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Top line sparks Flyers past Chicago; Shayne Gostisbehere makes some history

Sam Carchidi, The Philadelphia Inquirer on

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PHILADELPHIA -- The player they call "Ghost" helped haunt the Chicago Blackhawks on Thursday night.

So did the Wells Fargo Center. (Really.) And the Flyers' blistering top line.

Shayne Gostisbehere make some history and Claude Giroux and Jake Voracek each had three points as the Flyers defeated Chicago, 3-1, and handed the Blackhawks their 14th straight regular-season loss at the Wells Fargo Center.

Chicago's last regular-season win here was in 1996, the year the arena opened.

Gostisbehere set up Voracek's first-period goal to make it 2-0, and it enabled him to reach 100 career points at the start of his career quicker than any defenseman in Flyers history. He did it in his 155th career game.

"It means," Gostisbehere said, "my teammates are getting me the puck a lot."

The old record: 100 points in 163 games by Behn Wilson. (Mark Howe scored his 100th point with the Flyers in his 122nd game, but he didn't do it at the start of his career.)

Giroux scored the Flyers' first goal on a one-time tracer from the left circle after taking a feed from Voracek with 15:02 left in the first. Giroux fired his shot to the short side, just inside the left post. After the goal was scored, Chicago goalie Corey Crawford immediately went to the bench with a skate issue.

Crawford entered the night leading the NHL with a 1.77 goals-against average and a .945 save percentage.

"He's a pretty good goalie, so I was just trying to shoot as hard as I could," said Giroux, who has nine goals in 16 games after scoring just 14 goals in the entire 2016-17 season. "It could be my first goal against him. He's been owning me, so it was good to get one against him."

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