PHILADELPHIA (AP) -Niklas Hjalmarsson picked a bad time for his roughest night in the playoffs. Until a late rally, the rest of the Chicago Blackhawks didn't fare a whole lot better.
The 23-year-old defenseman coughed up the puck twice in front of his net in the first period, and the opportunistic Philadelphia Flyers took advantage of both gaffes. That was enough to beat the Blackhawks 5-3 on Friday night, send them to their first true losing streak in months, and tie up the Stanley Cup finals after four games.
Hjalmarsson, in his first full NHL season, had been solid in the playoffs - putting up a goal and six assists along with a plus-9 rating in 19 games. But it all came crashing down on him amid the Flyers' Orange Crush.