The best-of-7 Stanley Cup Final is now a best-of-3 series.
Here are a few of the pertinent numbers from Philadelphia's series-tying 5-3 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks
at the Wachovia Center Friday night.
-- Goals by Jonathan Toews
and Dustin Byfuglien
, two-thirds of Chicago's No. 1 line. Toews and Byfuglien each have 1 assist through the first four games; the third member of the line, Patrick Kane
, had a Game 3 goal and an assist in Game 4.
-- Power-play goals by the Blackhawks in the first four games. Dave Bolland
broke the Hawks' power-play drought by scoring during a 5-on-3 advantage after the Hawks had been 0-for-7 with the extra man.
-- Consecutive losses for the Blackhawks, the first time that's happened in this year's playoffs. Chicago had been 4-0 this spring after losses until the Blackhawks followed up their Game 3 overtime loss by losing Game 4 to the Flyers.
-- Scoreless periods of the 12 played in this series. Neither team scored in the second period; the only other period in which no goals were scored was the first period of Game 2.
-- Goals scored by Philadelphia's Claude Giroux
and Ville Leino
, the most of any players on either team. Giroux got his third late in the first period to give the Flyers a 3-1 lead; Leino scored early in the third period to make it 4-1.
-- Consecutive games in which the Flyers have been credited with more hits than the Blackhawks. The margin in Game 4 was 35-31, and through four games, the Flyers have outhit the Hawks 152-133.
-- Power-play goals by Philadelphia in the first four games -- Mike Richards
scored the fifth one in the first period of Game 4. The Flyers have at least one in each game and are 5-for-16 with the extra man through four games.
-- Years between playoff games for Chicago defenseman Nick Boynton
, who dressed for the first time this spring in Game 4. It was his first appearance in a playoff game since April 29, 2004, when he played for the Boston Bruins
. Boynton replaced Jordan Hendry
-- Consecutive home victories by the Flyers in this year's playoffs -- two against Boston, three against Montreal and Games 3 and 4 of the Final against Chicago. Overall, Philadelphia is 9-1 this spring at the Wachovia Center, losing only Game 3 to Boston in the second round.
-- Goals allowed by Flyers goaltender Michael Leighton
while going 6-0 in his six starts at the Wachovia Center this spring.
-- Wins, in as many games, for the Flyers in Games 4 through 7 of this year's playoffs. The Flyers won Games 4-5 against New Jersey, Games 4-5-6-7 against Boston and Games 4-5 against Boston before beating Chicago in Games 3 and 4.
-- Wins by the home team in the last 11 Stanley Cup Final games. Pittsburgh and Detroit each won three times at home before the visiting Penguins won Game 7 last year, while the home team has won each of the first four games in this series.
-- Consecutive losses by the Blackhawks in Philadelphia. The Hawks were 4-1 winners in their first visit to the building now known as the Wachovia Center on Nov. 9, 1996, but have dropped 10 in a row in Philadelphia since then, including Games 3 and 4.
-- Time between Philadelphia's fourth and fifth shots of the game -- both of which wound up in the Chicago net. Mike Richards
scored a power-play goal at 4:35; the Flyers didn't get another shot until 14:48, when Matt Carle
scored to give Philadelphia a 2-0 lead. Philadelphia led 3-1 after one period, the first time the Flyers were ahead by two goals entering the first intermission.
-- Points by Leino, the most ever in a playoff year by a Philadelphia rookie. Leino surpassed the previous team record set by Brian Propp
in 1980. His 7 goals are also a Flyers' playoff record for rookies. Leino's 16 points are the most by a rookie in one playoff year since Chicago's Jeremy Roenick
had 18 in 1990.
-- Number of times the Flyers have been tied 2-2 in a best-of-7 playoff series. They are 13-6 in the first 19.
-- Players who have scored at least one goal in this series, including four in Game 4. Flyers captain Mike Richards
and defensemen Matt Carle
had their first goals of the series when they beat Antti Niemi
in the opening period of Game 4, and Chicago defenseman Brian Campbell
got his first of the series late in the third period before Philadelphia's Jeff Carter
got his first of the series by hitting the empty net.
-- Combined goals by Chicago and Philadelphia in the first four games. That's the most in the first four games of a Stanley Cup Final since 1981, when the New York Islanders
and Minnesota North Stars combined for 36 in the first four games of the Isles' six-game victory.
-- All-time playoff wins in Game 4 of a series for the Flyers, against 32 losses. However, the Flyers are 4-0 in Game 4s this season, beating New Jersey, Boston, Montreal and Chicago.
-- Faceoffs in Game 4, by far the most of any game in the series. Chicago won 50 -- nearly half by Toews, who went 24-9 on 33 faceoffs
-- Games played by the Blackhawks so far this season, the most ever in franchise history. Chicago played 99 last season; the previous franchise high was 100 in 1989-90.
-- Time in this series before the Flyers were able to take a two-goal lead. The Flyers led for 20:45 in the first three games, never more by one goal, and for 10:13 in the first period of Game 4 before Carle's goal made it 2-0.
-- Fans attending Game 4 at the Wachovia Center, the largest crowd ever to see a hockey game in the state of Pennsylvania. The previous record was 20,297 for Game 3. The crowd also boosted the Flyers over the 1 million mark in combined home attendance for the regular season and playoffs (1,000,372) for the first time since 1999-2000.