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The key stat for Lightning-Capitals Game 7? Score first

Here's how Tampa Bay and Washington have performed in past winner-take-all showdowns.
Lightning left wing Chris Kunitz has played in a team-high nine Game 7s. [DIRK SHADD | Times]
Lightning left wing Chris Kunitz has played in a team-high nine Game 7s. [DIRK SHADD | Times]
Published May 22, 2018
Updated May 23, 2018

As the Lightning and Capitals prepare for their series finale Wednesday night at Amalie Arena in Tampa, here's a by-the-numbers look at each team's Game 7 history.


The Lightning's record in Game 7s. It has never lost at home (3-0).


The Lightning's goal differential in Game 7s.

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The Capitals' record in Game 7s. They're 1-3 on the road.


The Capitals' goal differential in Game 7s.

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Win percentage of the home team in Game 7s (100-71).


Win percentage of the team that scores first in a Game 7 (127-44). The Lightning is 5-0 when it scores first.

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Percentage of Game 7s that have gone to overtime. Games are a virtual coin toss after regulation, with the home team winning 21 of 41 contests.


Combined games of Game 7 experience on the Lightning roster. Left wing Chris Kunitz leads the team with nine Game 7s played. Defensemen Dan Girardi and Anton Stralman are next with eight apiece.

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Combined games of Game 7 experience on the Capitals roster. Left wing Alex Ovechkin and center Nicklas Backstrom lead the team with 10 Game 7s played apiece.


Points scored by Lightning captain Steven Stamkos in five Game 7s.


Lightning coach Jon Cooper's record in Game 7s. In the 2015 playoffs, Tampa Bay beat Detroit in the first round and the Rangers in the conference finals. In the 2016 playoffs, it lost to Pittsburgh. Capitals coach Barry Trotz has lost two of three Game 7s, with his lone win coming against the Islanders during the first round of the 2015 playoffs.


Lightning goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy's save percentage in his only Game 7, a 2-1 loss to the Penguins in 2016.


Capitals goalie Braden Holtby's save percentage in six Game 7s. Washington won twice.

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