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Discuss: Blackhawks score big on Rivalry Night on NBCSN

Dec 11, 2013, 10:59 PM EDT

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It was close, at least for a bit, but then the Chicago Blackhawks just couldn’t be stopped from filling the net.

The Blackhawks defeated the visiting Philadelphia Flyers by a final score of 7-2 on Rivalry Night on NBCSN Wednesday evening.

Let’s discuss:

  • The Blackhawks didn’t see a whole bunch of shots in order to put up the seven spot – only 23 to be exact. Flyers’ goalie Ray Emery was given the pull one minute and five seconds into the third period, after allowing six goals on 18 shots.
  • Talk about a special teams battle. The Blackhawks got two power play goals and a short-handed goal. The Flyers scored both their goals on the man advantage. So, at least they had that going for them.
  • This game turned early in the second period, when the Blackhawks scored twice in 39 seconds, turning a one-goal deficit quickly into a one-goal lead.
  • A feisty affair in Chicago tonight. Flyers’ forward Wayne Simmonds and Blackhawks’ defenseman Sheldon Brookbank dropped the gloves just 1:47 into this one.
  • Four misconducts handed out in the final five minutes, as tempers flared.
  • Jonathan Toews had his left pinky finger taped up after the game, according to Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune. He also reported that Toews said the injury was “short-term.”
  • Antti Raanta is now 5-0-1 in his young NHL career. He made 28 saves for Chicago.
  • Marian Hossa three assists; Patrick Kane two assists; Patrick Sharp a goal and two assists. Good production from top players.

  1. broadstreetbeatdown - Dec 11, 2013 at 11:06 PM

    Sheesh. Emery was horrible tonight. Cost the Flyers the game.

    • themohel - Dec 11, 2013 at 11:28 PM

      Hahahahahahahahaha. Good one.

    • blackhawksdynasty - Dec 11, 2013 at 11:43 PM

      Hate to break it to you, but the Flyers cost themselves that game. Then they started their cheap shot crap….and I loved Q’s response on the 5 on 3 pp….send out the #1 unit to give Philly the proverbial middle finger. Good stuff.

      BTW, Mr Emery….rethinking your choice to leave the best team??? LMFAO

      • broadstreetbeatdown - Dec 11, 2013 at 11:53 PM

        Hate to break it to you 5 goals on 10 shots. Razor was not sharp tonight.

      • blackhawksdynasty - Dec 12, 2013 at 1:17 AM

        Emery didn’t have his best game, but not every goal is the netminder’s fault. Not much he can do when 3 of his guys get caught puck watching behind the net, leaving wide open opponents in the slot. Also difficult to stop point blank redirects.

      • broadstreetbeatdown - Dec 12, 2013 at 1:24 AM

        Emery couldn’t stop bunk tonight. It was just one of those games, he had a bad night. 4 of those goals were gimmes he should have had. That doesn’t tale away from the Hawks win though. I do agree the Flyers ended up taking stupid cheap penalties leading to 3 on 5s.

      • slysipops - Dec 12, 2013 at 1:44 AM

        how sweet that was ! GO HAWKS GO !

    • mp1131211 - Dec 12, 2013 at 3:45 AM

      Don’t worry…. Flyers are surging.

    • joey4id - Dec 12, 2013 at 7:14 AM

      Don’t look for excuses. Measure the quality of your team after playing the best teams of the league. No matter how you slice it the flyers are no match for the hawks. What you saw last night was one team with depth and the other with lack of it.

    • joey4id - Dec 12, 2013 at 7:36 AM

      Stop looking for excuses. Measure the quality of your team after playing the best teams in the league. What you saw last night was a team with depth and another with the lack of depth.

  2. parasolmonster - Dec 11, 2013 at 11:07 PM

    Could not be happier that Raanta is doing well. Not sure how Simpson will fare in the next few weeks, but it can’t be any worse than Khabibulin in backup duty.

  3. prd797 - Dec 11, 2013 at 11:07 PM

    Absolutely incredible. I don’t even know what to say. This game was something else, and it sure does speak for itself.

  4. icelovinbrotha215 - Dec 11, 2013 at 11:10 PM

    I think the only happening that came as a surprise was that the Flyers were actually up 1-0. Other than that, the game went as expected. The better team won.

  5. hawksin5 - Dec 11, 2013 at 11:17 PM

    That’s 3 straight blowouts for the hawks. Glad it was against the flyers and their posse of undisciplined, talentless goons. Most penalized team in hockey and for good reason. Sure didn’t do them well tonight. Hawks have outscores their opponents 19-6 in the last 3. Lets keep it goin.

  6. cmpuck - Dec 11, 2013 at 11:18 PM

    The best team in the league vs one of the worst.. That was expected. Why was this a “rivalry” game though? Both teams have almost completely changed rosters since 2010.

    • blackhawksdynasty - Dec 11, 2013 at 11:34 PM

      Not a big fan of the “rivalry night” theme myself. Rarely do they actually have true rivals playing

  7. whammy71 - Dec 11, 2013 at 11:33 PM

    The Flyers……..well….ummmm……in the immortal words of Dennis Green…..”are what we thought they were.”

    Welcome back to reality!


    • broadstreetbeatdown - Dec 12, 2013 at 12:08 AM

      The Cards lost that game to the Bears you idiot. You are dumb as the day is long, except during hockey season. You’re even dumber.

      • broadstreetbeatdown - Dec 12, 2013 at 12:09 AM

        Oh, I almost forgot…Whammy!!!!!!

      • whammy71 - Dec 12, 2013 at 7:02 AM

        You’re the dummy. The Flyers are who we thought they were…..a crappy team! Get it? Didn’t think so!

        Root for a team stuck in the knuckle dragging era and it must dumb you down. I guess it’s true… can’t fix stupid! WHAMMY!!!!

  8. pitpenguinsrulez - Dec 11, 2013 at 11:41 PM

    I like the Rivalry Night Theme personally…but for games that aren’t a rivalry it should be billed as something else.

    • blackhawksdynasty - Dec 11, 2013 at 11:44 PM

      Ok, I could see that. Better than what they have now

  9. nhlol12345 - Dec 11, 2013 at 11:51 PM

    This is not a rivalry, and I don’t know who at NBCSN thought it would be. As a Hawks fan, I would rather see St Louis, Colorado, Dallas, Minnesota….or even Vancouver or Detroit. You know…actual rivals. The Hawks would have dismantled Minny, Dallas or Detroit, but at least there is SOME sort of rivalry with those teams. And at least St Louis, Colorado or Vancouver would have been a good game. I think NBCSN people just keep thinking, “Ok, let’s have a Pennsylvania team on every rivalry night.”

  10. therevrand - Dec 11, 2013 at 11:59 PM

    Raanta stuffing two short handed back to back breakaways???? SICK!!!!!!!

  11. PhillySN - Dec 12, 2013 at 12:30 AM

    Hossa has the best bargain contract in the NHL. A $5,275,000 cap hit for him is a steal. I’m so glad he’s on my fantasy team

    • drone501 - Dec 12, 2013 at 8:03 AM

      when hes not injured.

  12. slysipops - Dec 12, 2013 at 2:01 AM


  13. broadstreetsbaddest88 - Dec 12, 2013 at 2:23 AM

    It’s ridiculous how good and deep them hawks are. It’s not like most teams where ya shut down their top two players and your good, the hawks got 7 more players capable of putting it in the net. They’re passing game is so good not to mention they’re shooting. I think without a doubt no one is shutting them down on they’re way to another cup. They score so effortlessly and never lay pat when they’re down or on a lead. Only thing that would be their weaker point is goaltending but when ya score 6 goals a game who needs one. Other then the insane amount of stupid penalties the flyers have been making, I don’t think they played that bad. The effort was there at most times but they were outmatched. I really wish they played mason. Don’t know why emery was in against a team like the hawks. Not all them goals where on him though. We looked like we had a good chance in the first period. But the hawks showed how good they consistently are

    • tfilarski - Dec 12, 2013 at 8:16 AM

      definitely going to be tough to beat the hawks in a 7 game series

  14. slaugin - Dec 12, 2013 at 3:24 AM

    This article gas nothing to do with injury or suspension…ABOU TIME!!!!!!

    • mehetmet - Dec 12, 2013 at 7:36 AM

      I think it should, or there should at least be one. There was a deliberate cross-check to the back of a Chicago players head in the 2nd period. the NBCSN broadcast caught it and talked about it for a few minutes, but I don’t see any mention of it here. There was no penalty and the guy who was hit dropped straight to the ice. He got up and skated away, but it was brutal and is the type of hit that should be subject to supplemental discipline.

      • tfilarski - Dec 12, 2013 at 8:18 AM

        versteeg took a cross check to the back of the head against the boards and the flyer gave him a little tap. that play should be reviewed especially -like you said- NBCSN caught it on camera at such a good angle

      • dirt2013 - Dec 12, 2013 at 9:05 AM

        If you called everything the Flyers do they would have no one on the ice.

      • skimmer0220 - Dec 12, 2013 at 9:29 AM

        lmao, lmfao!!

        but seriously as a Flyers fan this rivalry is over. It was over when they traded richy and carter away. The only players that remember this rivalry is Claude, Cobern, Timonen, and Hartnel. The goalie that lost us the cup is gone as well as his backup and the coach is different so how the hell does NBC try to bank on the fact that Chicago beat them in the cup finals 3 years ago? its quite ridiculous

        now as far as the game go’s yes TImonen was right this will be a messaure to see how they match up against the best in the league. The Flyers have struggled to stay .500 all season long and well they’ll most likely stay .500 all season long unless they start playing like they did 2 years ago. It’s a shame to see all the good goal tending (with the exception of last night) go t waste. With the circus the Bryz was last year this is a breath of fresh air. I don’t think Homer will blow the team up with trades but they gotta do something to get these guys to wake up

  15. maozi3 - Dec 12, 2013 at 12:33 PM

    I’m getting hooked on the BHawks..but i have two questions about tonight’s game and their overall play:
    -why cant they fix the PK issues? coach Q says they’ve worked on it…. both goals came from PK lapses and during the game NBCS posted a graphic showing the BH 2013 as one of the worst in the history of the NHL
    -before the Flyers lost their cool, Chicago was having a hard time clearing the puck out of their zone from the strong forechecking in the first period. isnt this a problem for the BH with the more disciplined quality forechecking teams in the leage?

    • cfos00 - Dec 12, 2013 at 12:48 PM

      The PK has really felt the loss of Frolik. While not a high minutes guy even strength, the guy was a flat out beast on the PK. But you can’t afford to keep everyone in the cap era, and he was an odd man out. They’re still trying to find a good replacement for him, and haven’t really had anyone step up there.

      On the passing out of their zone, they’re normally one of the best in the NHL. They don’t turn it over a ton, and almost all of the defensemen can pass and skate. The downside to that is sometimes they trust their skills a little too much, and either take a dumb risk or turn it over when they aren’t sharp or are a little off that night. And sometimes they just start off a little slow. Normally, that doesn’t last too long. They’ve handled teams with good forechecks for the past few seasons, and they will as long as they have these defensemen. Strong forechecking obviously helps any team, but the Hawks are normally pretty good at countering it by moving the puck. Outside of the PK and faceoffs, there’s not a lot that the Hawks aren’t pretty darn good at.

    • slysipops - Dec 12, 2013 at 7:42 PM

      last year the HAWKS PP lacked on so many nights ,but, the PK was great.i guess if everything was clicking on all cylinders all the time there would be no use to play the whole season ..just give the team that had it all the cup ! FROLIC was deffinately awesome last year on the PK ,but you can’t always keep everyone. some guys think they will do better elsewhere…sometimes they do and sometimes they don’t. the HAWKS are the # 1 goal scoring team in the league, yet a few games ago got beat after putting 50 + shots on net…go figure . if they continue to play as they are right now ,i doubt that anyone would take a 7 game series from them.BUT again , look at last years’ playoffs…. the REDWINGS came within a eyelash of putting the HAWKS on an early summer vacation and the WINGS were not exactly a powerhouse. YA NEVER KNOW WHAT CAN HAPPEN!

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