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Flyers and Penguins Upping The Score

The Flyers and Penguins are scoring at a record pace.

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
Bob Vetrone Jr.
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Boop – who goes by Bob Vetrone Jr. when he is undercover or paying bills – has been at the Daily News since 1982, after working for five years at the Philadelphia Bulletin up to its closing. Along with helping to build the sports scoreboards most nights, he has had great input into the papers’ special sports pullouts – March Madness, Broad Street Run, Record Breakers, Greatest Moments – as well as its day-to-day, award-winning event coverage.

A 1980 graduate of North Catholic, he took some evening college courses. Those lasted right up until the first conflict with a Big 5 doubleheader.

His favorite books growing up were the NBA Guide and the Baseball Encyclopedia, which was, for all intents and purposes, the Internet before there was an Internet.

He has been immersed in sports statistics since the early 70s, when his father (long-time sports writer, broadcaster and the Daily News’ Buck The Bartender), would take him into the Bulletin newsroom overnight in the summer and let him update the Phillies statistics in a little, black spiral notebook. But things have changed tremendously in the decades since … He now uses a big, black spiral notebook.

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