Mar 25, 2015; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Flyers centerNick Cousins
(52) celebrates goal by centerRyan White
(25) (not pictured) against Chicago Blackhawks goalieCorey Crawford
(50) during the second period at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports
In a building that had held fond memories for the Blackhawks in 2010 became a house of horrors tonight. The Blackhawks fell to the Philadelphia Flyers 4-1. While the Blackhawks won their previous game against the Carolina Hurricanes, they played poorly for the last 40 minutes of the game.
Before tonight’s game Coach Joel Quenneville spiced up his lineup sitting both Bryan Bickell and Teuvo Teravainen for Daniel Carcillo and Andrew Desjardins. Coach Quenneville also played Andrew Shaw on the top line for the first period. Shaw rewarded the coaching staff by missing a wide open net. Shaw did score a power-play goal late in the third period but the game was out of reach by then. The lineup changes did not yield the results the Blackhawks were hoping for. Instead it was more of the same poor play the Blackhawks showed in their victory over the Carolina Hurricanes. The Blackhawks could not hold the puck and had to play dump and chase hockey. They were not aggressive enough in the game. It is clear that the Blackhawks miss the play of Patrick Kane and will continue to miss him going forward.
The score could have been much worse if had it not been for the play of Corey Crawford. Crawford faced 33 shots and he stopped 29. He had to face several odd man rushes during this game. Crawford has been the reason the Blackhawks have been winning games without much offensive production.
On the other side of the ice Steve Mason was impressive. Mason stopped 34 of 35 of the shots he faced tonight. Mason has been one of the few bright spots for the Flyers this season. The Flyers seems to be playing to their competition. The Flyers got goals from Wayne Simmonds, Ryan White, Claude Giroux, and Michael Raffl.
News and Notes:
• Kimmo Timonen played his first game in Philly since being traded to the Blackhawks. He had played seven seasons with the Flyers before joining the Hawks.
• Joakim Nordstrom was injured in tonight’s game and Coach Joel Quenneville said he’d know more tomorrow about Nordstrom.
• Coach Quenneville said “ I’m not happy with Dallas or today’s game, but for the most part, there’s good things going on per Mark Lazaerus of the Chicago Sun Times.
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