The Chicago Blackhawks have been one of the worst teams in the league this season but have been on an absolute roll lately. On Thursday night, looked to keep their winning ways going.
The Philadelphia Flyers aren’t having the best season ever but a recent surge has them feeling good about their game at the moment as well. When the season is over, both of them will be on the outside looking in.
The Chicago Blackhawks haven’t won in Philadelphia in multiple decades. 1996 was the last time it happened. Of course, this only includes the regular season as the Hawks won the Stanley Cup there in 2010.
It is just one of those stats that is a little bit surprising for anyone that watches hockey regularly. How does a team go a quarter of a century without beating a specific team on the road? Finally, they got it done.
The Chicago Blackhawks earned a huge win on the road in Philadelphia.
At 8:52 of the first period, Morgan Frost gave the Philadelphia Flyers a 1-0 lead making it seem like they would keep the streak going. It was not the way that Chicago mapped out the start of the game.
That would be the only goal scored by the Flyers in this one though. From there, Jonathan Toews and the Hawks scored four unanswered goals and won the game by a final score of 4-1. That happened to be the same score of the game they last won in Philly in 1996.
Toews got the game tied and then Reese Johnson, Tyler Johnson, and Philipp Kurashev scored one each after that. Getting the win was an outstanding group effort.
The Blackhawks are in the Connor Bedard sweepstakes right now but all of this winning does decrease their odds. They want to feel good about themselves but it would be nice if the teams around them in the standings won just a little bit more too.
Next in line for the Blackhawks is the rival St. Louis Blues on Saturday night. Neither team is where they want to be right now but this is always a premier NHL matchup just because of the two teams playing. These are the types of matchups that the players get up a little more for.