The Blackhawks were credited with six shots in the first period on Wednesday night.
The Hawks scored five goals in the second period.
Another complete team effort led to another blow out win for Chicago, as they handed the Flyers a 7-2 loss.
Ray Emery was rudely welcomed back to Chicago, allowing six goals before he was pulled less than two minutes into the third period. For the Hawks, Antti Raanta got the start for the second time in as many nights and once again allowed two goals; Raanta made 28 stops to earn the victory.
In front of Raanta, it may have taken the Hawks one period to get into the game but once they started rolling it was fun to watch.
Seven different Chicago players scored a goal on Wednesday night. Marian Hossa (three assists) and Patrick Sharp (one goal, two assists) led the way, followed by Patrick Kane (two assists), Jonathan Toews (one goal, one assist) and Michal Handzus (one goal, one assist).
Duncan Keith scored a power play goal 43 seconds into the second, followed by Andrew Shaw’s 10th goal of the season only 39 seconds later. Handzus’ game-winning goal was short-handed at 5:27 into the second period, the third of the period for the Hawks.
Both of the Flyers’ goals came on the power play, with Steve Downie’s tally bringing the Flyers back to within 3-2 early in the second. But goals from Kris Versteeg and Toews later in the period brought the middle frame to a close with the Hawks up 5-2, with their five goals coming on only 11 shots.
Brent Seabrook scored on a broken stick shot 65 seconds into the third and that was enough for Emery. Steve Mason relieved Emery, and allowed only a power play goal to Sharp against six shots in the final 18:55 on the ice.
Raanta battled a desperate Flyers team in the third period, facing 13 shots in the final 20 minutes. The Hawks allowed two short-handed breakaway chances in the third, and Raanta earned a standing ovation from the United Center crowd with two big saves.
Marcus Kruger led the Hawks at the dot, winning 11 of 14 faceoffs in the game. Toews actually split faceoffs on the Hawks’ top line with Sharp; they each took nine faceoffs in the game. Toews won four of nine, while Sharp won five.
Coach Joel Quenneville was once again able to spread out the ice time. Keith, Seabrook and Niklas Hjalmarsson were the only players on the roster to go over 20 minutes, with Keith’s 23:25 being the highest total for Chicago. Kane led Blackhawks forwards skating 18:41, while Toews skated only 16:48 against the Flyers.
Wayne Simmonds, who tweeted a photo of he and Emery hanging out with Bears receiver Brandon Marshall on Tuesday while the Hawks were in Dallas, dropped the mitts with Sheldon Brookbank early in the first period after the Flyers forward took a run at Keith. Brookbank led the Hawks with three hits in the game.
What fans witnessed in this “rivalry” game in Chicago was an indictment of the roster Paul Holmgren put together in Philly. The Flyers didn’t have the speed or skill to compete with the Hawks, and were chasing and reaching the entire game. They may have fired Peter Laviolette as their head coach after a slow start this season, but any coach behind that bench is going to struggle with the players Holmgren has collected.