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Morning jam: Overnight game facts

4/16/2012

• The Flyers took a commanding 3-0 lead in their series against the Penguins with an 8–4 home-ice win on Sunday, after winning the first two games of the series by scores of 4–3 and 8–5 in Pittsburgh. The two-team aggregate of 32 goals (Flyers 20, Penguins 12) is the highest total through the first three games of an NHL playoff series since the first-round matchup between the Oilers and Kings in 1987, when a record-tying 34 goals were scored (Edmonton 21, Los Angeles 13).

Danny Briere, Matt Read and Maxime Talbot each scored two goals for the Flyers. It was the first time in Flyers history that they had three multiple-goal scorers in the same playoff game, and only the third instance over the last 11 playoff years by any NHL team. The Red Wings had three multi-goal men in Game 4 of their series against Colorado in 2008 (Johan Franzen 3, Mikael Samuelsson 2, Henrik Zetterberg 2), and the Lightning had three in Game 5 of their first-round series against Pittsburgh last year (Simon Gagne 2, Pavel Kubina 2, Steven Stamkos 2).

The last team to score at least 16 goals in consecutive Stanley Cup playoff games is Wayne Gretzky's L.A. Kings in 1993, who scored 18 goals (9 in each) in consecutive games against the Calgary Flames. The Flyers had never scored 16 in consecutive Stanley Cup playoff games and the Penguins had never allowed 16 in consecutive Stanley Cup playoff games.

• The Panthers ended the longest playoff win drought in NHL history with their 4–2 victory against the Devils on Sunday night. It was Florida’s first postseason win in two days short of 15 years, since a 3–0 victory over the Rangers on April 17, 1997, in the opening game of a first-round series. The Panthers obliterated the old NHL record for the longest stretch with a playoff win, which was just under 12 years by the Red Wings, between wins on April 26, 1966, and April 11, 1978.

• Pekka Rinne made 41 saves to lead the Predators to a 3–2 win in Game 3 of their series against the Red Wings in Detroit. Rinne was 5–0–2 with a 1.66 goal-against average and .958 save percentage in the seven games in the 2011–12 regular season in which he faced 40 or more shots on goal, including a win over the Red Wings in Nashville on Dec. 15.