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It's All About "Getting Even" For Both Flyers and Penguins In Game 6

When the Philadelphia Flyers and Pittsburgh Penguins take to the ice at noon, they will both be attempting to get even in their own rights.

The most obvious is Pittsburgh's quest to win their third consecutive game to even the series at 3-3, and force an improbable Game 7 on Tuesday night back in the Steel City.

But the Flyers also have some work to do at evening things up.

On the other side of the ledger, Philadelphia's play at even strength has been extremely lacking, as they have not scored a goal other than on the power play in almost seven full periods of hockey. The last was when Claude Giroux scored at the 27 second mark of Game 3 last Sunday afternoon, with the six markers coming since that time being via the man advantage.

That's 139:33 of game time that the Orange-and-Black have not scored while skating at even manpower.

The Penguins have outscored Philly by an 8-0 count while at even strength since Giroux's Game 3 goal, and it's something that has to change if the Flyers have any realistic hopes of closing out their cross-state rivals in this series.

As a matter of fact, 14 of the 25 goals Philadelphia has scored in the series have been from their special teams units. That is a whopping 56% of the Flyers offense coming by special teams. The team has been successful on 11-20 power play attempts -- a torrid 55% -- while also potting three shorthanded tallies -- one from Giroux, and two from ex-Penguin Maxime Talbot.

Whichever club finds success in Game 6, chances are they were able to "even things up".