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5 craziest stats from Phantoms' 5-overtime playoff win

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5 craziest stats from Phantoms' 5-overtime playoff win

Thought that Sixers game was a thriller?

You should have seen Bojangles' Coliseum.

That's where the Lehigh Valley Phantoms played five overtimes (not a typo) during Game 4 of their second-round playoff series with the Charlotte Checkers.

And lived to secure a 2-1 win.

So just how wild was this game for the Flyers' AHL affiliate?

Let's look at five of the craziest stats from the victory, which gave the Phantoms a 3-1 series lead.

1. The record books
The game started at 7:03 p.m. and ended at 1:10 a.m. when Alex Krushelnyski netted the game-winner. It marked the longest game in AHL history.

2. Heart of a Lyon
Goalie prospect Alex Lyon, who played 11 games with the Flyers this season, was incredible.

The guy stopped 94 of 95 shots faced over 146:53 of ice time. 

He was probably a little tired postgame.

He fell four saves shy of the AHL single-game record set by former Flyer Michael Leighton, who denied 98 shots in 2008 for the Albany River Rats.

Guess who beat Leighton? The Phantoms.

3. All the pucks
The Flyers' organization likes to play long hockey games.

Lehigh Valley was ready to call some reinforcements.

4. No shot, right?
The Phantoms were outshot, 95-53.

Still, no problem (thanks, Lyon).

Danick Martel scored in the first period before Lehigh Valley went the rest of the way without a goal until Krushelnyski's heroics.

In fact, Lehigh Valley was outshot in every stanza — the three regulation periods and first four overtimes — except the final bonus session in which both teams tallied six shots.

5. Saving the day
To put Lyon's 94-save effort into context — Brian Elliott made 83 saves in four postseason games for the Flyers, while Michal Neuvirth made 61 in three contests.

That's not a knock on those netminders. It just shows you how much Lyon did in one actual hockey game that probably felt like a full seven-game series.

Game 5 is Saturday at 6 p.m.

How does six overtimes sound?

2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs schedule: Maple Leafs, Golden Knights can clinch on home ice

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2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs schedule: Maple Leafs, Golden Knights can clinch on home ice

Four first-round playoff series remain alive.

Two of those four series could end Sunday.

Both the Maple Leafs and Golden Knights can advance to the second round if they win their respective Game 6s on home ice.

Below is the full schedule for Day 12 of the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs. You can watch the entire playoffs on the networks of NBC. 

Boston Bruins at Toronto Maple Leafs (TOR 3-2)
Game 6, Eastern Conference first round
3 p.m. ET | TV: NBC | Live stream here

San Jose Sharks at Vegas Golden Knights (VGK 3-2)
Game 6, Western Conference first round
7 p.m. ET | TV: NBCSN | Live stream here

Old acquaintances, new acquaintances and Flyers flavor as Alain Vigneault gets head start

Old acquaintances, new acquaintances and Flyers flavor as Alain Vigneault gets head start

These are chaotic times for Alain Vigneault.

Exciting, of course, but chaotic — much different than last April and throughout the 2018-19 season when he was without a job.

"After a year off and figuring out I'll never be the golfer that I thought I would be, it's time for me to get back to work," he said Thursday with a smile.

Back into the workforce in full force.

Not only does Vigneault have a new job, he's got two of them … starting at once.

He was introduced as the Flyers' new head coach Thursday. He is also the bench boss for Team Canada in the 2019 IIHF World Championship from May 10-26.

As busy as it is, coaching in the worlds will give Vigneault a head start on getting to know two of his most important players with the Flyers: Sean Couturier and Carter Hart.

Team Canada will also provide a unique situation with plenty of Flyers ties.

The tournament will serve as a job interview of sorts for Flyers goalie coach Kim Dillabaugh. The statuses of the team's assistant coaches Dillabaugh, Kris Knoblauch (power play), Ian Laperriere (penalty kill) and Rick Wilson (defensemen) appear nebulous with a new head coach in town.

Because of his time with Hart, Dillabaugh will join Team Canada.

"Right now, we have a solid, young goaltender that all I've heard about were positive things," Vigneault said of Hart and the Flyers' situation in net. "We're going to be able to work with him at the world championships. We decided [Wednesday], with Hockey Canada, to also bring a goalie coach — we're going to bring the Flyers' goalie coach to the world championships. He's worked with Hart and he's had real good progression with him."

On Thursday, near the top of Vigneault's to-do-list was to discuss the Flyers' staff with general manager Chuck Fletcher and meet the current assistant coaches. Fletcher said: "We're going to talk a little bit more today and a little bit over the next week or two. I don't think it's going to be a rush to hire or a rush to judgment here."

Couturier will be playing for his new coach and his old coach Dave Hakstol, who is on Team Canada's staff. Former Flyers general manager Ron Hextall is also a part of Team Canada's management group.

Don't expect Vigneault to seek out advice from Hakstol regarding the Flyers. That would be a tad bit awkward.

"I'm going to lean on him for the tournament but I'm not going to ask Dave or Ron Hextall anything about players with the Flyers," Vigneault said. "I've said to Chuck that I want to come here with everybody fresh, clean, no preconceived notion. Players are going to come and they're going to show me what they can do. 

"Those would be two great sources for me to ask, but I'd rather trust my eyes, talk to the guys, get to know them and get a personal feel for who they are, what they can do and what they can bring."

Players like Couturier, Hart and Claude Giroux shouldn't have a problem showing what they bring to the table. They're three of the Flyers' surest bets right now.

Giroux chatted with Vigneault on Thursday at Flyers Skate Zone.

"Everything I've heard about him is this passion to win," Vigneault said of the Flyers' captain.

As for Giroux on his new coach: "Very excited," he said via text message to NBC Sports Philadelphia's Marc Farzetta. "Heard a lot of great things."

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