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Forsling returned after missing three straight games

Looking for a scoring boost, the Blackhawks reunited the top line that
helped them win three of the last seven Stanley Cups. But it was the
Flyers No. 1 unit that ruled on this night.

Claude Giroux and Jakub Voracek each had a goal and two assists and
linemate Sean Couturier also scored to lead Philadelphia over Chicago 3 1
on Thursday.

Brian Elliott made 38 saves for the Flyers, who avenged last
Wednesday s 3 0 loss at Chicago while beating the Blackhawks for the
14th straight time in Philadelphia during the regular season.

Chicago s last regular season victory at Philadelphia came on Nov.
9, 1996. The Blackhawks did clinch their 2010 Stanley Cup title with a
Game 6 win on the Flyers home ice.

Patrick Sharp, Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane starred on that team,
and coach Joel Quenneville put the trio back together against

But the Flyers top unit outplayed them.

It s a big matchup, a big challenge, but we re willing to go against anyone,
Couturier said. We feel confident about our game right now. For sure,
they re top guys in the league. Every game you want to outscore the
other line or outcompete them and as a line we re pretty confident right
now that we can do that every night. Tonight we did a good job.

Flyers coach Dave Hakstol bumped Couturier up from second line
center this season and shifted Giroux to left wing for the first time in
his career. The results thus far have been eye opening as the trio has
combined for 59 points — or 44 percent of Philadelphia s offense.

There s three good
players on that line and they all play the game differently, Hakstol
said. They have different strengths, but a big credit to them. They ve
worked well for our hockey team.

Connor Murphy scored for the Blackhawks.

Couturier upped his team leading total to 10 goals by finishing
Giroux s pass from close range four minutes into the second period to
give Philadelphia a 3 0 lead.

Chicago got on the board with 3 47 remaining in the second when
Murphy scored on a rebound from the left circle. Murphy s father, Gord,
is a Flyers assistant and watched the goal from the bench.

That was the only goal the Blackhawks could muster, and they have only three goals in their last three games.

When the pucks aren t going in , you have to find a way to play a
more complete game and we didn t do that tonight, Toews said. We all
just have a little faith, stick with it and once we see a few go in
everyone is going to feed off that confidence, that energy those goals give us.

The Blackhawks had a chance to pull closer during a 5 on 3 power
play near the end of the period, but the Flyers were able to kill it

The Flyers, playing with pep in their step after four days off, took
a 2 0 lead with a pair of first period goals in a strong opening 20

Giroux opened the scoring five minutes in by firing a one timer from
the slot past Corey Crawford. Voracek put Philadelphia ahead by two
with 7 52 left in the period when he scored on a one timer from the
right circle after a cross ice pass from Shayne Gostisbehere.

The assist gave Gostisbehere 100 points and made him the fastest to
that mark for any defenseman who started his career with the Flyers.

Crawford stopped 28 shots.

NOTES Chicago D Gustav Forsling returned after missing three
straight games with an upper body injury. ... Flyers rookie Nolan
Patrick missed his seventh consecutive game with an upper body injury Patrick Sharp Jersey,
but did skate on his own during the morning skate. He is targeting a
return next Tuesday at Minnesota. ... The Flyers held a moment of
silence before the game for former Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Roy
Halladay, who died in a plane crash Tuesday.
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