The Hawks scored twice in the first four minutes in Philadelphia, but fell 4.2 seconds short of a shootout opportunity and lost to the Flyers 3-2.
Andrew Shaw opened the scoring with his 17th of the season at 2:29, and Duncan Keith followed with his fourth of the campaign just 1:22 later. The Hawks dominated the early action, but an odd goal by Scott Hartnell changed the momentum.
Hartnell banked a puck off both of Marcus Kruger’s skates and it went into the net off Antti Raanta to get Philly on the board. Hartnell added his second of the night at 16:27 in the first to tie the game, and that is where the score would stay until through the second and third periods.
Unfortunately, a missile from Claude Giroux beat Raanta with 4.2 seconds remaining in overtime and the Hawks were only able to take one point away from Tuesday night’s game.
Sheldon Brookbank and Zac Rinaldo dropped the gloves at 3:10 into the second, and Bryan Bickell threw down with Wayne Simmonds at 13:52 into the third. It was Bickell’s first fight of the season.
The Hawks penalty kill was successful in all five short-handed situations on the night, but the power play continued to struggle with no conversions in three advantages.
Jonathan Toews had the primary assist on Keith’s goal and won 14 of 23 faceoffs in the game. Ben Smith, once again skating as the second line center with Bickell and Patrick Kane, won four of five faceoffs and was credited with three hits on the night.
Brent Seabrook led the Hawks with five blocked shots as the Hawks were credited with 14 blocks in the game. Philadelphia still had 37 shots reach Antti Raanta in the game, including 14 in the third period. Raanta was good almost the entire night, making some key saves late in the third period to force overtime. He made 34 saves in defeat.
Former Hawks netminder Ray Emery got the start for the Flyers and 23 of 25 to earn the victory.
The Hawks were without forward Brandon Saad and defenseman Michal Rozsival in the game; neither made the trip. Before the game, coach Joel Quenneville indicated Saad may return for Wednesday night’s game against the Blues in Chicago, but said Rozsival may miss a few games with a lower-body injury.
Peter Regin dressed, but only skated 5:13 and didn’t take a faceoff. Michal Handzus won only five of 18 faceoffs in the game, but was good during 5:29 of short-handed ice time. Brandon Bollig led the Hawks with five hits in only 9:01 on the ice in the loss.
Montreal handled their business against Patrick Roy and the Colorado Avalanche on Tuesday night, as the Habs earned a 6-3 home win. With the one points secured in Philadelphia, the Hawks pull even with the Avs at 93 points with 13 games remaining on the schedule for both teams. Colorado has seven regulation/overtime wins more than Chicago, however.