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Get your game notes: Flyers at Hurricanes

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Tonight on NBCSN, it’s the Carolina Hurricanes hosting the Philadelphia Flyers, starting at 7:30 p.m. ET. Following are some game notes, as compiled by the NHL on NBC research team:

— Claude Giroux has gone 19 games since scoring his most recent goal on April 15, 2013, at Montreal. Prior to his current drought, the Flyers captain had never gone more than 13 consecutive regular-season games without a goal (Mar. 11-Apr. 2, 2010). During the time Giroux has gone goalless, 521 different players league-wide have found the back of the net at least once. (Elias Sports Bureau)

— The Flyers and Hurricanes are the only teams in the NHL without a player with double-digit points. Vincent Lecavalier and Brayden Schenn lead the way for Philadelphia with seven points apiece, while Jeff Skinner (currently on injured reserve with an upper-body injury) leads Carolina with nine.

— Flyers forward Scott Hartnell has 230 career goals, but none in 2013-14 (nine games played). Only one active player who has not scored this season has more career goals: Rangers forward Rick Nash (310 career goals, three games played in 2013-14).

— One season after finishing with the NHL’s worst home-ice record (9-14-1), the Hurricanes enter tonight with a 1-3-3 record in Raleigh. Their only win came against the Flyers, in Peter Laviolette’s final game as Philadelphia’s coach. Laviolette led the ‘Canes to their only Stanley Cup championship in 2006.

— On Mar. 13, 2013, the Hurricanes led the now-defunct Southeast Division with a 15-9-1 record. In their 37 games since then, they are 8-23-6 (.297), for the NHL’s worst record during that span.

— Heading into the 2013-14 season, the Flyers goaltending tandem of Steve Mason and Ray Emery were a combined lifetime 10-0-0 vs. the Hurricanes, with a 1.32 GAA and .958 save%. The stat line changed only slightly after the Flyers lost 2-1 in Raleigh on Oct. 6, with Mason in net. Emery is 5-0-0 lifetime vs. Carolina, with a 0.74 GAA and .977 save%, while Mason is 5-1-0, with a 1.84 GAA and .941 save%.

— The Flyers lead the NHL in penalty minutes (278), and are tied for the league lead in major penalties (14, Buffalo) and misconducts (5, St. Louis). Since 2007-08, Philadelphia has finished among the top-three in penalty minutes five of six seasons. Their 7,641 penalty minutes during that span outpace the second-most penalized team (Anaheim) by 643 PIMs.

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Oshie’s hat trick lets Caps just barely squeak by Penguins in OT

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What a start.

This series between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Washington Capitals might be headlined by Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin, but as many have said in the lead-up to tonight’s opener, there is so much more to this second round matchup than that. Washington’s 4-3 overtime victory in Game 1 tonight could be offered up as Exhibit A.

This game had everything except big offensive showings from Crosby and Ovechkin. They had their moments, but in the end combined for just one assist.

What we got instead was a hat trick by T.J. Oshie that was completed with a game-winning goal that made it past the line by such a narrow margin that it warranted a video review:

This game also featured a sequence of three goals in 90 seconds and yet also some great saves by goaltenders Braden Holtby and Matt Murray. At the other end of the spectrum, there was a controversial hit by Tom Wilson that might lead to a suspension.

There was even some odd stuff. Like how Jay Beagle got a stick stuck in his equipment.

Twice:

If this game sets the tone for the rest of the series, then we should be in for a closely contested, highlight filled affair.

NOTES:

Nick Bonino had a goal and an assist for the Penguins. Evgeni Malkin and Ben Lovejoy accounted for the Penguins’ other markers.

— Capitals forward Andre Burakovsky scored the game’s opening goal. It was his first marker of the 2016 playoffs.

— Washington outshot Pittsburgh 15-9 in the first period, but Pittsburgh ended up with a 45-35 edge.

— This is the first time in the 2016 playoffs that Braden Holtby has allowed more than two goals. He surrendered just five goals in six games to Philadelphia.

— Matt Murray suffered his first career postseason loss after winning three straight contests against the New York Rangers.

Video: Wilson delivers late, knee-on-knee hit to Sheary

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Tom Wilson has already found himself in a controversy for delivering a late, knee-on-knee hit to Penguins forward Conor Sheary in the third period of Game 1 Thursday night.

You can see that incident below:

Wilson spent two minutes in the sin bin earlier in the contest for crosschecking Evgeni Malkin, but there was no penalty on this play.

Fortunately Conor Sheary was able to stay in the game. The question now is if Wilson’s actions will lead to him being suspended prior to Game 2.

This isn’t Wilson’s first brush with controversy. He delivered a big hit to Brayden Schenn in 2013, but Wilson wasn’t suspended for that incident. Lubomir Visnovsky’s final campaign was cut short due to a check by Wilson that angered the New York Islanders. More recently, Nikita Zadorov was concussed by a crushing blow from the Capitals forward.

In 231 career regular season games, Wilson has 50 points and 486 penalty minutes.

Related: Wilson says ‘I’ve never been a dirty hitter’ after teams voice complaints

Video: Penguins, Caps combine for three goals in 90 seconds

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For the first 30 minutes of Game 1 between Pittsburgh and Washington it looked like goaltenders Matt Murray and Braden Holtby might outshine these star-studded offenses. Then the floodgates opened up, if only for a moment.

Washington already had a 1-0 lead going into the second frame courtesy of Andre Burakovsky‘s first marker of the 2016 playoffs, but Ben Lovejoy and Evgeni Malkin scored back-to-back goals within the span of 57 seconds midway through the second period to tilt the scale in Pittsburgh’s favor. That lead didn’t last for long though as Capitals forward T.J. Oshie got a breakaway opportunity and took full advantage of it.

In total, there were three goals scored in the span of just 90 seconds and you can see all of them below:

After that sequence, the 2-2 tie held for the remainder of the frame. However, Oshie was able to reassert Washington’s edge just 3:23 minutes into the third period.

Video: Beagle gets stick stuck in visor

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Through 40 minutes of action in Game 1 of the second round series between Pittsburgh and Washington and we’ve already seen some big moments, along with a pretty unusual one.

Beagle ended up with a stick lodged into his visor towards the end of the second frame. He tried to get it out himself, but ended up having to go to the bench for assistance. You can see that below: