Blackhawks offensive explosion continues with 7-2 victory over F

Blackhawks offensive explosion continues with 7-2 victory over Flyers

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

It has been a long time since the Chicago Blackhawks have scored at least six goals in three consecutive games. Actually is hasn't happened since January of 1993. On Wednesday night the Hawks laid a seven spot on the Flyers to win their third straight game 7-2. The Blackhawks have scored an outrageous 19 goals in the past three contests.

No doubt the best way to make sure a green goaltender doesn't become overwhelmed from pressure is to provide a nice cushion. Antti Raanta has done a very good job and his teammates have supported him of late with an outburst of goals. Raanta has started in five games and came on in relief in two others. Each time Raanta has allowed only two goals and now has a lofty save percentage of .926.

Ray Emery had a shaky return to the United Center as he allowed six goals on 18 shots and was pulled 1:05 into the third period. Emery didn't look great but he didn't get much support. The Flyers were standing and watching as the Hawks buzzed around their net.

In 2010 Chicago defeated Philadelphia in the Stanley Cup Final. The Hawks had a rocky season the following year after undergoing a huge salary cap purge. Since then they have returned to fine form and captured another Cup.

Unfortunately for Philly faithful there has been a black cloud hovering over that franchise since 2011. In November of that year Chris Pronger was forced out of action with post concussion syndrome. Pronger was the heart of the Flyers and although he hasn't officially retired it has been reported he will never play hockey again.

Following the loss of Pronger the Flyers have made a few big trades that haven't worked out. They have also made poor choices on free agent signings and are now a shadow of the club that played for the 2010 Stanley Cup.

Currently the Blackhawks are on overdrive although they had a rather sluggish opening period. The Flyers had a one goal lead heading into the middle frame and then the Hawks scored five goals on a total of 11 shots. The home team took a 5-2 lead into the final period and added two more scores for good measure.

The Blackhawks lost their focus a few times in the third period and Raanta was called on to make some good saves. In a short span Raanta stopped two breakaways while the Hawks were on a power play.

The Flyers chased the Blackhawks for much of the night and were credited with 35 hits. Some were borderline dirty and the game was penalty filled. The Hawks scored on two of seven power plays while the Flyers recorded two goals with the man advantage on five opportunities.

The Blackhawks will take the show on the road for a Hockey Night in Canada matchup with the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday.

The Hawks pose all kinds of problems for the Leafs and if they can stay focused should pick up their fourth consecutive victory. Staying dialed in may not be easy as the Chicago players are treated like rock stars in the larger Canadian cities.

Al's Shots

The goal scorers for Chicago were Keith, Shaw, Handzus, Versteeg, Toews, Seabrook and Sharp.

Jonathan Toews has looked a bit off the past few games and wasn't taking some faceoffs Wednesday night. It was reported after the game Toews had his left pinky finger taped up. Toews mentioned it wasn't serious and that he let Patrick Sharp take some faceoffs as a precaution.

Sharp notched another a goal (15) plus two assists (17) on Wednesday, and is making a strong bid for a roster spot on Team Canada. Sharp has scored four goals and four assists in the last three games.

I will be back on Sunday morning and you can follow me on Twitter @AlCimaglia.

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