We’ve been waiting for a dominating win like this one. The Blackhawks were rewarded for being better than and outplaying the Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday night. Considering the ways Chicago has won this year, it was a relief to see them get out to an early lead and not let up for a full 60 minutes. It’s weird to say this after watching him give up four goals, but Steve Mason was the reason this game wasn’t a dozen to nil. The Flyers defensemen are awful and the Blackhawks made them pay.

Let’s break down this beating, shall we?

  • Antti Raanta, The Lord of the Downstairs, was good tonight. Yes, it was 4-0 and the game wasn’t ever really in jeopardy, but the 2nd year netminder came up with a handful of really good stops late in the second that snuffed out any potential comeback from the Flyers.
  • The power play was pretty neat. 2 for 4, both goals from Patrick Kane, and neither goal from further than 3 feet out in front of the net.
  • Chicago’s bottom six is damn good. The Bickell-Richards-Saad line was outstanding. They delivered a punishing forecheck and 10 of the Hawks’ 43 shots on goal. That’s some good bottom third line production, folks.
  • Speaking of the bottom six… That fourth line is effective. Danny Carcillo skates better than anyone the Hawks have stuffed on the fourth line in the last year or so, and I’m including Jeremy Morin here. Despite his inability to finish, the 29 year old adds a dimension on the wing that lets Kruger and Smith be creative. It’s weird saying that.
  • While we’re on Carcillo, his maturity in the game ended any sort of rallying cry the Flyers might be able to make. He turned down a scrap with Rinaldo in the first, and just kind of pushed and shoved in the second when Blair Jones ran Smith. He did a good job.
  • Andrew Shaw, Second Line Center, was embarrassing in the faceoff dot again.
  • Kane’s linemates were pretty much non-existent at even strength. This will be a thing for quite some time. Blerg.
  • Claude Giroux is pretty good at hockey. He was the only dangerous player the Flyers had all game.

Points in every game so far. Not too many complaints. And now finally a fun game to watch. This team is off to a great start, it continues against the #Perds on Thursday.