A whole bunch of Blackhawks were still looking for their first goal of the new season entering the team’s fourth game of the season.
Four of them erased the zero from their stat page on Tuesday night.
Patrick Kane got the party started 56 seconds into the game with a wraparound goal.
The Hawks would successfully kill a penalty in the first period to preserve the one-goal lead, and then Dennis Rasmussen took advantage of a flopping Flyer to score his first of the season.
Ivan Provorov was the victim and Michal Neuvirth allowed the backhand to beat him to extend the lead.
Shayne Gostisbehere went to the box 33 seconds later, and it was Artemi Panarin’s turn to get off the schnide.
Brent Seabrook set up the one-timer and Panarin finished to push Chicago to a three-goal lead.
Boyd Gordon took a turn in the penalty box 3:07 into the second and Hossa made magic as the advantage was coming to a close.
Hossa became the 44th player in NHL history to score 500 goals; it was the 161st in the Indian head for the future Hall of Famer.
Kudos to the Flyers for staying off the ice as the United Center faithful recognized a truly special moment in the history of the franchise.
Neuvirth’s night was over after Hossa’s goal. He allowed four goals against 16 shots in 25:04 and was replaced by Steve Mason.
Unfortunately, Kane went to the box later in the period and Matt Read scored a power play goal to cut the Hawks’ lead to 4-1. The goal was the first power play marker of the season for Philadelphia.
That’s where the second period would end.
Artem Anisimov and Seabrook had two assists each through 40 minutes, but Anisimov’s struggles at the dot continued. He won only three of 10 faceoffs in the first two periods. Meanwhile, Kane led the Hawks with five shots in the opening two frames.
Unfortunately, the third period brought way more drama than Hawks fans wanted.
Read scored again 37 seconds into the third to cut the lead to 4-2. Sean Couturier scored 77 seconds later to make it 4-3. And then Wayne Simmonds scored the Flyers’ second power play goal of the night (and season) to tie the game at 3:49.
To make matters worse, Hossa blocked a shot and went straight to the room. He did not return the rest of the way.
Thankfully, the Blackhawks didn’t roll over.
Anisimov joined the first goal of the season party and scored his first of the year – the eventual game-winner – at 10:24 off a pass from Kane.
Panarin and Anisimov would both score their second goals of the game and season later in the third to put the game away. Anisimov’s second was into an empty net with 45 seconds remaining in regulation.
Anisimov finished with four points (two goals, two assists) in 18:33. Kane (one goal, three assists) also had a four-point night, while Seabrook (three assists) and Panarin (one goal, two assists) had three-point efforts.
Richard Panik and Michal Kempny led Chicago with three hits each, while Keith added a team-leading two blocked shots to one assist in the victory.
Corey Crawford stopped 23 of 27 for his first win the season.