It took nearly six minutes of overtime, but the Philadelphia Flyers
own their first victory in this year's Stanley Cup Final.
Here are a few of the pertinent numbers from Philadelphia's 4-3 OT victory over the Chicago Blackhawks
at the Wachovia Center Wednesday night.
-- Power-play goals by the Blackhawks in the series. Chicago was 0-for-3 in Game 3 and hasn't scored in six opportunities in the first three games.
-- Playoff victory by the Flyers in seven meetings with the Blackhawks. The Flyers were 0-4 in a sweep in the 1971 quarterfinals and dropped the first two games of this series.
-- Consecutive games in the Final in which the Flyers have scored a power-play goal. Danny Briere
scored during a first-period man advantage, giving the Flyers a power-play goal in each of the first three games against the Hawks. Scott Hartnell
also had a second-period power-play goal, giving Philadelphia four in the first three games.
-- Victories by the Flyers in Game 3s during the Stanley Cup Final. They also won in 1974 and 1987, both at home.
-- Consecutive overtime losses in the Stanley Cup Final for the Flyers before Wednesday night's victory. The Flyers won their first OT game in the Final in 1974, but had lost to Buffalo in 1975, twice to the Islanders in 1980 and once to Edmonton in 1987.
-- Victories, in as many tries during this year's playoffs, in one-goal games for the Blackhawks before Wednesday's 4-3 loss. The Hawks had been a perfect 10-0 in the playoffs in games decided by one or two goals.
-- Consecutive home playoff wins for the Flyers this year. They haven't lost at the Wachovia Center since a 4-1 loss to Boston in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals.
-- Consecutive road victories in this year's playoffs for the Blackhawks before Wednesday's loss in Philadelphia. Chicago had won twice in Nashville, three times in Vancouver and twice in San Jose before the loss to the Flyers. The Hawks also had an overall seven-game winning streak in this year's playoffs ended.
-- Playoff goals by Philadelphia's Danny Briere
, who had the Flyers' first goal. He's the only player on either team in double figures.
-- Second-period goals allowed by the Flyers during their 20 playoff games this spring -- 7 in the first three rounds and 7 more by the Blackhawks in the first three games of the Final.
-- Points by Ville Leino
, who tied a 30-year-old team record for playoff points by a rookie when he scored the tying goal early in the third period. Leino's points total matches the mark set by Brian Propp
, who had 15 in 1980.
-- Blackhawks who have scored a goal during this year's playoffs. Defenseman Brent Sopel
joined the list in Game 3 when he blasted a point shot past Michael Leighton
at 17:52 of the second period. The assist by center John Madden
was his first of the playoffs as well.
-- Final-round games that have gone to overtime since 1990. This is the first Game 3 to go into OT since 2003, when Ruslan Salei
's goal gave Anaheim a 3-2 victory over the New Jersey Devils
. The last time any game in the Final went to OT was Game 5 in 2008, when Pittsburgh beat Detroit 4-3 in triple overtime.
-- Years since the Flyers had won a game in the Final. Philadelphia had lost seven in a row since beating Edmonton in Game 6 of the 1987 Final.
-- Hits credited to the Flyers, who out-hit the Hawks for the third game in a row. Dustin Byfuglien
had seven of Chicago's 31 hits, the most of any player on either team.
-- Final-round games worked by referee Bill McCreary, the most in NHL history. McCreary, who has worked more than 1,600 regular-season games, surpassed the mark set by Hall of Famer Bill Chadwick. He's working his 15th Final in the last 16 seasons.
-- Percentage of faceoffs won by the Flyers, the first time they've won the majority of the draws in this series. The Flyers went 34-28, led by Briere's 9-3 showing.
-- Years since the Blackhawks lost a Final game in overtime. They lost 5-4 to Montreal in 1944 as the Canadiens completed a sweep. This was only their second OT game in the Final since then -- Chicago beat the Canadiens 2-1 in Game 1 in 1971. Overall, the Hawks are 5-2 in OT during the Final.
-- Seconds put back on the clock in the second period after Philadelphia's second goal was allowed after a video review. Scott Hartnell
's deflection went just over the goal line at 9:55 of the second period. No goal was ruled on the ice, and play continued until an icing call at 11:37, after which a video review showed the puck had gone over the line and a goal was awarded.
-- Attendance for Game 3, the largest crowd ever to see a hockey game in the state of Pennsylvania. That record figures to be broken next Jan. 1, when the Pittsburgh Penguins
host Washington at Heinz Field in the 2011 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic.