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No trap here as Flyers bounce back, beat Blackhawks before big weekend

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No trap here as Flyers bounce back, beat Blackhawks before big weekend originally appeared on NBC Sports Philadelphia

John Tortorella had a real urgency to him to start this week, not wanting his Flyers to fall into the proverbial trap.

His intensity and focus paid off Wednesday night as the Flyers took care of the Blackhawks, 3-1, at United Center in Chicago.

Travis Sanheim, Travis Konecny and Garnet Hathaway provided the goals, while the Flyers yielded only 21 shots and blocked 21.

Tortorella’s club has picked up at least a point in six of its seven games following a much-needed nine-day reset. The Flyers are 5-1-1 since the bye week and All-Star festivities. They lost a season-worst five straight going into the break.

With 25 games left, the Flyers (30-20-7) are one win away from matching last season’s total (31-38-13).

The Blackhawks (15-39-3) have the fewest points in the NHL. The Flyers needed to rebound from an overtime loss to the Maple Leafs and a regulation defeat to the Devils in the 2024 Stadium Series.

Last weekend was a busy one for Tortorella’s team under the national spotlight. This weekend features a back-to-back set against two more Metropolitan Division clubs. The Flyers’ head coach wanted to make certain his team didn’t overlook Wednesday’s game.

“That’s what I’m worried about, Chicago plays hard and they’re in all the games,” Tortorella said Monday. “I just don’t want us to think outdoor game, Jersey, we just played Toronto and now we’re playing a team that’s last, right? I just don’t want them to play with their minds because it’s too important of a game for us.”

The Flyers held the Blackhawks’ 18-year-old star Connor Bedard scoreless. They meet Chicago again March 30 at the Wells Fargo Center.

• After taking an ill-timed penalty out of frustration in the Flyers’ 6-3 loss to New Jersey, Konecny played like a leader and an All-Star against the Blackhawks.

He made an excellent play to score the game-winning goal in the second period. Konecny drove the puck through the neutral zone and into the offensive zone before lacing a shot between the crossbar and post.

Over the last two seasons, Konecny has 115 points (58 goals, 57 assists) in 117 games.

• Despite outdoor games being most tricky for goaltenders, Samuel Ersson expressed accountability after giving up five goals to the Devils.

The 24-year-old answered Wednesday, stopping 21 of Chicago’s 22 shots.

The only goal he allowed came in the first period to Colin Blackwell, which tied the game at…

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