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6 results from Chicago Blackhawks’ 3-1 loss to Philadelphia Flyers

The Chicago Blackhawks played the Philadelphia Flyers very closely despite not being on the scoresheet in Wednesday’s 3-1 loss at the United Center.

That’s the last thing the Hawks want to hear.

“It’s disappointing,” said Colin Blackwell, who scored the Hawks’ only goal. “We had some opportunities. It turned out they were working better than us in some different aspects of the game. I thought it was up for grabs for a while.”

Blackwell has this in mind: in 57 games on the season, the Hawks have won back-to-backs just once.

“From my perspective, I hope other guys feel the same way; it’s frustrating,” he said. “Just doing the little things, keeping the ship moving in the right direction.

“There are only so many times you can say that you are close. It’s been close for a long time.”

The Hawks started the match unlucky due to friendly fire.

Flyers defenseman Travis Sanheim opened the scoring with a wrist shot that deflected off Alex Vlasic’s stick.

Photos: Philadelphia Flyers 3, Chicago Blackhawks 1

Colin Blackwell responded with a beautiful finger drag goal about a minute later.

In the second period, the Hawks moved away from a tough game due to a few mistakes.

Travis Konecny ​​extended his point streak to seven games by passing Arvid Söderblom after a layup past Jarred Tinordi.

“(Isaak Phillips) probably could have helped Tinordi a little bit on Konecny’s quick goal,” coach Luke Richardson said. “But we are trying to strengthen our defense to stay in their side, but there are plays you have to learn to read on the fly.”

After stopping Noah Cates’ shot, Söderblom gave the rebound to Hathaway on the doorstep, contributing to Garnet Hathaway’s goal.

The Hawks, on the other hand, were unable to make another splash despite Bedard loosening up on offense.

He had nine shot attempts but only two found the target. Six were foiled and the other was missed.

“It was a pretty even game,” Richardson said. “They are exactly what they are: blocking a lot of shots. It was frustrating trying to get pucks into the net in the end. But that’s kind of their MO, and we knew that.

“We created as good chances as they did, but unfortunately they also scored a few goals and in the end we couldn’t get a rebound.”

Richardson singled out Blackwell not just for his goal but also for his praise.

“He got fired up on the bench in the third period,” the coach said. “The referee had to come and tell me to calm him down. But everyone can respect his energy and desire.”

Here are my six takeaways.

1. What does Arvid Söderblom need to do to win?

Chicago Blackhawks goaltender Arvid Soderblom watches the puck fly away during the second period against the Philadelphia Flyers at the United Center on Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2024. (John J. Kim/Chicago Tribune)

A modest suggestion: Söderblom will have to make some unexpected pauses.

It’s hard to stop Konecny ​​from picking the corner, especially after beating both defenders, but sometimes big stops like this are needed.

Söderblom also needs to shoot more and not cough up rebounds, especially with so much traffic around the net. This became his Achilles heel.

Of course, that doesn’t let the Hawks off the hook. They seem to have picked up some of their worst habits defensively when he’s at the net.

“We didn’t give (Söderblom or Petr Mrázek) the run support offense they needed to get in the win column, which is definitely frustrating and something we’ve talked about the last few games he’s played in net,” Blackwell said.

“It’s definitely disappointing, frustrating and I’m sure he’s pretty disappointed too.”

2. Was this the best goal of Colin Blackwell’s career?

Joey Anderson put Blackwell two-on-one with Jason Dickinson.

Philadelphia’s Jamie Drysdale used his slide technique to intercept Dickinson’s pass, but Blackwell curled and drifted around him before picking out the corner against Samuel Ersson.

“He’s got a lot of patience,” said Anderson, who made the assist. “It was a great thought process shooting against the grain there. Even watching those types of games with Connor (Bedard) coming back, guys are starting to feel a little more confident watching that.”

Blackwell gave more credit to Anderson and the defense for getting things going.

“Everybody was doing great things defensively, which gave me a little break and then getting into the game,” he said. “(Anderson) made a great indirect pass that gave me some time and space.

“I was lucky to play with these guys, I helped people put me in the right place, in the right direction, so congratulations to these guys. “It was definitely nice, but they did the heavy lifting in the D zone.”

3. Connor Bedard introduces another non-emphasis.

Blackhawks center Connor Bedard (98) stays behind Flyers goaltender Samuel Ersson (33) as he stops Ersson's shot on goal in the third period at the United Center in Chicago on Feb. 21, 2024.  (John J. Kim/Chicago Tribune)
Chicago Blackhawks center Connor Bedard stays behind Philadelphia Flyers goalie Samuel Ersson as he stops Ersson’s shot on goal in the third period at the United Center on Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2024. (John J. Kim/Chicago Tribune)

In the second period, Bedard swiped Nick Seeler’s stick, maneuvered the puck between his legs and hit a quick backhand.

The only part of the job he couldn’t do was beat Ersson in the game.

“It was a good move,” Anderson said. “Guys are always looking for her to do things like this. … Eventually one of them will break in and the whole building will go crazy.”

4. Here’s the lowdown on Taylor Raddysh’s luck.

Taylor Raddysh had a two-on-one rush with Tyler Johnson in the first period, with Johnson delivering a well-placed backdoor pass.

Raddysh tried to get to the top shelf, but Ersson took him out of the air.

The Hawks forward has scored five goals in Seattle since December 14th. He has one point since returning from a left groin strain on Jan. 9.

Richardson called it a “good save” from Ersson. “(Raddysh) could always get it a little higher, get it out a little quicker, but he wants to make sure he gets a piece or a good enough piece with a variable pass. made.

“There’s some snakebite in the castle area right now.”

5. The Hawks are “shooting” themselves in the foot.

Flyers left wing Nicolas Deslauriers (44) and Blackhawks right wing MacKenzie Entwistle (58) make contact in the third period at the United Center in Chicago on February 21, 2024.  (John J. Kim/Chicago Tribune)
Philadelphia Flyers left wing Nicolas Deslauriers and Chicago Blackhawks right wing MacKenzie Entwistle make contact during the third period on Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2024, at the United Center. (John J. Kim/Chicago Tribune)

The Hawks’ plan entering the game was to protect Söderblom by limiting the shots he faced.

“There’s nothing at the back door or anything that’s surprising for a goalkeeper who creates distrust, sinking the goalkeeper into his net,” Richardson said.

That’s it for this idea.

The Flyers went all-out on their 33 shots, eclipsing the Hawks’ 22.

“Philly comes hard, they’re a high-volume shooting team,” Blackwell said. “When you get into our defensive zone, they will shoot pucks from everywhere.”

Added Richardson: “Other than the two goals, I thought we made a lot more plays in the O zone than they did. We couldn’t get the puck to the goal.”

The Hawks have allowed 42 shots on goal in back-to-back games. They entered a series where the opponents created opportunities in the second and third periods, and the Hawks turned the tables in the third period.

Anderson said the Hawks needed to get into attack mode earlier.

“We let the other team dictate most of the game,” he said. “We must find a way to include the four lines, to advance the four lines. (This) will lead to more success and men will build on that.

“By the time you get into the third period and (you) start doing that, it’s too late.”

6. Andreas Athanasiou moves closer to a comeback.

He participated in some practices and took shots on his own, but wore a green non-contact jersey, indicating he was still trying to get back into playing shape.

Wednesday was Athanasiou’s 45th game missed, but Richardson remains optimistic he will return to action this season.

“He said he felt really good on the controlled stuff,” Richardson said after his morning skate. “We just watch fast twitch, fast burst stuff, which is his game. We haven’t graduated from there yet.

“Today’s (skating) is another first step in continuing to have consecutive days. “This will be a big thing for him in terms of fitness.”

Richardson couldn’t predict a timeline, but will mostly trust Athanasiou’s instincts.

“When he feels a little safer, when he feels less vulnerable, he’s the only one who can give us that feeling,” she said.

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