2 1:43 1 0 0:00 0 0
21 D. STEPAN 15:45 2 2 0:30 0 0 1:46 0 1
22 B. BOYLE 14:56 3 4 2:19 0 0 2:12 0 0
23 C. DRURY 5:58 0 1 0:00 0 0 0:51 0 2
26 E. CHRISTENSEN 11:48 2 3 1:49 1 0 0:35 0 0
27 R. MCDONAGH 17:47 2 4 0:00 0 0 1:38 0 1
28 B. MCCABE 14:47 1 1 3:46 1 0 0:03 0 0
30 H. LUNDQVIST 48:32 6 10 4:00 1 0 4:17 0 3
38 M. SAUER 18:20 2 3 0:00 0 0 2:37 0 1
42 A. ANISIMOV 10:57 3 1 0:00 0 0 1:42 0 1
86 W. WOLSKI 14:45 3 3 3:38 1 0 0:00 0 0
97 M. GILROY 13:50 0 2 0:00 0 0 0:20 0 0
Period Totals EV PP 5v3 PP SH 5v3 SH
1 2 7 2 5 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0
2 1 3 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
3 5 3 5 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals 8 13 7 10 1 0 0 0 0 3 0 0
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