CHICAGO (AP) – Alex DeBrynkat scored his 41st goal in the third period, and Kevin Lankinen made 33 saves, helping the Chicago Blackhawks beat the Philadelphia Flyers 3-1 Monday night in an unlucky match.
Jonathan Teuse scored a goal and gave the assist when Chicago (27-42-11) won only the fifth time in the last 20 games. Eric Gustafson also scored, and Dominic Kubalik gave the assist in his 200th NHL game.
Philadelphia has lost for the 12th time in its last 16 games. Kevin Hayes scored for the Flyers (25-44-11) and Felix Sandstrom made 30 stops in his fourth start in the NHL.
Chicago held the lead 2-1 when DeBryncat turned a one-time pass from Patrick Kane on the ice at 7:45 p.m. DeBrinkat has met the highest scores in his career in terms of goals scored in the 2018-19 season.
Blackhawks defender Jake McCabe was sent off for the trip with a score of 1:23 on the left, and Bobby Brink of Philadelphia hit the puck from the inside of the right bar. He nearly walked away from Lankinen and entered, but defender Riley Stillman took him off the line.
The Flyers went with a score of 0 to 4 in the power play, continuing their seasonal problems of special teams, and the Blackhawks went with a score of 0 to 5 with a human advantage.
Returning home after a sluggish trip from three games, Chicago quickly started behind Tauz.
The central veteran set up lagging Gustafson to hit his wrist from a high slot that made it 1-0 at 1:44. It was Gustafson’s first goal since Jan. 28 and his third of the season.
Tawes was sent off for a sharp shot at 4:08, but he came out of the penalty area, got a good pass from Sam Lafferty and defeated Sandstrom for his 12th goal in 69 games this season. The captain missed the entire last year with what he called chronic immune response syndrome.
The Flyers then returned one goal when Hayes finished 2-on-1 with Scott Lawton, scoring his 10th goal in 8:03. Lotan escaped two minutes before the start of the first, but Lankinen refused.
Hayes was nominated for the Bill Masterton Trophy by the Philadelphia Association of Professional Hockey Writers, and Blackhawks forward Dylan Strom was nominated by Chicago. The Masterton Award is given to the player who best demonstrates the qualities of perseverance, athleticism and dedication to hockey.
THIS IS A TURNOVER
Blackhawks coach Derek King has said that defender Connor Murphy (concussion protocol) and forwards Kirby Dutch (right shoulder dislocation) and Mackenzie Entwistle (right shoulder) will not play in the team’s last two games of the season. Murphy and Dutch rode with the team on Monday morning.
Leaflets: Winnipeg on Wednesday night and then home for the season finale on Friday night against Ottawa.
Blackhawks: Take Vegas on Wednesday night and then visit Buffalo on Friday night.