Saturday, February 13, 2016

The Giroux 14 vs. the Kerr 15

A look at two Flyers' high-scoring playoff series.

The Giroux 14 vs. the Kerr 15


As the Flyers kick off their second-round series against the Devils Sunday, we take a look at how Claude Giroux's 14-point first-round performance compared to the Flyers' record of 15 set by Tim Kerr in 1989. Their game-by-game totals are below.


♦ Kerr had two of the Flyers' four game-winning goals in the series. Giroux had none, although his tally 32 seconds into Game 6 could have just as well counted as one.

♦ Kerr had points on 15 of the Flyers' 31 goals in the series, Giroux on 14 of 30.

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♦ The two combined for just one goal in the Game 1s, but  ...

♦ They combined for nine points in the Game 2s as each had a hat trick. Kerr squeezed his three goals into an 11:23 span of the first period. Giroux had two in the second period and sealed the deal with an empty-netter.

♦ Each player had a point on the Flyers' first goal of games four times.

♦ Kerr, battling a broken thumb, failed to record a point in the following series as the Flyers managed just eight goals is a six-game loss to the Canadiens.

TIM KERR (1989 Patrick Division Finals)
 Date  Site  Result    G     A   Pts.   PP    SH  GW 
 April 17  Pittsburgh  L  3-  4    1    0     1    1    0    0
 April 19  Pittsburgh  W 4-  2    3    0     3    2    0    1
 April 21  Spectrum  L  3-  4 (ot)     0    2     2    0    0    0
 April 23  Spectrum  W 4-  1    2    0     2    2    0    1
 April 25  Pittsburgh  L  7-10    2    2     4    0    0    0
 April 27  Spectrum  W 6-  2    2    0     2    0    0    0
 April 29  Pittsburgh  W 4-  1    0    1     1    0    0    0
   Totals          10     5    15     5    0     2
CLAUDE GIROUX (2012 First Round)
 Date  Site  Result    G     A Pts.  PP    SH   GW 
 April 11  Pittsburgh   W 4-  3 (ot)    0    0    0    0    0    0
 April 13  Pittsburgh  W 8-  5    3    3    6    1    1    0
 April 15  Wells Fargo    W 8-  4    1    1    2    0    0    0
 April 18  Wells Fargo  L  3-10    1    1    2    1    0     0
 April 20  Pittsburgh  L  2-  3    0    1    1    0    0    0
 April 22  Wells Fargo  W 5-  1    1    2    3    0    0    0
   Totals        6     8  14    2    1    0
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