Blackhawks 7, Flyers 2

Jerry Bonkowski, The Sports Xchange
The SportsXchange

CHICAGO -- After scoring 12 goals in their previous two games, the Blackhawks upped the ante with seven more Wednesday in yet another dominating performance, a 7-2 win over the Philadelphia Flyers at the United Center.
The Blackhawks outscored opponents 19-6 in the last three games -- all wins. Chicago (23-6-5) continues to lead the NHL in wins (23), goals per game (3.68) and goals scored (125).
In much the same way as in the prior two games, the Blackhawks spread the scoring around in Wednesday's game, with goals by defenseman Duncan Keith (second goal of the season) and Brent Seabrook (No. 3), centers Andrew Shaw (No. 10), Michal Handzus (No. 3) and team captain Jonathan Toews (No. 13), right winger Kris Versteeg (No. 5) and left winger Patrick Sharp (No. 15).
Philadelphia (13-15-3) scored first in the game, at 12:31 of the first period, on a power-play goal by right winger Jakub Voracek.
But the momentum quickly changed in the second period when the Blackhawks exploded for five goals against former teammate Ray Emery, now sharing goaltending duties with Steve Mason on the Flyers. Emery signed with Philadelphia during the offseason.
First, Keith scored just 43 seconds into the middle frame to tie the game at 1. Then, 39 seconds later, Shaw pulled off a perfect wrap-around goal past Emery to make it 2-0.
At 5:27, Handzus played a little give-and-go with fellow forward Marcus Kruger as they closed in on Emery. Handzus lost control of the puck but it bounced off his skate and trickled into the Flyers net, a short-handed effort at that.
Philadelphia closed the scoring gap to 3-2 at 6:11 on right winger Steve Downie's third goal on the power-play past Chicago goalie Antti Raanta.
Versteeg scored at 9:44 to put the Blackhawks back ahead by two goals, 4-2. Toews tallied at 14:15 to make it 5-2.
Chicago's onslaught continued in the third period when Seabrook scored at 1:05. Flyers coach Craig Berube had seen enough at that point, pulling Emery from his Chicago homecoming and replacing him with Mason.
With Philadelphia's Jay Rosehill (roughing) and Luke Schenn (elbowing) both sent to the penalty box at 9:13 of the third period, it took Sharp just 20 seconds to score with a 5-on-3 power-play advantage.
Sharp has been the hottest Blackhawk player of late, now with six goals in his last eight games.
Philadelphia outshot Chicago 30-23 in the game.
NOTES: Attendance was 21,141. The Blackhawks are now only six games away (206 regular season and 38 playoffs) from 250 consecutive sellouts at the United Center. ... After going 2-3 in the first five games, Philadelphia wrapped up a six-game, 13-day road trip that began Nov. 29 on Wednesday. The Flyers return home to face Montreal on Thursday, are at Washington on Friday and then play three of their next four games at home. ... The Blackhawks play at Toronto on Saturday before hosting the Los Angeles Kings on Sunday. ... Philadelphia came into the game holding a 55-43-30 edge over Chicago in the all-time series between the two teams. ... The Blackhawks welcomed back former G Ray Emery with a video presentation and large round of applause from fans. Unlike other players from last year's team that have moved on to other clubs, Emery did not acknowledge the video tribute or applause. ... The Blackhawks and the United Center have been selected to host the 2017 NCAA Men's Hockey Championship (the so-called "Frozen Four"). Also, the United Center agreed to a 20-year extension of title rights sponsorship with United Airlines through 2034. Financial terms were not disclosed.

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