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Tale of the Tape: Flyers-Pens series numbers

by Staff Writer / Philadelphia Flyers

THE HISTORY

* The Flyers will face the Pittsburgh Penguins in a playoff series for the sixth time, owning three of the previous five playoff series victories, but losing their last two meetings.

1989 (W) - Patrick Division Finals: Flyers won series 4 games to 3
1997 (W) - Eastern Conference Quarterfinals: Flyers won series 4 games to 1
2000 (W) - Eastern Conference Semifinals: Flyers won series 4 games to 2
2008 (L) - Eastern Conference Finals: Penguins won series 4 games to 1
2009 (L) - Eastern Conference Quarterfinals: Penguins won series 4 games to 2

* In three of the previous five meetings, the winner advanced to the Stanley Cup Final

* The series in 2000 produced the third-longest game in NHL history. The Flyers defeated the Penguins at Mellon Arena in the FIFTH overtime on May 4, 2000 by the score of 2-1 in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals. Total minutes played in overtime was 92:01.

THE SEASON SERIES

Official Season Series Stat Pack (PDF)

FLYERS: 4-2-0
PENGUINS: 2-3-1

Dec. 8: 3-2 W at FLYERS (FLY-BY & BOXSCORE)
Dec. 29: 4-2 W at Pittsburgh (FLY-BY & BOXSCORE)
Feb. 18: 6-4 L at FLYERS (FLY-BY & BOXSCORE)
Mar. 18: 3-2 W at FLYERS (FLY-BY & BOXSCORE)
Apr. 1: 6-4 W at Pittsburgh (FLY-BY & BOXSCORE)
Apr. 7: 4-2 L at Pittsburgh (FLY-BY & BOXSCORE)

PLAYERS TO WATCH

PHILADELPHIA FLYERS
#28 - Claude Giroux
Giroux led the Flyers and finished the season third overall in the NHL in scoring with 93 points, and second overall in the League with 65 assists… He was tied for second on the team in goals (28), and recorded career-highs in all three categories during the 2011-12 season.

Against the Penguins - Giroux led the Flyers with seven assists and eight points in five games of the season series.

#93 - Jakub Voracek & #17 - Wayne Simmonds
Jakub Voracek posted seven points (2G-5A) in six games vs. the Pens and finished the season recording 10 points (4G-6A) in his final seven games… Simmonds meanwhile finished the season with six goals and seven points in his final seven games… He also has three goals and six points against Pittsburgh this season.

#68 - Jaromir Jagr & #27 - Max Talbot
It will be a return home for both Jagr and Talbot, who spent a majority of their careers in Pittsburgh… BOTH Jagr and Talbot have faced the Flyers twice in the playoffs - Jagr played, and lost to the Flyers, in the 1997 and 2000 series, while Talbot played, and won vs. Flyers, in the 2008 and 2009 series.

Talbot recorded four points (2G-2A) in five games against the Pens this season, while Jagr recorded four of his 19 goals on the year in six games against the Pens

PITTSBURGH PENGUINS
#71 - Evgeni Malkin
Malkin finished the season as the NHL's leading scorer and only player to surpass the 100-point mark with 109 points… He was one of two players in the NHL with 50 goals and led the Penguins in all three offensive categories: points (109), goals (50) and assists (59).

Against the Flyers, Malkin has three goals and nine points in the six-game season series, but ended up with a plus-minus rating of minus-1.

#87 - Sidney Crosby
Crosby played in just three of the six games in the season series, but posted four points (1G-3A) in that span.

Crosby finished the season with a five-game point streak in which he posted 12 points, tallying four goals and eight assists.

# 9 - Pascal Dupuis
Dupuis comes into the playoffs riding an NHL-best 17-game point streak, during which he posted 10 goals and 12 assists for 22 points… Dupuis was the Penguins fourth-leading scorer with 59 points (25G-34A), having played in all 82 games this season.

THE GOALTENDING

PHILADELPHIA FLYERS
#30 - Ilya Bryzgalov
The Flyers goaltender enters the postseason as one of the hottest goalies in the NHL… He was named the NHL's Player of the Month for March after going 10-2-1 with a 1.43 goals-against average and .947 save percentage, which included four shutouts, the most of any NHL goaltender on the month. He allowed two or fewer goals in 11 straight games during the month as well.

He ended the season with a 33-16-7 record with a 2.48 GAA and .909 save percentage.

PITTSBURGH PENGUINS
#29 - Marc-Andre Fleury
Fleury comes into the playoffs with the second-most wins in the NHL this season (42), owning a record of 42-17-4 and a 2.36 GAA and .913 save percentage in 67 appearances.

Fleury also has extensive playoff experience… At age 27, he has played in 69 Stanley Cup Playoff games earning two trips to the Stanley Cup Final (winning in 2009). Overall he has a 41-28 record with a 2.52 GAA and .910 save percentage.

PHILADELPHIA FLYERS PITTSBURGH PENGUINS
FLYERS RECORDS
Overall record: 47-26-9--103pts
Home record: 22-13-6
Road record: 25-13-3
One-goal games: 25-5-9
Scoring first: 27-4-5
Opponent scoring first: 20-22-4
Outshooting opponent: 31-18-6

MONTHLY RECORDS
October: 6-4-1
November: 7-3-2
December: 9-3-1
January: 7-4-2
February: 5-7-1
March: 11-3-2
April: 2-2-0

POWER PLAY
Overall: 19.7% (66-for-335--T-5th)
HOME: 19.7% (35-for-178)
ROAD: 19.8% (31-for-157)

PENALTY KILL
Overall: 81.8% (261-for-319: 58 GA)
HOME: 81.2% (130-for-160: 30 GA)
ROAD:  82.4% (131-for-159: 28 GA)

LEADERS
Points: Giroux (93)
Goals: Hartnell (37)
Assists: Giroux (65)
PENGUINS RECORDS
Overall record: 51-25-6--108pts
Home record: 29-10-2
Road record: 22-15-4
One-goal games: 17-9-6
Scoring first: 35-8-4
Opponent scoring first: 16-17-2
Outshooting opponent: 34-21-3

MONTHLY RECORDS
October: 8-3-2
November: 6-4-2
December: 7-6-0
January: 8-4-0
February: 8-4-1
March: 11-3-1
April: 3-1-0

POWER PLAY
Overall: 19.7% (57-for-289--T-5th)
HOME: 19.9% (29-for-146)
ROAD: 19.6% (28-for-143)

PENALTY KILL
Overall: 87.8% (237-for-270: 33GA)
HOME: 88.8% (111-for-125: 14GA)
ROAD: 86.9% (126-for-145: 19GA)

LEADERS
Points: Malkin (109)
Goals: Malkin (50)
Assists: Malkin (59)

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