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Top line gets seven points in Flyers win against Blackhawks

Giroux, Voracek, Couturier combine for three goals, four assists for Philadelphia

by Adam Kimelman @NHLAdamK / NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

PHILADELPHIA -- The Philadelphia Flyers top line accounted for seven points in a 3-1 win against the Chicago Blackhawks at Wells Fargo Center on Tuesday.

Claude Giroux and Jakub Voracek each had a goal and two assists, and Sean Couturier also scored.

 

[WATCH: Blackhawks vs. Flyers highlights]

 

The line was put together during training camp, and after 16 regular-season games the chemistry is becoming obvious.

"It's starting to be a little more natural finding each other out there," Couturier said. "We're knowing where we're going to be and what the other guy is thinking. It's getting better and better."

Brian Elliott had 38 saves for Philadelphia (8-6-2).

Video: CHI@PHI: Elliott makes glove save on Panik's backhand

It was the Flyers' 14th straight regular-season win in Philadelphia against the Blackhawks, dating to Nov. 9, 1996. The Blackhawks did win Game 6 of the 2010 Stanley Cup Final here.

All three Philadelphia goals came off smart passing plays that showed how the line is coming together. 

Giroux scored on a one-timer from the left side set up by a cross-ice pass by Voracek at 4:58 of the first period to give the Flyers a 1-0 lead. 

Voracek's fourth made it 2-0 at 12:08. Shayne Gostisbehere's pass attempt at the left point was blocked by the Blackhawks' Ryan Hartman, but Giroux gloved the puck and passed it back to Gostisbehere, who sent it across the zone to Voracek for a one-timer from the right face-off dot.

Then Couturier made it 3-0 at 3:51 of the second period when he scored his team-high 10th off a centering pass by Giroux.

Video: CHI@PHI: Couturier finishes pretty feed from Giroux

"The plays they made, that's chemistry," Flyers coach Dave Hakstol said. "We're two months in, they've had time together. They don't just go out and throw it out there. They talk about it, they work at it. Tonight, they were on."

Connor Murphy scored for the Blackhawks (7-7-2). Corey Crawford had 28 saves.

Murphy's goal at 16:13 of the second cut the Flyers lead to 3-1. He took a shot from the left side that hit teammate Lance Bouma and came back to him, and his one-timer beat Elliott to the short side.

After Murphy's goal, the Blackhawks had a 5-on-3 power play for 1:44 in the second but couldn't get a shot on goal. They went 0-for-4 on the power play, and are 3-for-37 in the past nine games.

"Get back in the game 3-2, then we're off to the races and put some pressure on them the rest of the game," Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews said. "It is not easy to play with a one-goal lead. … It's moments like that that we need to feed off of that momentum and we just couldn't find a way."

The Blackhawks have 12 goals in their past seven games (2-5-0), but the players are trying to stay positive.

"I guess we all just have to have a little faith, we have to stick with it," Toews said. "Once we see a few go in then everyone is going to feed off that confidence and feed off that energy that those goals give us."

 

Goal of the game

Giroux's goal at 4:58 of the first period.

Video: CHI@PHI: Giroux blasts it by Crawford for early lead

 

Save of the game

Elliott stopped Brandon Saad with his right pad at 19:38 of the second period.

Video: CHI@PHI: Elliott stuffs Saad on partial breakaway

 

Highlight of the game

Voracek's goal at 12:08 of the first period.

Video: CHI@PHI: Gostisbehere finds Voracek for one-timer

 

They said it

"It's a long season. A lot of guys have been through it. I know we have some young guys, but the guys that have been through it can kind of lead the way. There's still lots of hockey to be played." -- forward Brandon Saad on the Blackhawks struggle to score goals

"We're willing to go against anyone. We feel pretty confident about our game now. We can outscore any line, any pairing." -- Flyers center Sean Couturier on being matched against the Blackhawks' top line, which included Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane

 

Need to know

Hartman played his 100th NHL game. … Saad was shifted to the Blackhawks' top line with Toews and Kane late in the first period and had a season-high eight shots on goal. … Murphy is the son of Flyers assistant coach Gord Murphy. His mother, Nicole Murphy, also was in the stands for the Blackhawks' mother's trip. … Gostisbehere's assist was his 100th NHL point, in his 155th game. 

 

What's next

Blackhawks: At the Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday (7 p.m. ET; FS-CR, WGN, NHL.TV)

Flyers: Host the Minnesota Wild on Saturday (7 p.m. ET; NBCSP+, FS-N, NHL.TV)

 

Video: Giroux, Voracek, Elliott lead Flyers to 3-1 win

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