Blackhawks blank Flyers, halt three-game slid
CHICAGO -- Goaltender Corey Crawford made 35 saves for his first shutout of the season, and the Chicago Blackhawks pulled away for a 3-0 win over the Philadelphia Flyers on Wednesday night.
Artem Anisimov, Jonathan Toews and Alex DeBrincat each scored for the Blackhawks. Chicago (6-5-2) snapped a three-game losing streak and improved to 4-2-1 on home ice.
Philadelphia (6-6-1) was blanked for the third time this season. The Flyers are 1-3-1 since Oct. 24.
Flyers goaltender Brian Elliott turned aside 32 shots in the loss.
Chicago scored two goals in 20 seconds to break a scoreless tie midway through the second period.
Anisimov started the scoring binge with a power-play goal. He won a faceoff in the offensive zone and skated toward the front of the crease, where he punched in a rebound for his fourth goal.
Toews quickly increased Chicago's lead to 2-0 when he scored on a breakaway with 10:42 to go in the second period. Flyers defenseman Robert Hagg whiffed on a shot attempt from near the blue line, and Toews seized the puck and sprinted down the ice before beating Elliott with a backhand shot.
DeBrincat added an empty-net goal with 1:49 remaining in the third period.
Crawford made several dazzling saves en route to his 22nd career shutout. His best moment came late in the first period as he extended his left leg across the goal line to deny a wraparound by Valtteri Filppula.
The Flyers had a prime opportunity to trim the deficit during a power play early in the third period. Crawford shined again as he stuffed Wayne Simmonds on a rebound attempt from point-blank range.
NOTES: Flyers D Shayne Gostisbehere missed his second straight game because of an upper-body injury. ... Blackhawks D Gustav Forsling missed a game for the first time this season because of an upper-body injury. Fellow D Cody Franson played alongside D Duncan Keith in Forsling's absence. ... Flyers C Nolan Patrick (upper body) and D Andrew MacDonald (lower body) did not travel with the team to Chicago. ... Blackhawks D Connor Murphy played in front of his father, longtime blue-liner Gord Murphy, who is an assistant coach with the Flyers. ... Flyers RW Wayne Simmonds played his 700th game. ... Before the game, fans observed a moment of silence for the victims of Tuesday's terrorist attack in New York. ... Flyers D Radko Gudas sustained an upper-body injury in the first period and did not return.