Absurd stats from Capitals 9-2 win over Flyers

Hopefully I’m not stealing too much thunder from Chris’ numbers for the next morning, but tonight’s win was so absurd that we have to highlight some of the wild numbers from this game.

No matter how prepared you think you are for this job, I promise you’re not ready for the crazy thing I’m about to introduce.


That’s the number of different Capitals players who scored against the Flyers, including Alex Ovechkin who scored the No. 776 in the first half. It was Ovi’s 46th goal this season and the 131st time he opened a game with a goal. Two players scored their first goal as a Capital on Tuesday: Matt Irwin and Johan Larsson.

Lars Eller was the only Capitals player to score twice.


This is the number of Capitals players who have collected at least 1 point against the Flyers. 9 of these players scored 2 points. 1 player made 3: Justin Schultz (3 assists). The only players not on the scoresheet were Nick Jensen, Marcus Johansson and Ilya Samsonov. Out of shame!

According to the Capitals PR, it’s the fifth time in franchise history that the Capitals have seen 16 players record a point in the same game. The last time they did was January 9, 2010 against the Atlanta Thrashers – over 12 years ago!!!


The number of days that have passed since Matt Irwin’s last NHL goal. The journeyman defenseman last touched the back of the net on December 6, 2018 against the Vancouver Canucks. Irwin was a member of the Nashville Predators and played under…you guessed it…Peter Laviolette.


No Capitals player played more than 20 minutes and less than 10 in the game. Defenseman Nick Jensen led all Capitals players with 19:50 TOI while Alex Ovechkin led all Capitals forwards with 18:42 TOI. Tom Wilson had the least ice time with 12:26.



That’s the number of Capitals skaters who got power-play time, including all of the team’s forwards. Only Nick Jensen didn’t skate when the Capitals had the power play. The Capitals’ fourth line — Garnet Hathaway, Nic Dowd and Johan Larsson — all got over a minute on the PP. Larsson scored the ninth goal of the game on the PP, totally ruining our joke.


That’s the number of times the Capitals have scored nine or more goals in a game over the past 25 years. The last time they did this was in 2008.


That’s how many seconds Conor Sheary had in front of the wide-open net with the puck before scoring on a beleaguered Martin Jones. More on him in a moment!


That’s Martin Jones’ save percentage after replacing an injured Carter Hart (.700) to open the second period. Jones allowed 6 goals on 27 shots while Hart gave up 3 of 10. Yuck.


It was Flyers defensemen Kevin Connauton and Ronnie Attard’s worst plus-minus in the game. 12 of the Flyers’ 18 skaters finished in the negative with their plus-minus. 3 Flyers players managed to be positive: Travis Sanheim (+1), James van Riemsdyk (+1) and Morgan Frost (+1).


That’s the most PIMs Evgeny Kuznetsov has had in the game after being thrown out late in the third period. Kuznetsov attempted to fight Travis Konechy after Travis Sanheim got rough with Trevor van Riemsdyk and Conor Sheary.

Speaking of van Riemsdyks…


That’s the number of van Riemsdyks who played in the game, James and Trevor. It’s also the number of van Riemsdyks the puck deflected off JVR’s second goal of the game in the third period.

Fun win. Do it again on Thursday!

Main photo: @pennybacker