The Flyers have been begging the Blackhawks to get again into the sport.
They had simply allowed Connor Murphy, a defenseman not recognized for his offense — and who was enjoying his off facet — to attain the Hawks’ first purpose of the evening Thursday to chop right into a three-goal lead within the second interval.
It was their huge likelihood.
But like too many energy performs earlier than it, it ended with out a purpose celebration, and the offensive renaissance coach Joel Quenneville sought in mixing up his traces by no means appeared in a Three-1 loss to the Flyers.
“That was the golden opportunity we missed,” Quenneville mentioned. “We need to score there. Had to score.”
The Hawks now have misplaced 14 straight regular-season video games in Philadelphia courting to Nov. 9, 1996. That 21-year-old streak is now authorized to drink, and after the previous few video games, it would be part of some Hawks followers on the bar.
Once once more, objectives did not come for the Hawks, who put 39 pictures on Flyers goaltender Brian Elliott. But a gradual begin negated the robust effort the Hawks had within the third interval. And the early deficit they confronted — Three-Zero with Three:51 gone within the second interval — was an excessive amount of to beat.
The Hawks’ offensive woes, each on the facility play and at even power, will not disappear with out a battle. The Hawks now have simply 12 objectives of their final seven video games.
“It’s frustrating that we wait until we’re down in games to loosen up with the puck,” captain Jonathan Toews mentioned. “And then everybody starts wanting it and everybody starts playing the right way, and then we start creating the way we know we can.”
Looking for something resembling offense, Quenneville put Patrick Sharp, Patrick Kane and Toews collectively on the highest line to start out the sport, however it did not take lengthy for Quenneville to shake issues up once more. The Flyers’ prime line skated circles across the Hawks within the first two durations and accounted for all three Flyers objectives.
First it was Claude Giroux four:58 into the sport with a depraved one-timer from the left circle. Then Jakub Voracek, on one other one-timer at 12:08.
In the second interval Quenneville plugged the road blender again in. Out went the traces the Hawks practiced with the final three days, however the Flyers’ prime line as soon as once more killed the Hawks in transition, this time with Sean Couturier getting inside place on Duncan Keith and taking a feed from Giroux to beat goalie Corey Crawford at Three:51. The Hawks regarded caught on the ice.
“It just comes down to lulls in the game,” winger Brandon Saad mentioned. “We have chances, and then when things aren’t going in, sometimes we go the other way and give up too many chances, quit playing the right way.”
The Flyers have been beating them up and down the ice with their pace, and offense evaded the Hawks till Murphy adopted his personal rebound for a purpose at 16:13 of the second interval.
With the 5-on-Three energy play taking place quickly after, the Hawks appear poised to get again into the sport.
But that energy play failed to supply any threatening scoring probabilities. The Hawks spent a lot of the 1:44 pbading the puck alongside the perimeter or recovering the puck and barely threatening the online.
There hasn’t been sufficient of that these days for the Hawks, and if it retains up, this scoring drought is perhaps greater than only a hiccup in an extended season.
Chris Hine’s three stars
1. Claude Giroux, Flyers: His line dominated the Hawks. He completed with a purpose and two badists.
2. Brian Elliott, Flyers: Goaltender withstood third-period strain from Hawks, had 38 saves.
Three. Jakub Voracek, Flyers: Part of Giroux’s line, additionally had a purpose and help.
At Hurricanes, 6 p.m. Saturday; WGN-9.