Flyers Down Blackhawks; Blues Edge Coyotes


Published on November 10 2017 6:17 am
Last Updated on November 10 2017 6:32 am


Looking for a scoring boost, the Blackhawks reunited the top line that helped them win three of the last seven Stanley Cups. But it was the Flyers' No. 1 unit that ruled on this night.

Claude Giroux and Jakub Voracek each had a goal and two assists and linemate Sean Couturier also scored to lead Philadelphia over Chicago 3-1 on Thursday.

Brian Elliott made 38 saves for the Flyers, who avenged last Wednesday's 3-0 loss at Chicago while beating the Blackhawks for the 14th straight time in Philadelphia during the regular season.

Chicago's last regular-season victory at Philadelphia came on Nov. 9, 1996. The Blackhawks did clinch their 2010 Stanley Cup title with a Game 6 win on the Flyers' home ice.

Patrick Sharp, Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane starred on that team, and coach Joel Quenneville put the trio back together against Philadelphia.

But the Flyers' top unit outplayed them.

"It's a big matchup, a big challenge, but we're willing to go against anyone," Couturier said. "We feel confident about our game right now. For sure, they're top guys in the league. Every game you want to outscore the other line or outcompete them and as a line we're pretty confident right now that we can do that every night. Tonight we did a good job."

Flyers coach Dave Hakstol bumped Couturier up from second-line center this season and shifted Giroux to left wing for the first time in his career. The results thus far have been eye-opening as the trio has combined for 59 points -- or 44 percent of Philadelphia's offense.

"There's three good players on that line and they all play the game differently," Hakstol said. "They have different strengths, but a big credit to them. They've worked well for our hockey team."

Connor Murphy scored for the Blackhawks.

Couturier upped his team-leading total to 10 goals by finishing Giroux's pass from close range four minutes into the second period to give Philadelphia a 3-0 lead.

Chicago got on the board with 3:47 remaining in the second when Murphy scored on a rebound from the left circle. Murphy's father, Gord, is a Flyers assistant and watched the goal from the bench.

That was the only goal the Blackhawks could muster, and they have only three goals in their last three games.

"When the pucks aren't going in, you have to find a way to play a more complete game and we didn't do that tonight," Toews said. "We all just have a little faith, stick with it and once we see a few go in everyone is going to feed off that confidence, that energy those goals give us."

The Blackhawks had a chance to pull closer during a 5-on-3 power play near the end of the period, but the Flyers were able to kill it off.

The Flyers, playing with pep in their step after four days off, took a 2-0 lead with a pair of first-period goals in a strong opening 20 minutes.

Giroux opened the scoring five minutes in by firing a one-timer from the slot past Corey Crawford. Voracek put Philadelphia ahead by two with 7:52 left in the period when he scored on a one-timer from the right circle after a cross-ice pass from Shayne Gostisbehere.

The assist gave Gostisbehere 100 points and made him the fastest to that mark for any defenseman who started his career with the Flyers.

Crawford stopped 28 shots.

Blues 3, Coyotes 2

Under pressure in a shootout, Carter Hutton looked like a poised veteran.

The backup goalie stopped both attempts he faced, and Brayden Schenn and Alexander Steen scored in the tiebreaker to lead the St. Louis Blues past the Arizona Coyotes 3-2 on Thursday night.

St. Louis beat the Coyotes for the 12th straight time and has won seven of eight overall.

Hutton, making his fourth start of the season, turned aside Clayton Keller and Derek Stepan to seal the victory.

"I just tried to reset myself and focus in," Hutton said. "I just wanted to be patient. I wait and wait and then make a move."

Alex Pietrangelo and fellow defenseman Joel Edmundson scored in regulation for the first-place Blues (13-3-1), who have earned at least one point in their last 16 games against the Coyotes.

Brendan Perlini scored twice for Arizona (2-13-3), which hasn't won in regulation and sits last in the NHL standings. One of the Coyotes' wins came in overtime, the other in a shootout.

Hutton has won all four of his starts this season.

"I thought he was fantastic," Pietrangelo said.

St. Louis coach Mike Yeo marveled at Hutton's ability to stay sharp in a second-string role.

"What he's doing is really impressive and extremely important to our hockey club," Yeo said. "It's amazing the way he's able to amp up."

Hutton picked up his first win since his son, Palmer, was born last week. Plus, his parents were in attendance.

"It was special," Hutton said. "I've saved the puck for (Palmer)."

The Blues took a 1-0 lead on a goal by Edmundson, his career-high fifth of the season.

Perlini scored twice in the second period, but Pietrangelo tied it with 14:59 left in regulation on a drive from inside the blue line.

The Coyotes last beat St. Louis 3-2 in overtime on Nov. 12, 2013.

The Blues' 12-game winning streak over Arizona is the longest in the league by one team against another. Chicago has beaten Buffalo 11 times in a row and Boston has won its last 11 games against the Coyotes.

Despite the loss, Arizona coach Rick Tocchet saw some positives.

"Guys were good, they trusted the system," he said. "We got some good efforts."

Arizona goalie Antti Raanta made 36 saves, including a point-blank stop on a breakaway by Jaden Schwartz in overtime.

"Lots of chances both ways," Raanta said. "We played well the whole game, but we couldn't get it done."

Thursday, November 9 Scoreboard

Edmonton 3, New Jersey 2 (OT)

Philadelphia 3, Chicago 1

Minnesota 3, Montreal 0

St. Louis 3, Arizona 2 (SO)

Calgary 6, Detroit 3

Anaheim 4, Vancouver 1

Tampa Bay 5, Los Angeles 2


Friday, November 10 Schedule (All Times Central)

Ottawa at Colorado, NHL Global Series in Stockholm, Sweden, 1 p.m.

Florida at Buffalo, 6:00 p.m.

Boston at Toronto, 6:00 p.m.

Carolina at Columbus, 6:00 p.m.

NY Islanders at Dallas, 7:30 p.m.

Winnipeg at Vegas, 9:30 p.m.

Saturday, November 11 Schedule (All Times Central)

Edmonton at NY Rangers, noon

Colorado at Ottawa, NHL Global Series in Stockholm, Sweden, 1 p.m.

Toronto at Boston, 6 p.m.

Buffalo at Montreal, 6 p.m.

Columbus at Detroit, 6 p.m.

Florida at New Jersey, 6 p.m.

Minnesota at Philadelphia, 6  p.m.

Chicago at Carolina, 6 p.m.

NY Islanders at St. Louis, 7 p.m.

Pittsburgh at Nashville, 7 p.m.

Winnipeg at Arizona, 9 p.m.

Vancouver at San Jose, 9 p.m.

Sunday, November 12 Schedule (All Times Central)

Edmonton at Washington, 6 pm..

New Jersey at Chicago, 6  p.m.

Tampa Bay at Anaheim, 7 p.m.

San Jose at Los Angeles, 9:30 p.m.