By: Dan Esche (@DanTheFlyeraFan)
The Blackhawks come to Philly searching for their first win in the city for 22 years. Luckily for the Flyers, the ‘Hawks are on a six-game losing streak, so the Flyers hope this will be the game that will earn them their first three-game win streak of the season.
First period: The Flyers came out of the gate slow, but the Blackhawks failed to score during their extended control. Claude Giroux would be the first to break the ice as he wrangled a Duncan Keith Turnover and was able to deke around Crawford who came out of his net to challenge him.
Second period: The early story of the period was Corey Crawford, as he made big saves on Simmonds, Konency, and Laughton. Lindblom was sent to the box for a tripping infraction, but it was a strong Flyers penalty kill that lead to the next goal. Couturier was able to out-play Kunitz and score on Crawford right as the penalty expired, giving the Flyers a 2-0 lead through two periods.
Third period: The Blackhawks were trying their best to ruin Elliott’s shutout attempt by icing their top players on the same line. Couturier was credited with his second goal of the game as he threw the puck towards the ‘Hawks net and Brandon Manning put it in his own goal. Nolan Patrick scored on the empty net to give the Flyers a 4-0 victory. Elliott finished the day with 33 saves in his first shutout of the season.
Takeaways: It was an overall solid effort and win over a team they should have beaten. Hopefully this was the kind of momentum they need to start producing solid efforts with more consistency for the rest of the season.
Three stars of the game:
3) Claude Giroux
2) Sean Couturier
1) Brian Elliott
PHI: Couturier (Giroux)
PHI: Couturier (Giroux, Provorov)
PHI Patrick (Couturier)
photo credit: insidehockey.com