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Philadelphia
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44-27-11
Chicago
Blackhawks
46-24-12

18 SOG
38 SOG
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PHI
CHI
game recap

Blackhawks 5, Flyers 1

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 5:16 AM

Associated Press

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Blackhawks 5, Flyers 1
Philadelphia Flyers 1, Chicago Blackhawks 5

CHICAGO (AP) -Another huge crowd. Another big victory for the Chicago Blackhawks.

Patrick Sharp scored his team-leading 19th goal of the season and the Chicago Blackhawks won their eighth straight to match the franchise record, beating the Philadelphia Flyers 5-1 on Friday night.

"It's tough to find a weakness in our team right now," Sharp said. "The best thing about these eight games is that our team's stayed pretty mellow the whole time. We're enjoying the ride, but we're not getting too far ahead of ourselves."

In front of a franchise regular-season record crowd of 22,712, Andrew Ladd, Brian Campbell, Kris Versteeg and Dave Bolland also scored, and Nikolai Khabibulin made 17 saves. The Blackhawks also won eight straight games in December 1971 and January 1981.

Mike Richards scored for Philadelphia. The Flyers were 2-0-1 in their last three games.

Philadelphia coach John Stevens refused to use the Flyers' flight delay, which forced the cancellation of their morning skate, as an excuse.

"This team has lost only one game at home this year for a reason," Stevens said about the Blackhawks, 11-1-4 at home. "I thought we were cheating all over the ice. We ended up taking too many penalties."

The Blackhawks took a 2-0 lead in the first 3 minutes.

Ladd skated past Philadelphia center Jeff Carter at 1:13, following up Martin Havlat's shot to beat goalie Martin Biron on a rebound from the middle of the slot.

"I don't know if they had their legs," Ladd said. "They're a team that's big and strong and skates well."

Sharp scored at 2:35, lifting a hard wrist shot over Biron from the crease after taking a pass from Patrick Kane.

After outshooting Philadelphia 14-1 in the second period, Chicago broke the game open early in the third. Campbell and Versteeg scored on 5-on-3 power plays, and Bolland also scored in the first 6 minutes.

"If you don't score there, they get a lot of momentum," Chicago coach Joel Quenneville said of the two-man advantages. "We did a lot of smart things tonight. Took shots, went to the net. The simpler we play, the better we are. This was one of our better games all year, in all aspects."

Philadelphia's one shot in the second period, by Aaron Asham, tied a franchise low.

"That's unacceptable," winger Joffrey Lupul said. "We've got a lot of guys who are shooters and like to get to the net."

Notes: The Flyers' morning skate was canceled because their flight was diverted from Midway Airport to O'Hare Airport thanks to a taxiway blocked by a Southwest Airlines plane. The team's plane landed at O'Hare at noon, with the buses and equipment truck still at Midway. NHL policy calls for teams to fly to its next game the night before, with the exception a game the day after Christmas. ... Philadelphia center Glen Metropolit was back in the lineup after missing three games because a back injury. Chicago activated defenseman Aaron Johnson from injured reserve. He missed 11 games because of an injured left arm.

scoring summary
1st Period
01:13
CHI
Andrew Ladd (7) ASST: Martin Havlat (16), Dave Bolland (14)
1 - 0 CHI
02:35
CHI
Patrick Sharp (19) ASST: Patrick Kane (24)
2 - 0 CHI
07:42
PHI
Mike Richards (15) ASST: Arron Asham (3), Jeff Carter (15)
2 - 1 CHI
2nd Period
NONE
3rd Period
00:39
CHI
PPG - Brian Campbell (6) ASST: James Wisniewski (4), Patrick Kane (25)
3 - 1 CHI
04:07
CHI
PPG - Kris Versteeg (9) ASST: Dustin Byfuglien (7), Martin Havlat (17)
4 - 1 CHI
05:07
CHI
Dave Bolland (7) ASST: Brian Campbell (19), Troy Brouwer (9)
5 - 1 CHI
penalty summary
1st Period
05:27
PHI
Arron Asham  Interference against  Patrick Sharp
11:49
PHI
Randy Jones  Holding the stick against  Andrew Ladd
19:59
CHI
Jonathan Toews  Slashing against  Mike Knuble
2nd Period
01:10
PHI
Mike Knuble  Tripping against  Brent Seabrook
06:56
PHI
Josh Gratton  Fighting (maj) against  Craig Adams
06:56
CHI
Craig Adams  Fighting (maj) against  Josh Gratton
19:04
PHI
Joffrey Lupul  Slashing against  Martin Havlat
20:00
PHI
Simon Gagne  Holding against  Patrick Sharp
3rd Period
02:13
PHI
Braydon Coburn  Hooking against  Patrick Kane
02:19
PHI
Darroll Powe  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
06:10
CHI
Andrew Ladd  Slashing against  Jeff Carter
12:47
CHI
Troy Brouwer  Fighting (maj) against  Mike Richards
12:47
PHI
Mike Richards  Fighting (maj) against  Troy Brouwer
12:47
PHI
Mike Richards  Slashing against  Troy Brouwer
goalie stats
Martin Biron
SA: 38TOI: 59:58
Saves: 33EV: 26 - 29
PIM: 0PP: 7 - 9
SV%: .868SH: 0 - 0
Nikolai Khabibulin
SA: 18TOI: 59:28
Saves: 17EV: 16 - 17
PIM: 0PP: 1 - 1
SV%: .944SH: 0 - 0