Fans rose to their feet during a break in the opening period to salute Ray Emery on the goaltender's return to the United Center. The Blackhawks then welcomed their former teammate the way they know best, with a flurry of goals that left Emery and the Flyers dazed during a 7-2 pounding Wednesday night that gave the defending Stanley Cup champions their third consecutive victory. Emery, who departed the Hawks as a free agent after helping them win the 2013 Cup, didn't acknowledge the ovation in the first, nor did he when the crowd of 21,144 was again on its feet as he left the ice after being yanked early in the third after yielding six goals on 18 shots. "It was a tough night for Ray," Hawks captain Jonathan Toews said. "Sometimes that happens. We knew coming into (Wednesday night) what type of goaltender he is and how competitive he is and when you're up against a good goaltender like that you have to try to make things difficult on him. "We had some deflections, we had traffic (and) we had some tricky goals in tight. Most of the time there wasn't much he could do about it." In addition to Toews' score that capped a five-goal outburst in the second to end any doubt of the outcome, Patrick Sharp had a goal and two assists, Michal Handzus and Kris Versteeg each a goal and an assist while Andrew Shaw, Duncan Keith and Brent Seabrook all found the back of the net to help make a winner of goalie Antti Raanta. Marian Hossa added three assists and Patrick Kane two as the offense continues to be on fire with a combined 19 goals during their three-game streak.
Hawks chase Emery for 7-2 victory over Flyers
Chicago Tribune | Dec 12