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RECAP: Flyers 3, Blackhawks 1

Erik Gustafsson was the lone goal scorer for Chicago as they fell 3-1 to the visiting Philadelphia Flyers

by Chris Wescott / blackhawks.com

RAPID REACTION: The Philadelphia Flyers scored an empty-net goal late in the game to pull ahead 3-1 and keep the Blackhawks from securing a comeback. Chicago outshot the visitors 41-28 but it wasn't enough as they dropped the two-goal decision.

Video: Dylan Strome on loss to PHI

Chicago had numerous dangerous chances early in the game, including several on their first penalty kill. Carter Hart, however, kept the Blackhawks off the board with a flurry of saves.

Erik Gustafsson was the first and only Blackhawk to break Hart, scoring his 15th goal of the season at 10:39 of the opening frame. The defenseman was assisted by Gustav Forsling and Jonathan Toews.

At the other end, Corey Crawford denied a breakaway chance but the Flyers kept with it and eventually Corban Knight buried the equalizer at 15:43 of the first.

After two periods, the Blackhawks led the Flyers in shots 30-23 with both goalies turning in impressive nights.

With 10:10 remaining in the third, however, James van Riemsdyk scored his 26th of the season to put the Flyers ahead 2-1.

Sean Couturier scored the empty-netter with 1:14 left to seal the game for the Flyers and keep a big two points out of reach of the Blackhawks.

CLOSING IN: Toews is closing in on career highs in goals, assists and points. With his secondary assist on Gustafsson's goal, Toews moved to within two helpers of his career-high of 44 set in 2010-11. He's also just three points shy of his career-high of 76 points (2010-11) and three goals shy of his high of 34 (2008-09).

TALKING POINTS: "I think we played pretty hard tonight. We could have managed the puck better. I think they got a lot of their offense off our turnovers and us being careless with it, trying to do too much when they had five guys in the neutral zone. I think when we put pucks in behind them and got a little forecheck going we were much better and created more than enough. I liked our second period. We didn't give up much the last two periods but I would have liked us to just have our performance been a little more even over 60 minutes and probably that would have been enough to win." - Head Coach Jeremy Colliton

WHAT'S NEXT: The Blackhawks begin a back-to-back, home-and-home series against the Colorado Avalanche this Saturday in Denver. The game can be seen at 2 p.m. CT on NBCSCH or heard on WGN 720 or streamed on NHL.TV or via the NBCSCH MyTeamsApp.

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