Had the Flyers ended their playoff series with the Penguins Wednesday night, it is a fairly safe bet the two teams would have combined for a record-total number of goals in a four-game series. They entered Game 4 with 32 and something as simple as a 3-2 Flyers victory would have ended the series and broken the league mark.
But instead, they move on to Game 5 with the clubs having combined for 45 tallies, seven off the standard set for a series that ended in five games.
The six-game mark is off the charts (69 goals; see game-by-game below) and we don't even want to discuss the possibility of a Game 7.
Here are the most combined goals for each length of series:
|Four||36||1972||Boston Bruins||St. Louis Blues||4-0||28- 8|
|36||1983||Minnesota North Stars||Toronto Maple Leafs||3-1||18-18|
|36||1983||Edmonton Oilers||Chicago Black Hawks||4-0||25-11|
|35||1981||New York Rangers||Los Angeles Kings||3-1||23-12|
|Five||52||1987||Edmonton Oilers||Los Angeles Kings||4-1||32-20|
|50||1982||Los Angeles Kings||Edmonton Oilers||3-2||27-23|
|48||1983||Edmonton Oilers||Calgary Flames||4-1||35-13|
|48||1988||Calgary Flames||Los Angeles Kings||4-1||30-18|
|Six||69||1985||Edmonton Oilers||Chicago Black Hawks||4-2||44-25|
|62||1985||Chicago Black Hawks||Minnesota North Stars||4-2||33-29|
|61||1993||Los Angeles Kings||Calgary Flames||4-2||33-28|
|Seven||61||1995||San Jose Sharks||Calgary Flames||4-3||26-35|
|60||1984||Edmonton Oilers||Calgary Flames||4-3||33-27|
Here are the scores for the 1985 Campbell Conference Final that set the NHL mark for most combined goals in one playoff series (home team in caps):