Flyers Fall Backward Against the Blackhawks

The Philadelphia Flyers fall backward against the Chicago Blackhawks. It was an atrocious display of hockey in a 4-1 loss at the Wells Fargo Center on Thursday night. Morgan Frost scored the Flyers’ lone goal.

The Blackhawks (13-26-4), coming into tonight, are in a tie with the Blue Jackets for the NHL’s fewest points (28). Chicago is allowing 3.69 goals per game and with a 3-11-2 road record. On the opposite side, The Flyers (19-20-7) are coming off of an 8-2-0 stretch over their previous 10 games.

Poor Play

The Philadlephia Flyers went 0 for 2 on the power play and were swiss cheese on defensive. After the NHL-best Bruins sent Carter Hart packing halfway through Monday’s contest, he returned to the net to hopefully rebound against the struggling Blackhawks. The 24-year-old had another down game. Hart allowed some decent-sized rebounds. The Flyers spent more time watching instead of turning the pressure on. Hart made 25 saves on 28 shots.

The only goal by the Flyers was provided by Morgan Frost. He carried the puck through the neutral zone and fired past Mrazek’s glove. The goal gave the Flyers a 1-0 lead at the first intermission. That is about as good as it gets for the Orange and Black. The young center seems to be finding his way on the team. He has 16 points (seven goals, nine assists) over the last 18 games.

Defense Falls Apart

During the second period, Jonathan Toews netted a goal on a deflection from Jones’ shot from long range with 10:09 left in the period. Six minutes later, Reese Johnson put Chicago in front 2-1 with a wrist shot from the middle of the ice. Chicago turned a 1-0 deficit into a 2-1 advantage in the span of six minutes. The Blackhawks find net on a redirection by Jonathan Toews and Reese Johnson score. Hart allowed a goal to Tyler Johnson just 35 seconds into the third period. This sent Philly in a 3-1 hole. Patrick Kane with the assist. The Flyers were finished off by an empty-net goal in the final minute. Chicago netminder Petr Mrazek, a brief former Flyer, stopped 38 of 39 shots.

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The Philadelphia Flyers fall backward against the Chicago Blackhawks. The Flyers don’t see the Blackhawks again until their regular-season finale on April 13 in Chicago. The Flyers return to action against the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday night.

Al Zaffiri
Al Zaffiri

Al is one of the two co-creators of Edge of Philly Sports. Al started radio and podcasting in 2012 and covering sports in 2015. A lifelong Philly sports fan since watching the Eagles, Phillies, Sixers, and Flyers with his grandfathers at age 7. Al always looks at the other side of the hot topics and gives his different outlook on those topics. Web and Graphic Design.