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RECAP: Blackhawks Fall to Flyers in Opener, 4-3

Patrick Kane's three-point night (1G, 2A) not enough as Chicago drops season opener to Philadelphia

by Carter Baum @CarterBaum /

PRAGUE - The Blackhawks dropped their first game of the 2019-20 season on Friday night to Philadelphia, 4-3, as part of the NHL Global Series in Prague, Czech Republic. 

Player of the Game: Patrick Kane with a goal and two primary assists on the night.

Stat of the Night: Playing in his 904th career reagular season game, Kane is now tied with Dennis Hull for eighth all-time in games played by a Blackhawk. Kane's assist on Alexander Nylander's opening goal made him the first Blackhawk to score a point in four countries (U.S., Canada, Finland, Czech Republic). 


Philadelphia took the early lead at 6:24 of the first. The puck bobbled on Dennis Gilbert alone in his own zone, and his ensuing clearance attempt was batted down by Thomas Konecny, who walked in to the top of the circle the other way to beat Corey Crawford with a wrister. 

The Blackhawks would answer less than 90 seconds later as Nylander picked up a feed from Kane in the neutral zone and brought it into the zone with speed. He pulled a quick toe drag before shifting to his left in the high slot and putting a wrister between the legs of Justin Braun to beat Carter Hart on the glove side at 7:44.

Video: CHI@PHI: Nylander wires wrister for equalizer

In the second frame, the Flyers would answer on the power play, as Oskar Lindblom fired a shot towards goal from the slot. Crawford enough of it with his glove to deflect the puck off the cross bar, but it hit Slater Koekkoek in the chest and into the Hawks net past a sprawled-out Crawford at 6:28.

Konecny would add his second of the night while the teams played 4-on-4 at 18:04 of the second. Off the rush, the forward pulled the puck to his backhand and lowered the shoulder to edge around Duncan Keith, before firing a backhander top corner to beat Crawford glove side for a 3-1 lead. 

The Blackhawks would once again answer quickly as Patrick Kane, from the half-wall, found newly-re-signed Alex DeBrincat in the slot, where the Cat fired a one-timer to beat Hart on the power play and pull Chicago within one with 12.2 seconds left in the middle frame. 

Video: CHI@PHI: DeBrincat buries feed from Kane for PPG

Philadelphia re-gained their two-goal lead at 9:48 of the third as Michael Raffl circled behind the Chicago net and ripped a backhander towards goal that deflected off traffic in front and in for a 4-2 Flyers lead. 

Kane continued his stellar night pulling the Hawks within one at 17:53 of the third with Crawford on the bench. Firing a shot through traffic, No. 88 notched his first of the season to make it 4-3.

Video: CHI@PHI: Kane puts home wrister through traffic


Chicago returns home to open a seven-game homestand beginning on Thursday, Oct. 10 as the San Jose Sharks visit the United Center (TICKETS)

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