FLYERS CAN’T EVEN BEAT WOEFUL BLACKHAWKS: ‘WE SUCKED TONIGHT’!

By Jenny Masters

Connor Bedard had an assist, Philipp Kurashev, Joey Anderson and Lukas Reichel each added a goal and an assist and the woeful Chicago Blackhawks defeated the Flyers 5-1.

Nick Foligno and MacKenzie Entwistle also scored for rebuilding Chicago, which entered with the second-fewest points in the NHL. The Blackhawks improved to 22-47-5 overall and 7-29-1 on the road. Arvid Soderblom made 30 saves.

Tyson Foerster scored for the Flyers, and Samuel Ersson made 19 saves.

The Flyers started Saturday holding the final playoff spot in the Metropolitan Division, but are now behind Washington.

Despite both teams having 82 points, Philadelphia has played two more games than Washington.

Tortorella was shaking his head early and often behind the bench, as the Flyers came out slow against the lowly Blackhawks, who have already been eliminated from the playoff race.

“We sucked tonight,” Tortorella said. “We didn’t execute. We didn’t make one play.”

Reichel’s wraparound just 2:01 into the contest put the Blackhawks up 1-0, and Kurashev finished a 3-on-2 with a wrister past Ersson glove side after a pretty cross-ice pass from Bedard.

Bedard improved his team-leading points total to 57 with his 36th assist, which also is leading Chicago. The Blackhawks selected the 18-year-old star No. 1 in last spring’s draft.

After Philadelphia assistant captain Scott Laughton dropped the gloves with Ryan Donato at the end of the first period in an apparent attempt to spark his team, the Flyers pulled within 2-1 just 17 seconds into the second period on Foerster’s 20th of the season.

But Philadelphia couldn’t find the equalizer, and the Blackhawks took a two-goal lead with 2:32 remaining in the second on Foligno’s power-play tally on a one-timer from the slot. Anderson and Entwistle padded the Blackhawks’ advantage with goals in the third.

“Our guys did a good job of not really letting them get too much momentum,” Richardson said.

The Flyers were hurt by their own performance on the man-advantage, going 0 for 3. Philadelphia entered converting at an NHL-worst 13.2% on the power play.

“One thing I know about this group is we’re going to keep fighting until the end,” Philadelphia captain Sean Couturier said.

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