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Blackhawks rip Flyers behind strong second period

Chicago, IL (SportsNetwork.com) - Duncan Keith and Andrew Shaw scored within a 39-second span, fueling a five-goal second-period outburst which sent Chicago over Philadelphia, 7-2, at United Center.

Michal Handzus, Kris Versteeg and Jonathan Toews also produced red lights in the deciding period for the Blackhawks, who were coming off a 6-2 win at Dallas on Tuesday and have won three in a row after dropping three straight.

Antti Raanta picked up the win with 28 saves, as Chicago boosted its NHL-best point total to 51 and its league-high goal total to 129.

"I don't think it's something we ever talk about, it's just that silent, quiet confidence knowing that we have the ability to score goals and generate offense," Keith said of the team's prolific scoring pace.

Jakub Voracek and Steve Downie tallied for the Flyers, who finished 2-4-0 on their six-game road trip.

In his return to Chicago, Ray Emery was shelled for six goals on 18 shots in just over two periods of work to take the loss. Steve Mason made four stops in the third.

The barrage began when Patrick Sharp fed Keith for a successful left-point blast in the middle portion of Chicago's initial power play at the 43-second mark.

Shaw put the 'Hawks ahead to stay 39 seconds later, fooling Andrej Meszaros behind the Flyers' net and scoring on a wraparound at the right post.

Handzus finished off a 2-on-1 short-handed break with a shot from the left side of the crease which tipped off his skate and stick to make it 3-1 Chicago at 5:27.

Philly got it back while up a man 44 seconds later, with Downie being credited on the final push in a goalmouth scramble, only to see Versteeg convert a Brandon Saad pass on the doorstep just after the next advantage expired and give the hosts a 4-2 edge just prior to the midway point.

Emery did the splits facing the crease to stop Toews in close minutes later, but couldn't stop a screamer from Sharp that caromed off Toews atop the crease for a 5-2 game at 14:15.

"You can't make excuses," Emery said. "As a whole, we have to play better in the second."

Brent Seabrook managed to snap his stick in half on a right-point drive, which still knuckled its way past Emery for a 6-2 Blackhawks' edge at 1:05 of the third.

Raanta kept up his end of the bargain despite some shoddy play, as he casually gloved down a Brayden Schenn short-handed breakaway, then Michael Raffl failed on his chance alone on the Chicago netminder on the following shift.

Sharp's shot from the left post seconds into a Blackhawks two-man edge boosted the hosts to a 7-2 lead and the hosts took their collective foot off the gas.

Things were much different for Philadelphia early on. Voracek's low shot from the left circle zipped home inside the far post in the early stages of a power play with 7:29 remaining in the first period.

After a second advantage fell by the wayside, Raanta stood firm in his crease to stop a Downie breakaway, but the visitors led by one after 20 minutes and enjoyed a 10-6 shot margin.

Game Notes

Tuesday's five-goal margin marked the Blackhawks' largest in a win over Philadelphia at home since a similar 7-2 result on Feb. 11, 1973 at Chicago Stadium ... Chicago hadn't scored at least six goals in three straight games since doing so from Jan. 21-24, 1993 -- all 6-2 wins (vs. Washington, Hartford and Vancouver) ... The Blackhawks halted a three-game regular-season losing streak to the Flyers, since a 5-1 decision in Chicago on Dec. 26, 2008 ... Philadelphia fell to 17-28-19 all-time in Chicago, but 7-4-1 since October of 1993 ... The Blackhawks entered play ranked 28th on the penalty kill (74.7 percent) and gave up two goals on five chances.

12/12 01:23:06 ET

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2013 - 2014 NHL Eastern Conference Standings
 
Atlantic Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
p-Boston 54 19 9 117 261 177 31-7-3 23-12-6 18-9-3
x-Tampa Bay 46 27 9 101 240 215 25-10-6 21-17-3 19-8-3
x-Montreal 46 28 8 100 215 204 23-13-5 23-15-3 18-8-4
x-Detroit 39 28 15 93 222 230 18-13-10 21-15-5 17-8-5
Ottawa 37 31 14 88 236 265 18-17-6 19-14-8 14-9-7
Toronto 38 36 8 84 231 256 24-16-1 14-20-7 14-13-3
Florida 29 45 8 66 196 268 16-20-5 13-25-3 13-16-1
Buffalo 21 51 10 52 157 248 13-21-7 8-30-3 7-18-5
 
Metropolitan Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Pittsburgh 51 24 7 109 249 207 28-9-4 23-15-3 20-8-2
x-NY Rangers 45 31 6 96 218 193 20-17-4 25-14-2 16-11-3
x-Philadelphia 42 30 10 94 236 235 24-14-3 18-16-7 15-11-4
x-Columbus 43 32 7 93 231 216 22-15-4 21-17-3 16-13-1
Washington 38 30 14 90 235 240 21-13-7 17-17-7 12-15-3
New Jersey 35 29 18 88 197 208 21-11-9 14-18-9 16-9-5
Carolina 36 35 11 83 207 230 18-17-6 18-18-5 15-13-2
NY Islanders 34 37 11 79 225 267 13-19-9 21-18-2 10-16-4
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
2013 - 2014 NHL Western Conference Standings
 
Central Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Colorado 52 22 8 112 250 220 26-11-4 26-11-4 19-6-3
x-St. Louis 52 23 7 111 248 191 28-9-4 24-14-3 21-6-2
x-Chicago 46 21 15 107 267 220 27-7-7 19-14-8 13-13-3
x-Minnesota 43 27 12 98 207 206 26-10-5 17-17-7 14-12-3
x-Dallas 40 31 11 91 235 228 23-11-7 17-20-4 13-11-5
Nashville 38 32 12 88 216 242 19-17-5 19-15-7 12-13-4
Winnipeg 37 35 10 84 227 237 18-17-6 19-18-4 9-15-5
 
Pacific Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
z-Anaheim 54 20 8 116 266 209 29-8-4 25-12-4 22-4-3
x-San Jose 51 22 9 111 249 200 29-7-5 22-15-4 18-7-3
x-Los Angeles 46 28 8 100 206 174 23-14-4 23-14-4 16-10-3
Phoenix 37 30 15 89 216 231 22-14-5 15-16-10 14-9-6
Vancouver 36 35 11 83 196 223 20-15-6 16-20-5 12-13-4
Calgary 35 40 7 77 209 241 19-19-3 16-21-4 11-15-3
Edmonton 29 44 9 67 203 270 16-22-3 13-22-6 8-17-4
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
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