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A new standard - 5-26-09

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

How impressive has the Penguins' offense been this series? While they've only played three games this round, they have scored an average of 5.33 goals per game against the Hurricanes. That average is more than a half a goal better than their previous best mark for a single series. Take a look:

Opponent, Year Result Games
Played
Total
Goals
Average
Goals
Per Game
Hurricanes, 2009 Penguins lead, 3-0 3 16 5.33
Rangers, 1989 Penguins won, 4-0 4 19 4.75
Bruins, 1992 Penguins won, 4-0 4 19 4.75
North Stars, 1991 Penguins won, 4-2 6 28 4.67
Devils, 1993 Penguins won, 4-1 5 23 4.60
Blues, 1975 Penguins won, 2-0 2 9 4.50
Bruins, 1991 Penguins won, 4-2 6 27 4.50
Blues, 1981       Blues won, 3-2 5 21 4.20
Rangers, 1996 Penguins won, 4-1 5 21 4.20
Capitals, 1995 Penguins won, 4-3 7 29 4.14
Rangers, 1992 Penguins won, 4-2 6 24 4.00
Senators, 2008 Penguins won, 4-0 4 16 4.00
Flyers, 2008 Penguins won, 4-1 5 20 4.00
Islanders, 1993
Islanders won, 4-3 7 27 3.86
Capitals, 1991 Penguins won, 4-1 5 19 3.80

We full realize now that we've published this, Cam Ward will set an NHL record with 93 saves and lead Carolina to a 1-0 octuple-overtime win and totally render our list obsolete, but we wanted to put it out there before that average came down.

That said, it's simply amazing to see some of numbers this Penguins team is putting up in comparison to the high-flying teams of the early 1990s.

(Photo: Grant  Halverson/Getty Images)

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