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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?

Full breakdown of Flyers' 2018-19 schedule

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Full breakdown of Flyers' 2018-19 schedule

The NHL released the 2018-19 82-game regular-season schedule for all 31 teams Thursday night as the Flyers will open up in Las Vegas Oct. 4 before continuing on to Colorado Oct. 6 and then hosting the San Jose Sharks Oct. 9.

The Flyers' entire schedule can be found here.

Month-by-month breakdown

• October —12 (six home, six away, one back-to-back)
• November — 12 (seven home, five away, one back-to-back)
• December — 14 (four home, 10 away, three back-to-backs)
• January —13 (seven home, six away, two back-to-backs)
• February —13 (nine home, four away, two back-to-backs)
• March — 15 (seven home, eight away, three back-to-backs)
• April — 3 (one home, two away, no back-to-backs)

The Flyers have just 12 games on back-to-back nights, which is typically on the low end of a team’s schedule — they’ve had at least 15 back-to-backs in each of the past three seasons. Last season, the Edmonton Oilers had the fewest back-to-backs with just nine. 

Home-and-homes

The Flyers have a pair of home-and-home dates on their schedule — Nov. 5-8 against the Arizona Coyotes and a true home-and-home with the Detroit Red Wings Feb. 16-17.

December road tripping

The Flyers have two separate five-game road trips within the month of December. Last season, the Flyers' longest road trip was four games to begin their 82-game schedule. From Dec. 8-15, the Flyers will hit all four time zones starting in Buffalo before wrapping up the trip in Vancouver.  

Much less travel over second half

The midway point of the Flyers' season comes after Jan. 5 at home against the Calgary Flames. Over their final 41 games, they will leave the Eastern time zone just three times in a span of four games (Feb. 12 at Minnesota, March 21 at Chicago, April 2-4 at Dallas and St. Louis).

Waiting for the champs

Alex Ovechkin and the Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals come to South Broad for the first time on March 6 and again eight days later on March 14 in their only two games at the Wells Fargo Center.

The rival Pittsburgh Penguins don’t come to Philadelphia until Feb. 11 and the Flyers will host them one final time just 12 days later when they face off at Lincoln Financial Field as part of the NHL’s Stadium Series.

November is easiest

The Flyers' easiest month comes in November with just 12 games over 30 days, including a five-game homestand from Nov. 8-17. Of their 12 opponents, only five made the Stanley Cup Playoffs last season.

A kind finish?

The Flyers close out the regular season with eight non-playoff contenders over their final 10 games, including their last five games.  

Other games of interest

• Friday after Thanksgiving — vs. New York Rangers at 1 p.m. 

• New Year's Day — at Nashville Predators at 8:30 p.m. 

Flyers' full 2018-19 schedule released

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Flyers' full 2018-19 schedule released

The Flyers’ full 2018-19 schedule is finally here.

We already knew the orange and the black would open their season in Vegas on Thursday, Oct. 4, with the home opener coming vs. the Sharks on Tuesday, Oct. 9, at the Wells Fargo Center (see story).

But there are some juicy new tidbits here, including the previously announced Stadium Series game vs. the Penguins at the Linc on Saturday, Feb. 23. Some dates to circle: 

• The Flyers' annual holiday road trip is from Dec. 23-Jan. 1. It features five games coming against the Rangers, Lightning, Panthers, Hurricanes and Predators.

• As we've seen with the Flyers, the final few games of the regular season tend to have massive importance. This year, the team has a pair of Western Conference road games against the Stars and Blues before the regular-season finale at home against the Hurricanes (see full breakdown).

• You always want to know when you can first get a taste of the Flyers-Penguins rivalry. The team's first game against Pittsburgh comes on the road Dec. 1. Flyers fans will have to wait until Feb. 11 for the Penguins to visit the Wells Fargo Center.

• The Flyers don't see the defending champions until Jan. 8 when they visit the Capitals. Washington doesn't come to the Wells Fargo Center until March 6.

• Looking for a lengthy stretch of home games? The Flyers' longest homestand is five games — there are two of them from Nov. 8-17 and Feb. 2-11.

Check out the full schedule here.