CHICAGO (AP) -- Through two periods, the Philadelphia Flyers were
doing almost everything right. The only problem: the score was
In the final 10 minutes, all those scoring chances finally paid
off for Philadelphia.
Mike Knuble scored on a deflection with 8:33 left in the third
period to snap a tie, Mike Richards added an insurance goal about
two minutes later and Branko Radivojevic scored into an empty net
to give the Flyers a 5-2 victory over Chicago on Wednesday night.
The Flyers, who outshot the Blackhawks 31-14 for the game, had a
22-9 advantage in shots after two periods. Still, the game was tied
2-2 after 40 minutes.
"We looked after the second period and we said it would be a
shame to lose this game with all the scoring chances we had,"
Philadelphia coach Ken Hitchcock said. "The best part of it was
four of the goals were scored by people not on Peter (Forsberg's)
line. I think that's a great sign for us."
Knuble, one of Forsberg's linemates, netted the game-winner.
However, Forsberg, seventh in the league in scoring, didn't figure
in the play or have a point on Wednesday.
"That's my job, to be around the net," Knuble said. "Handzus
made an extremely smart play there and I think he saw me coming
around the side and just kept it on the ice."
Ben Eager and R.J. Umberger also scored for the Flyers, 9-1-1 in
their last 11 games and 8-1-1 through the first 10 contests of a
team-record 11-game road trip.
Knuble said his team rebounded well after suffering its lone
regulation loss of the trip, 3-0 Monday night in New Jersey.
"We took a step back in New Jersey, a little bump in the road
there, but we're not going to get too flustered about it," Knuble
said. "I think we challenged ourselves a bit to make sure that
guys are chipping in at different times."
The Flyers conclude the trip Thursday night in Detroit.
Radim Vrbata and Andy Hilbert scored for Chicago, which has lost
11 of 12. The Blackhawks broke a 10-game losing streak Tuesday at
"They're the number-one team in the league and have great
players," Vrbata said of the Flyers. "We were tied 2-2 with them,
but we made a couple of mistakes, they took advantage of them and
it cost us the game."
Chicago coach Trent Yawney said turnovers again doomed his team.
"We turned over the puck too much," Yawney said. "Tonight it
did come back to bite us. A team like that (Philadelphia) that lost
its last game didn't want to lose two in a row. They're a good team
and it's no surprise where they are in the standing."
The Flyers have not lost consecutive games in regulation this
Umberger gave the Flyers a 2-1 lead at 10:40. After going around
the Chicago net, he fired from a rising sharp-angle shot that
appeared struck Anderson and deflected in.
Hilbert tied it 2-all at 5:10 of the second period on a
deflection, the Blackhawks' fourth shot of the game.
After Knuble's deflection game the Flyers a 3-2 lead with 8:33
left. Richards made it 4-2 following a turnover by Chicago's Jim
< ^Notes:@. Chicago D Adrian Aucoin left the game with a groin
pull and didn't return. ... Philadelphia D Chris Therien missed the
game with a sore back. Philadelphia LW Donald Brashear sat out with
a quad muscle strain. Both are day-to-day. ... Chicago RW Martin
Lapointe played his 800th NHL game. Blackhawks LW Mark Bell played
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Arena: United Center Location: Chicago, Illinois
Referees: Eric Furlatt, Bill McCreary Linesmen: Andy McElman, Mark Wheler
Attendance: 12,003 (60.9% full)
Team Stat Comparison
Power Play Goals
Power Play Opportunities
Shots on Goal
Ben Eager (3)
Assist: Jon Sim
Radim Vrbata (4)
R.J. Umberger (7)
Assists: Sami Kapanen, Michal Handzus
Andy Hilbert (3)
Assist: Todd Simpson
Mike Knuble (19)
Assists: Michal Handzus, Simon Gagne
Mike Richards (6)
Branko Radivojevic (8)
(Empty Net) Assists: Simon Gagne, Michal Handzus