Photo: Frank Fimmano

Photo: Frank Fimmano

Flyers Blank Hawks 4-0

Since going on the west coast, the Flyers have been rolling and that continued with a 4-0 win over Chicago.

Looking completely different than the team who lost 6-1 two weeks ago, the Flyers put forth one of their best all around efforts of the season to defeat Chicago.

With Chicago controlling play early, the Flyers weathered the storm behind the stellar play of Brian Elliott. At 14:56 of the first period, things turned around, with a Chicago miscue and defensive zone turnover by Duncan Keith, Claude Giroux pounced on the puck and scored on Corey Crawford to make 1-0 Philadelphia.

Midway through the second period, Sean Couturier outmuscled Chris Kunitz of Chicago to go in on a breakaway and made it 2-0. The goal came as a penalty to Oskar Lindblom expired, and while the puck entered the net at 5v5, the entire play was basically a shorthanded effort.

Couturier would add another tally in the third period, as he shot a puck off the pad of Corey Crawford that was knocked into the net by former Flyers defender Brandon Manning.

The third period would get a bit chippy after David Kampf boarded Shayne Gostisbehere drawing no call despite being cut on the nose. However, the Flyers continued their fighting major free season, and avoided losing control while keeping the foot on the gas until the end of the game.

Late in the third, after a Nolan Patrick call during a Flyers powerplay led to 4 on 4 hockey, Chicago pulled their goalie despite the 3-0 deficit in an attempt to get on the board. However, the Flyers pounced on the puck, and Couturier notched his third point on the day with an assist as Patrick buried the empty net goal to make 4-0.

Elliot stopped 33 shots in the shutout and is looking like he might be back to form in net. Elliott coming into the game had an .899 SV% which improved to .909 with the shutout.

Claude Giroux finished with 3 points (1G-2A) passing Rick MacLeish for 4th all time on the Flyers scoring list. He’s also sitting at 699 career points.

The Flyers play at home on Tuesday against Florida.