Giroux, Flyers defeat Blackhawks for second straight win
- Claude Giroux scored his first goal of the season for the Philadelphia Flyers in a 4-1 win against the Chicago Blackhawks at United Center on Thursday.
- Giroux made it 2-0 59 seconds into the second period when he scored from the slot with a redirection of Travis Sanheim’s pass from the left face-off circle.
- Oskar Lindblom, Kevin Hayes and James van Riemsdyk scored, and Brian Elliott made 23 saves in his second straight start for the Flyers (4-3-1), who have won two in a row after a four-game losing streak.
“It’s kind of natural to let off the gas,” said Elliott, who made 15 saves on 16 shots in the third period. “You’re trying to play safe a little bit, that results in getting on your heels a bit. We always try to say, ‘Stay on your toes and be responsible.’ It’s a great line you have to walk.
“We blocked a lot of shots (19). You saw with [Michael Raffl] at the end of the game there, we’re up with the big lead, but he’s still making that sacrifice. Those are the plays that we need, and I saw that in front of me all night.”
- Rookie Joel Farabee got his first NHL point with an assist on Hayes’ goal.
- Brandon Saad scored, and Robin Lehner made 19 saves in his second straight start for the Blackhawks (2-4-2), who have lost three straight and went 2-3-2 on their seven-game homestand.
“We all have to get better,” Lehner said. “I have to get better too. On the third goal, the breakaway, it would have been nice to have come up with a big save, and it would be 2-1 and who knows? But you don’t get rewarded if you don’t do the right things. I think it was an honest, well-deserved result today.”
- Raffl left the game with 32 seconds remaining after blocking a Slater Koekkoek shot. Vigneault said X-ray results were pending, but he doesn’t believe it’s a serious injury. …
- Konecny has 11 points (four goals, seven assists) in eight games this season, including at least one in seven of eight. …
- Kirby Dach, the No. 3 pick of the 2019 NHL Draft, got his first NHL assist on Saad’s goal after scoring his first NHL goal Tuesday in a 2-1 shootout loss against the Vegas Golden Knights.
Sources & Credits: Scott King / NHL.com, Philadelphia Flyers, Chicago Blackhawks