Multiple Milestones Reached In Game 5 vs. Hurricanes For Capitals

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Six goals in Game 5 meant a lot of milestones were hit for the Washington Capitals. As much fun as the team had in their 6-0 win in the Carolina Hurricanes, the fact that some set some individual franchise records and team records made the win more special. Here are the milestones that were reached as the Capitals retook the series lead:

Captain Alex Ovechkin passed Pittsburgh Penguins center Evgeni Malkin for the most Stanley Cup Playoff goals among Russians in NHL history.

The 6-0 win marked the largest margin of victory in a Stanley Cup Playoff game in team history.

Center Nicklas Backstrom, who posted two goals in the win, joined Dino Ciccarelli and center Evgeny Kuznetsov as the third player in team franchise history to post multiple four-point performances in the postseason. He has posted at least two points in each of the Capitals’ three home games this postseason.

Goaltender Braden Holtby past Olie Kolzig for the most Stanley Cup Playoff shutouts in team history (seven).

Center Nic Dowd scored on a penalty shot, becoming the first Capitals player to do so in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Previously, the Capitals had three penalty shot attempts, none that were successful, and that was the first penalty shot since Joe Juneau’s attempt against the Pittsburgh Penguins (goaltender: Ken Wregget) on April 24, 1996.

Forward Tom Wilson became the 26th player in franchise history to hit the double-digit goal mark in his Stanley Cup Playoff career.

Ovechkin also posted his 10th career multi-assist game (two assists) and 33rd career multi-point game (three points) in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. It also marked Backstrom’s fourth career multi-goal, 28th multi-point, and 10th career three-point game in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Defenseman John Carlson drew within three assists of Scott Steven’s 44 career assists in the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the most among defensemen in Capitals history.

By Harrison Brown

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Harrison is a diehard Caps fan and a hockey fanatic with a passion for sports writing. He attended his first game at age 8 and has been a season ticket holder since the 2010-2011 season. His fondest Caps memory was watching the Capitals hoist the Stanley Cup in Las Vegas. In his spare time, he enjoys travel, photography, and hanging out with his two dogs. Follow Harrison on Twitter @HarrisonB927077
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