Flyers and Penguins Upping The Score

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:

Games Goals  Year     Winner  Loser  Games  Goals
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):

 Date  Winner  Score  Loser  Score
 May   4  EDMONTON  11  Chicago    2
 May   7  EDMONTON    7  Chicago    3
 May   9  CHICAGO    5  Edmonton    2
 May 12    CHICAGO    8  Edmonton    6
 May 14  EDMONTON  10  Chicago    5
 May 16  Edmonton    8  CHICAGO    2

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