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Giroux's marker in OT lifts Flyers past Blackhawks

Philadelphia,  PA (SportsNetwork.com)  - Claude Giroux scored the winning goal 
with  just 4.2 seconds  left in overtime to give the Philadelphia Flyers a 3-2 
win over the Chicago Blackhawks. 

With  time winding down  in the extra session, Giroux flew down the right wing 
into  the  zone and from  the circle  he snapped a  laser on net, using Duncan 
Keith as a screen, and it went in and out of the left corner for the win. 

"I  knew when I went on the ice 15 seconds, maybe 20 seconds," said Giroux. "I 
knew  there wasn't  a lot of time, so I  was just trying to shoot as hard as I 
can to the net and didn't really aim, to be honest. I just shot it on net." 

Scott  Hartnell  scored the other two  goals while Ray Emery allowed two early 
goals in the first period, but finished the game with 23 saves for the Flyers, 
who  have ripped of three straight wins and six of eight. 

Andrew  Shaw and Keith  had the goals for Chicago, which has lost three of its 
last four games. Antti Raanta gave up all three goals on 37 shots. 

"I  think  we  did a  lot  of  good  things  tonight. But,  definitely  really 
frustrating the way we gave that point up," said Keith. 

It  was  a quick start for  Chicago as Shaw scored  just 2:29 in off a blocked 
shot  from Michal  Handzus, and it was  a 2-0 game at 3:51 when Jonathan Toews 
sent  the disc  from the  right corner  to the  slot where  Keith's big  blast 
trickled past Emery. 

Philly,  though,  got one  back two minutes  later thanks to  a lucky break as 
Hartnell  was behind the  net and tried to send the puck to the left wing, but 
it hit off Marcus Kruger and snuck past Raanta. 

The  Flyers tied  the game  at 16:27  of the  first when  Giroux centered  the 
puck  from  the left of the  net and Hartnell one-timed  it in for his 18th of 
the year. 

"I  think it was a fun game to play. I'm sure it was a fun game to watch also, 
but  I think  we were  just enjoying  ourselves out  there, just  playing some 
hockey," said Giroux. "It was rough, we got a hit, we were hitting, and that's 
the best part of hockey." 

A  spirited  second period saw  each team get  a power play  and a total of 17 
shots  thrown on  net, 11 by Chicago, but  neither side was able to put one in 
and the game headed to the third period still tied. 

The Flyers appeared to take the lead with 6:12 to play when Brayden Schenn put 
in  the  puck from  down low  after it hit  the post  off a Vincent Lecavalier 
deflection,  but the goal was waived off as Lecavalier had hit the puck with a 
high stick. 

Late  in regulation Steve Downie backhanded the puck from the left side past a 
sprawling  Raanta. Schenn  had a chance to  knock it in, but his shot went off 
the post and the game went to overtime. 

                                   Game Notes 

The  Flyers host  the Stars  on Thursday  ... The  Flyers were  0-1-3 at  home 
against  the Blackhawks  in overtime during the regular season coming into the 
game  ... Chicago plays St. Louis on Wednesday at home ... Giroux has 24 goals 
and  71  points on  the season  ... Neither team  scored on  the power play as 
Philly  had five chances  and Chicago three ... The Blackhawks had taken a 7-2 
win over the Flyers in Chicago on Dec. 11. 

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