Duncan Keith and Andrew Shaw scored 39 seconds apart from each other in the early minutes of the second period. This kick-started the avalanche of goals in the second period for Chicago. Michael Handzus scored a short-hander soon after the first 2 goals. It was reviewed to make sure it didn't go off his skate. He definitely kicked it in, but it grazed the blade of his stick at the last second to count for a good goal.
Downie scored 44 seconds later on a tie-up in front of the net to momentarily slow the Blackhawks' momentum, but that was short-lived. Jonathan Toews (off a deflection) and former Flyer, Kris Versteeg, piled 2 more on for the Blackhawks to end the 5-goal second.
Emery was pulled a minute into the third when Brent Seabrook scored on a slapshot. Ray posted an abysmal 12 saves on 18 shots and what's worse is he didn't even get to kick Raanta's ass.
Patrick Sharp put the icing on the cake with a power play goal with 10 minutes left in the game. The last goal of the game and his 15th this season.
The Flyers out-hit the Blackhawks 35 to 8, but that goes to show you don't need to lead in hits if you're playing smart enough make your possessions count. The Flyers should have played better tonight, but I wouldn't eat too much into this loss, coming to the league-best 23-6-5 Blackhawks at the very end of a long-road trip, a trip that did not make too much sense itinerary-wise. Detroit then down to Dallas then back up to Ottawa in a 5-day span?
Our old friend, Danny Briere, comes back to Philadelphia tomorrow night as the Flyers return home for the first time in 7 games to take on the Canadiens. I'd be lying if I said I wasn't excited to see Briere return. Easily one of the most likable figures in sports. Still, he must be defeated. The Flyers are now second to last in the Metropolitan and need to go on another run to stay relevant.
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