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Crawford, Blackhawks top Flyers to end three-game skid

Goalie makes 35 saves, gets first shutout of season

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Corey Crawford had 35 saves for his first shutout of the season to help the Chicago Blackhawks defeat the Philadelphia Flyers 3-0 at United Center on Wednesday.

 

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"We needed a big effort and we've been playing pretty good hockey, just haven't gotten some wins and that was a good one … to get a big win at home and get back on track," Crawford said.

The shutout was his first since Nov. 3, 2016, and the 22nd of his NHL career.

"That is nice, but winning is the most important thing," Crawford said. "This feels good but we just have to build off that. We've been playing well [but had] some tough losses in those games. Nice to get one."

Artem Anisimov and Jonathan Toews scored 20 seconds apart during the second period, and Alex DeBrincat also scored for the Blackhawks (6-5-2), who ended a three-game losing streak (0-3-0).

Video: PHI@CHI: DeBrincat scores an empty-net goal

Brian Elliott had 32 saves for the Flyers (6-6-1), who lost their second straight game and fourth in their past five (1-3-1).

Philadelphia went 0-for-3 on the power play, including one in the third period when they had five shots on goal.

The Flyers played the final two periods without defenseman Radko Gudas, who sustained an upper-body injury in the first period. They already were without two of their top six defensemen because of injury, Shayne Gostisbehere (upper body) and Andrew MacDonald (lower body).

Anisimov's power-play goal at 8:58 of the second period ended a 0-for-18 drought with the man-advantage that spanned five games. He won a face-off after Flyers defenseman Brandon Manning was penalized for holding, and got to the net to score on the rebound of Cody Franson's one-timer from the left circle.

"It's more relief," Anisimov said. "Something dropped from our shoulders when we scored that goal."

Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said the goal was the result of the power-play unit playing the right way.

"That turned out to be a big goal for us," he said. "Those couple earlier power plays had decent looks, but as far as doing the right thing on that one, get it to the net, get traffic at the net, get the rebound, get rewarded. We need a power-play goal. I think it helped the confidence as we went along."

Moments later, Flyers defenseman Robert Hagg fanned on a shot at the Blackhawks blue line, and Toews pounced on the loose puck for a breakaway. He made a forehand/backhand deke and slid the puck between Elliott's pads at 9:18. It was his fourth goal of the season and first in eight games.

Philadelphia outshot Chicago 15-12 in the third period, but the only goal was by DeBrincat, who scored into an empty net at 18:11.

"I thought we got traffic to the net, we had good opportunities all the way through," Flyers coach Dave Hakstol said. "Third period we had seven or eight really good scoring chances, we just didn't have anything to show for it."

 

Goal of the game

Anisimov's power-play goal at 8:58 of the second period.

Video: PHI@CHI: Anisimov buries PPG from the doorstep

 

Save of the game

Crawford's right-skate save on Flyers forward Jakub Voracek at 3:08 of the third period.

Video: PHI@CHI: Crawford robs Voracek with skate save

 

Highlight of the game

Toews' breakaway goal at 9:18 of the second period.

Video: PHI@CHI: Toews beats Elliott five-hole on breakaway

 

They said it

"We had a real good effort throughout. Offensively we didn't have anything to show for it. That was difference in the hockey game." -- Flyers coach Dave Hakstol

 

"We'll take the win. We'll take some areas where we were better, power play, penalty killing was good. We can still be better in our team game." -- Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville

 

Need to know

Flyers forward Wayne Simmonds played in his 700th NHL game. … Philadelphia defenseman Ivan Provorov played 29:51, an NHL career high and the fourth-highest single-game total this season, after Mattias Ekholm of the Nashville Predators against the Blackhawks on Oct. 14 (31:19); Ryan Suter of the Minnesota Wild against the Winnipeg Jets on Oct. 31 (30:52); and Kris Letang of the Pittsburgh Penguins against the Jets on Oct. 26 (30:12). … Toews won 10 of 16 face-offs. It was the fourth straight game when he won at least 10 with a 50.0 percent success rate. … Anisimov extended his goal streak to three games.

 

What's next

Flyers: At the St. Louis Blues on Thursday (8 p.m. ET; FS-MW, NBCSP, NHL.TV)

Blackhawks: At the Minnesota Wild on Saturday (8 p.m. ET; FS-N, WGN, NHL.TV)

 

Video: Crawford, Anisimov lead the way in 3-0 shutout win

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