PHILADELPHIA -- Here’s a quick look at the Chicago Blackhawks’ 3-2 overtime loss to the Philadelphia Flyers at the Wells Fargo Center Tuesday.
How it happened: Philadelphia’s Claude Giroux blasted a shot past Blackhawks goalie Antti Raanta from the right point with just five seconds left in overtime for the victory in a game that was played tightly after both teams scored a pair of goals in the opening period. Andrew Shaw and Duncan Keith scored a pair of goals in the first period that gave Chicago a 2-0 lead in the game’s first four minutes.
What it means: Chicago dropped its third game out of the past four and failed to gain ground on second-place Colorado, which lost to Montreal 6-3. The Blackhawks entered the game a point behind the Avs for second place in the Central Division. Head coach Joel Quenneville was seeking his 700th career win; he leads all active coaches. Only Scotty Bowman (1,244 victories) and Al Arbour are above him on the list. The trio has won a combined 15 Stanley Cups.
Player of the game: Despite the loss, Chicago goalie Raanta, who made only his second start since the Olympic break and entered with an overall 12-3-3 record, had his share of key stops as he recorded 34 saves. He made a spectacular sprawling save in the game’s final minute of regulation during a Flyers rush and stopped several shots within the slot in the final three minutes of regulation.
Stat of the game: The Blackhawks continue to be effective killing penalties as they silenced five Flyers power plays. They entered the game killing off 60 of their past 67 attempts over the past 19 games. They were seeking their first regular-season win in Philadelphia since Nov. 9, 1996, when they defeated the Flyers 4-1. They did defeat the Flyers in Philly to win the Stanley Cup in 2010.
What’s next: The Blackhawks make a quick trip home to host St. Louis Wednesday night in the first game of a four-game homestand. They will welcome the Carolina Hurricanes Friday.