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POSTGAME 5: Nothing to show for it

Flyers press hard, but can't beat Crawford in 3-0 loss to Blackhawks

by @NHLFlyers


The Flyers fired 35 shots, including 15 in the third period, and had several scoring chances but couldn't get one past goaltender Corey Crawford to take a 3-0 loss on Wednesday Night Rivalry in Chicago.

The two teams were scoreless for nearly 30 minutes into the game, but Chicago capitalized on their fourth power play to take the opening lead. Just 20 second later, Hawks captain Jonathan Toews jumped on a bouncing puck and beat Brian Elliott on a breakaway to take a 2-0 lead.

From there, the Hawks shut it down in the third and added an empty net goal to end their three-game losing skid. Elliott stopped 32 of 34 shots in the loss while Crawford stopped all 35 he faced.

A 20-second span midway through the second period was the turning point in this one as the Blackhawks scored twice to take a stunning lead over the Flyers. Artem Anisimov jumped on a rebound off a shot from the point six seconds into the Hawks power play and snuck it past Elliott to break the scoreless tie. Shortly afterwards, Toews stole a bouncing puck at the Flyers blueline and went in all alone eventually beating Elliott five hole for the two-goal lead.


1. Corey Crawford: Secured his first shutout of the season, first against the Flyers and 22nd of his NHL career. 

2. Artem Anisimov: Had a goal and an assist, giving him goals in three straight games for the Hawks.

3. Jonathan Toews: Recorded his first goal in seven games, was a +1 on 19:47 of ice time. 


Within the 35 shots were several Grade-A scoring chances, especially from the top line with Voracek, Giroux and Couturier each with multiple chances. Couturier finished with six shots on goal and Giroux had three shots with over 22 minutes of TOI.

The Flyers even had opportunities in all alone on Crawford, who denied not just one, but two Flyers in this one… Valtteri Filppula was denied early in the first period as he tried to go low glove, while defenseman Travis Sanheim was denied a bid for his first NHL goal early in the second. Filppula was also as close as they come on a wrap around attempt in the second, but Crawford up to the task, going post-to-post.

Ivan Provorov played a career-high 29:51… It's the second consecutive game that Provorov has set a new career high in ice time. Tonight was Provorov's 95th career game; the 29:51 is the most in a regulation game for a Flyer with fewer than 100 career games since the time-on-ice statistic started to be officially kept in 1997. The only ones higher prior to a 100-game milestone were both overtime games - Alexandre Picard (32:42 in his 43rd game, Feb. 1, 2008) and Joni Pitkanen (30:26 in his 89th game, Nov. 18, 2005).'

Radko Gudas left after the first period with an upper-body injury and did not return. As a result, the Flyers were left with 40 minutes with five defensemen - four of which were rookies and had less than 100 games of NHL experience under their belt. More on Gudas HERE

The practice experiment from Tuesday turned into reality as forward Travis Konecny moved up to the second line with Valtteri Filppula at center and Wayne Simmonds on the other wing. The group created several scoring chances as Simmonds and Filppula each had three shots on goal… As a result, Jordan Weal moved down with Dale Weise and Jori Lehtera.

Jordan Weal had five shots on goal, the most this season… 14 of the 18 Flyers skaters recorded at least one shot on goal… Giroux went 71 percent on face-offs (12-for-17), while Filppula went 73 percent on draws (11-for-15).


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