More lottery chatter as Flyers lose to Blackhawks, fail to win 3 straight again


A rare spurt of consecutive wins came to an end Monday night for the Flyers as they lost to the Blackhawks, 3-1, at United Center in Chicago.

Both clubs came into the matchup playing out the string on their 2021-22 campaigns.

Kevin Hayes, who in the morning was announced as the Flyers' Masterton Trophy nominee, scored his team's lone goal.

With a 4-1 victory Sunday over the Penguins, the Flyers (25-44-11) had just won back-to-back games for the first time since March 5-8. They'll finish the season with only one winning streak greater than two games. They pulled off three straight wins from Dec. 10-14.

The Flyers split with the Blackhawks (27-42-11) in their two-game regular-season series (1-1-0).

• Joel Farabee angered Sam Lafferty in the final minute with a crosscheck on the Chicago forward as both raced for the puck. After Lafferty slammed into the boards, he put Farabee in a headlock.

Farabee was penalized for the crosscheck and Lafferty was whistled for roughing.

The play probably won't warrant any kind of suspension for Farabee, but you never know. Maybe a fine at the worst.

• With two games left, the Flyers' chances of finishing in the bottom three of the NHL standings are still pretty decent. That, of course, would only help the team's 2022 NHL draft lottery odds.

The Flyers, 29th in the league's 32-team standings, are three points ahead of the expansion Kraken, but Seattle has two games in hand with four remaining. Three of those four matchups are against non-playoff clubs.


The Blackhawks' victory pushed them four points up on the Flyers. The Devils are one point up on the Flyers with three games to go.

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• The Flyers' kids — Morgan Frost, Noah Cates and Owen Tippett — were quieted after combining for three goals and three assists in the Flyers' upset of Pittsburgh.

Scott Laughton and Travis Konecny registered assists on Hayes' first-period goal. Laughton made a nice no-look pass on a 2-on-1.

On a third-period rush, Hayes couldn't handle a pass and Chicago quickly countered. As a result, Alex DeBrincat was left open for a one-timer and his 41st goal to pin the Flyers in the 3-1 hole they couldn't overcome.

Flyers fail to win 3rd straight in loss to Blackhawks

• The Flyers' power play entered at an NHL-worst 12.3 percent. It finished 0 for 4 on the night and is 9 for 109 (8.3 percent) since the start of February.

At the end of a first-period man advantage, a Bobby Brink turnover went the other way and Jonathan Toews jumped out of the penalty box for a breakaway goal to extend the Blackhawks' lead to 2-0.

Erik Gustafsson, a one-and-done defenseman with the Flyers last season, staked Chicago to a 1-0 advantage only 1:44 minutes into the game.

On the other side of their special teams, the Flyers went 5 for 5 on the penalty kill and had some decent looks for a potential shorthanded goal in the third period.

• Making his fourth career start, Felix Sandstrom recorded 30 saves on 33 shots.

In the final six minutes of the first period, Sandstrom made a pair of superb sprawling saves to keep the Flyers down only 2-1. The first came on Philipp Kurashev and the second on Dominik Kubalik.

All in all, the 25-year-old Swede has handled himself pretty well. Despite being without an NHL win, he has put up a .914 save percentage in his four outings.

Chicago netminder Kevin Lankinen stopped 33 of the Flyers' 34 shots.

• In Game 81 of 82, the Flyers visit the Jets on Wednesday (7:30 p.m. ET/NBCSP).

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