CHICAGO (AP) — Jonathan Toews scored in his final game with the Chicago Blackhawks, but Ivan Provorov scored three:09 into overtime to lift the Philadelphia Flyers to a five-four victory Thursday evening in the season finale for every group.
Toews won 3 Stanley Cup titles in 15 seasons with Chicago, but basic manager Kyle Davidson announced earlier in the day that the group would not re-sign its longtime captain. Toews turns 35 on April 29, and the lowly Blackhawks are rebuilding.
Toews had a opportunity to win the game in overtime, but he was denied by Felix Sandstrom on a breakaway with about two:15 remaining. Provorov then closed it out for Philadelphia, beating Alex Stalock for his sixth aim of the season.
Toews’ final game with Chicago (26-49-7) added some electrical energy to a matchup of teams extended eliminated from the playoff race. And Philadelphia (31-38-13) played up to the challenge, earning a second straight win behind two targets and an help from Travis Konecny.
When it was more than, Toews and the Blackhawks took to the ice, and the group played a video honoring the center for his time with the franchise. Toews patted his heart and waved to the crowd of 20,219 — numerous dressed in different Toews jerseys — as it chanted “Jonny! Jonny!”
Toews was showered with cheers all evening extended, particularly when he redirected an Andreas Athanasiou pass for a energy-play aim 7:40 into the second period.
It was Toews’ 1st aim considering the fact that Jan. 28 and No. 15 on the season. He has 372 targets and 511 assists in 1,067 normal-season games — all with Chicago.
Philadelphia had a four-three lead for significantly of the third period, but Tyler Johnson discovered Athanasiou in front with two minutes left. It was Athanasiou’s 20th aim of the season.
Anders Bjork and Jujhar Khaira also scored for Chicago, which is in the mix for a prime position in the upcoming NHL draft. Stalock completed with 31 saves.
Owen Tippett had a aim and an help for Philadelphia. Noah Cates also scored, and Sandstrom completed with 34 stops.
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