The edge: No surprise
TribLIVE Sports Videos
Maybe no one should be surprised if the Penguins and the Philadelphia Flyers return to Pittsburgh with the series tied, forcing a deciding seventh game. They were tied -- or close to it -- in darn near everything during the regular season.
Before the series, Flyers coach John Stevens referred to the teams' similar numbers as "startling."
And so they were:
â€¢ Each team finished with 99 points.
â€¢ Each team scored 264 goals.
â€¢ The Penguins gave up 239 goals, the Flyers 238.
â€¢ The Penguins were 25-13-3 on home ice. The Flyers were 24-13-4.
â€¢ The Penguins were 20-15-6 on the road. The Flyers were 20-14-7.
â€¢ The Penguins killed 82.7 percent of penalties, the Flyers 83 percent.
Now, five games into a series that shifts to Wachovia Center for Game 6 this afternoon:
â€¢ Each team has scored 13 goals, including one apiece into an empty net.
â€¢ Each team has five power-play goals.
â€¢ Penguins goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury has a .929 save percentage; Flyers goalie Martin Biron is at .927.
â€¢ The Penguins' power play is sputtering along at 13.8 percent, the Flyers at 11.1 percent.
"I think we anticipated the Flyers to play hard and well and play like this," Penguins coach Dan Bylsma said. "They've met our expectations."
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Penguins GM Rutherford: Malkin’s play belies fact he missed training camp
- Penguins notebook: After slow start, penalty kill on upswing
- Penguins assistant coach Tocchet wants Letang to shoot more on power play
- Penguins’ defenseman Maatta confident of full recovery