3 takeaways from the Chicago Blackhawks road victory over the Philadelphia Flyers

The Blackhawks won 5-1 in Philly.

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Arvid Soderblom was good in goal for the Chicago Blackhawks.

The backup netminder has had a poor first full season in the NHL. It has gotten to the point that the Hawks really should consider moving on from him in the offseason by loaning him to a European club since he still has a year left on his deal.

Then he gives you a moment for pause when he has a game like he did against the Flyers. Soderblom had one of his best games of the season when he blocked 30 of 31 shots.

However, he got beat early in the second period on a save he should have made--something that has plagued him all season.

Still, he saved 1.92 goals above expected, per Natural Stat Trick. That is pretty impressive considering overall he is the worst netminder in that statistic among any goalie that has played in 20 or more games.

You would have to go back to October for the last time Soderblom has held a team to just one goal. Not making key saves has been another major issue for the backup netminder all year. He made them in this contest, and along with Kurashev, Anderson, and Reichel having a big scoring night, it allowed the Hawks to pick up a victory.