The Philadelphia Flyers top line has been fantastic this season and they were on full display in their 3-1 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks on Thursday night.
The Flyers struck just 4:58 into the first period when Jakub Voracek got a loose puck along the right boards and quickly found Claude Giroux wide open in the left circle where he blasted a one-timer past Corey Crawford for his ninth goal of the season.
Voracek doubled the Flyers lead just over seven minutes later. Shayne Gotisbehere took the puck below the left faceoff dot and made a nice cross-ice pass to Voracek where he beat Crawford with a one-timer for his fourth goal on the year. Giroux was credited with the secondary assist. With the primary helper, Gostiisbehere became the fastest defenseman to 100 points in Flyers franchise history.
The top continued their dominance of the Blackhawks 3:51 into the second period. This time it was Sean Couturier’s turn to score as he got inside positioning on Duncan and capped off a beautiful passing play with Giroux and Voracek.
The Blackhawks finally got one by Brian Elliott at 16:13 as defenseman Connor Murphy beat him to the near post with a wrist shot from the left circle.
The key sequence of the game came shortly after the Murphy goal when they were down two men for 1:44 after Ivan Provorov shot the puck over the glass while Radko Gudas was in the box for tripping. The Flyers were able to kill off both penalties and recapture any momentum they had loss.
Elliott made 36 saves in the winning effort and the penalty kill limited the Blackhawks power play to just two shots on goal on four chances. An over solid effort after the long layoff in between games. The Flyers will be back in action Saturday night when they host the Minnesota Wild.