Philadelphia, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - Claude Giroux scored the winning goal
with just 4.2 seconds left in overtime to give the Philadelphia Flyers a 3-2
win over the Chicago Blackhawks.
With time winding down in the extra session, Giroux flew down the right wing
into the zone and from the circle he snapped a laser on net, using Duncan
Keith as a screen, and it went in and out of the left corner for the win.
"I knew when I went on the ice 15 seconds, maybe 20 seconds," said Giroux. "I
knew there wasn't a lot of time, so I was just trying to shoot as hard as I
can to the net and didn't really aim, to be honest. I just shot it on net."
Scott Hartnell scored the other two goals while Ray Emery allowed two early
goals in the first period, but finished the game with 23 saves for the Flyers,
who have ripped of three straight wins and six of eight.
Andrew Shaw and Keith had the goals for Chicago, which has lost three of its
last four games. Antti Raanta gave up all three goals on 37 shots.
"I think we did a lot of good things tonight. But, definitely really
frustrating the way we gave that point up," said Keith.
It was a quick start for Chicago as Shaw scored just 2:29 in off a blocked
shot from Michal Handzus, and it was a 2-0 game at 3:51 when Jonathan Toews
sent the disc from the right corner to the slot where Keith's big blast
trickled past Emery.
Philly, though, got one back two minutes later thanks to a lucky break as
Hartnell was behind the net and tried to send the puck to the left wing, but
it hit off Marcus Kruger and snuck past Raanta.
The Flyers tied the game at 16:27 of the first when Giroux centered the
puck from the left of the net and Hartnell one-timed it in for his 18th of
"I think it was a fun game to play. I'm sure it was a fun game to watch also,
but I think we were just enjoying ourselves out there, just playing some
hockey," said Giroux. "It was rough, we got a hit, we were hitting, and that's
the best part of hockey."
A spirited second period saw each team get a power play and a total of 17
shots thrown on net, 11 by Chicago, but neither side was able to put one in
and the game headed to the third period still tied.
The Flyers appeared to take the lead with 6:12 to play when Brayden Schenn put
in the puck from down low after it hit the post off a Vincent Lecavalier
deflection, but the goal was waived off as Lecavalier had hit the puck with a
Late in regulation Steve Downie backhanded the puck from the left side past a
sprawling Raanta. Schenn had a chance to knock it in, but his shot went off
the post and the game went to overtime.
The Flyers host the Stars on Thursday ... The Flyers were 0-1-3 at home
against the Blackhawks in overtime during the regular season coming into the
game ... Chicago plays St. Louis on Wednesday at home ... Giroux has 24 goals
and 71 points on the season ... Neither team scored on the power play as
Philly had five chances and Chicago three ... The Blackhawks had taken a 7-2
win over the Flyers in Chicago on Dec. 11.