Patrick Kane scored twice and Antti Raanta stopped every shot he faced as the Blackhawks dominated the Flyers for 60 minutes.
The Hawks jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first period, scoring three times in a 2:06 window.
Brandon Saad, who was moved to the third line with Brad Richards and Bryan Bickell, opened the scoring by putting a rebound back through Steve Mason. Kane scored a power play goal (yes, a power play goal) only 32 seconds later with Michael Raffl in the box. And 94 seconds later, Bickell collected a nice pass from Saad and deposited his first goal of the campaign.
Chicago out-shot the Flyers 19-9 in the opening 20 minutes.
The second period came and went without a scoring play, but Kane scored his second power play goal of the night 3:50 into the third period to put the Flyers away.
Saad was moved to the third line because Kris Versteeg returned to the lineup from his lower-body injury to make his season debut. He looked a lot more confident in his legs tonight than he did at any point in the spring, and saw time on both the power play and penalty kill in the game.
Richards benefited from having Saad on his line, playing his best game of the young season; he collected an assist on Saad’s goal in the first period and was one of four Hawks credited with four shots on net in the game. Bickell led the team with six hits in the game to go with his first period tally as well.
Raanta had a fantastic night, earning a 32-save shutout. He wasn’t test a lot in the first 15 minutes of the game, but made some big saves in the game’s final 40 minutes to keep Philly off the board.
The Hawks successfully killed both of the Flyers’ power play opportunities, while converting two of their four advantages.
In 16:45, rookie defenseman Trevor vanRiemsdyk was credited with two blocked shots and two takeaways while skating with Michal Rozsival.
Jonathan Toews led the Hawks with three takeaways and was credited with an assist in the game, while Patrick Sharp picked up two more assists in the game. Johnny Oduya blocked three shots to lead the box score in that regard, and – perhaps most importantly – Duncan Keith led all Blackhawks in ice time again… but only skated 21:01 in the victory.