The Chicago Blackhawks hosted the Philadelphia Flyers hoped to get back in the win column, 3 points behind the Dallas Stars and St. Louis Blues for the division lead. that didn't happen, as the visiting Flyers came from behind twice, to beat the Blackhawks, 3-2.
Overall, the Blackhawks played their first good period in a long time. While short-handed, Marian Hossa gave the Hawks a lead as he scored on Michal Neuvirth on a breakaway. The Hawks then took a second penalty late in the period and a familiar result occurred. A failed penalty kill, as many of the latest failed penalty kills, Scott Darling, who got the start tonight, was completely screened and never saw the shot. The period ended, tied at 1.
In the 2nd, the Blackhawks could not convert on their 3rd power play of the evening, but shortly afterwards, a persistent Jonathan Toews tried a wraparound chance and then followed up with a rebound that went into the back of the net to give the Hawks a 2-1 lead, 3:58 into the period. Later in the period, Niklas Hjalmarsson got too aggressive in the Flyers zone, and it resulted in an odd man break the other way, where Brayden Schenn finished with a slap shot outside the reach of Darling to tie the game at 2.
Half way through the 3rd period, the Flyers got some 'Luck of the Irish' as a shot from the point by Radko Gudas, deflected off of Christian Ehrhoff's stick, and bounced into the Blackhawks net, to give the Flyers their first lead of the night, 3-2. That was how it would end.
Notable Mentions: Patrick Kane tallied his 90th point tonight. He's the first Blackhawk to hit that mark since Jeremy Roenick in 1993-94 (107). Marian Hossa's short-handed goal tonight, extends his active-leader total of 32 career SHGs. Blackhawks were a dismal 38% from the faceoff dot tonight.
Three Stars Of The Game
1st - PHI - Claude Giroux - 1A, 76% FO%
2nd - PHI - Braydon Schenn - 1G
3rd - PHI - Michal Neuvirth - 24 Saves, .923 SV%
Next Game: Friday, March 18th, Away Vs. Winnipeg Jets, 7PM CT
Previous meetings between Chicago and Winnipeg:
Winnipeg Jets - 1 at Chicago Blackhawks - 3, 12/06/15
Winnipeg Jets - 0 at Chicago Blackhawks - 2, 12/11/15
LET'S GO HAWKS!!!