Hossa’s 500th goal helps Black­hawks beat Fly­ers

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - SPORTS - By Jay Cohen

CHICAGO » Mar­ian Hossa scored his 500th ca­reer goal, Artem Anisi­mov snapped a third-pe­riod tie with his first score of the sea­son and the Chicago Black­hawks beat the Philadel­phia Fly­ers 7-4 on Tues­day night.

Hossa’s power-play goal chased Michal Neu­virth and gave Chicago a 4-0 lead, but Philadel­phia re­sponded with four goals in a 5 ½-minute span over­lap­ping the sec­ond and third pe­ri­ods. Wayne Sim­monds, who hit the left post on two dif­fer­ent shots, tied it at 4 on the power play at 3:49 of the third.

The Fly­ers had all the mo­men­tum be­fore Artemi Pa­narin stepped up for the Black­hawks in his best game so far this sea­son. The Calder Tro­phy win­ner found a wide-open Anisi­mov for the tiebreak­ing goal at 10:24, and then fin­ished off a 2-on-1 with Pa­trick Kane, beat­ing Steve Ma­son for a 6-4 lead with 3:57 to go.

Pa­narin also scored on the power play dur­ing Chicago’s three-goal first. The Rus­sian winger was kept off the score­sheet dur­ing the Black­hawks’ first three games.

Anisi­mov added an empty-net­ter with 45 sec­onds left, help­ing Chicago to its sec­ond straight win af­ter it dropped its first two. Anisi­mov fin­ished with four points, and Kane had his first goal of the sea­son to go along with three as­sists.

The 37-year-old Hossa slid a back­han­der through Neu­virth’s legs at 5:04 of the sec­ond, be­com­ing the 44th player to reach 500 ca­reer goals. The rugged winger, long one of the NHL’s best two-way play­ers, then skated be­hind the net and threw his arms in the air be­fore cel­e­brat­ing with his team­mates in front of Chicago’s bench.

The crowd of 21,263 at the United Cen­ter roared when the mile­stone goal was an­nounced, and Hossa waved his stick to ac­knowl­edge the stand­ing ova­tion. But it looked as if he left in the third with an in­jury.

Neu­virth was pulled af­ter Hossa’s goal. He fin­ished with 12 saves, and Ma­son made nine stops.

Matt Read had two goals for Philadel­phia, and cap­tain Claude Giroux fin­ished with three as­sists. Sean Cou­turier also scored.

Corey Craw­ford made 23 saves for Chicago.


The Black­hawks Artem Anisi­mov (15) scores past Fly­ers goalie Steve Ma­son dur­ing the third pe­riod Tues­day in Chicago. The Black­hawks won 7-4.

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