The Flyers skated circles around the Blackhawks for 60 minutes and easily earned a 4-1 home victory.
In the game’s opening 40 minutes, the Hawks out-shot the Flyers 25-22 but were outscored 3-0. Claude Giroux scored his first 5-on-5 goal at home of the season for the Flyers second goal of a second period that was dominated by the home team.
Early in the third period, Andrew Shaw redirected a Duncan Keith shot into the net for a power play goal, but that was the sum of the Chicago offense. Shaw now has three goals in his last two games.
Shaw should have two on the night, however. He whiffed on a wide open net in the first period, shooting a puck wide with Steve Mason nowhere to be found.
Corey Crawford allowed four goals, the same number he allowed in Dallas four night ago. Crawford’s record in March is now 6-2-1 and he has allowed only nine goals in his six wins.
Coach Joel Quenneville mixed up the lineup, opting to insert Daniel Carcillo and Andrew Desjardins in place of Teuvo Teravainen and Bryan Bickell. In 10:31, Carcillo fought, as expected, and did nothing else. Desjardins was credited with two hits and one shot on net with two giveaways in more than 12 minutes on the ice.
Quenneville opened the game with Shaw skating on the top line with Jonathan Toews and Brandon Saad, but Shaw emerged in the second period back on the line with Marcus Kruger and Joakim Nordstrom. Unfortunately, Nordstrom left the bench after a big hit and did not return. Moments later, Shaw went into the boards hard and struggled off; he was seen uncomfortably flexing his right hand on the bench.
Antoine Vermette started with Patrick Sharp and Marian Hossa, but found himself with Carcillo and Desjardins in the second period. He finished the night the Blackhawks best performer at the dot, though, winning 10 of 14 draws in the game.
Kimmo Timonen returned for his final game on Flyers ice and received a nice ovation when the starting lineup was announced and again when a video tribute was shown during a television timeout. He skated 17:25 in the game with two blocked shots and one hit.
Brad Richards led the Hawks with five hits. Michal Rozsival was the only Hawks player with more than two blocked shots. Rozsival blocked five in the game.
Kris Versteeg had a terrible night, and may find himself in the press box host Columbus on Friday night.