CHICAGO — Defenseman Radko Gudas scored on a deflected shot in the third period and the surging Flyers beat the Blackhawks 3-2 on Wednesday to move into a wild card playoff spot.
Philadelphia improved to 8-1-1 in its past 10 games and leapfrogged idle Detroit for the eighth spot in the Eastern Conference. Chicago lost its fourth consecutive game.
Expansion draft: While the NHL decides whether to add teams, it has come up with a framework for an expansion draft. The plan was distributed to general managers at their meeting in Boca Raton. Las Vegas and Quebec City have applied for expansion teams. If one is added, teams possibly would lose one player each. If both are added, team could lose two players. Teams could protect seven forwards, three defensemen and one goalie or eight skaters and a goalie. Players in their first two years in any league and unsigned draft picks would be exempt.
First—1, Buf, Bogosian 5 (R.O'Reilly, Ristolainen), 15:17 (pp). Penalties—Bartley, Mon (holding), 14:16; Beaulieu, Mon (elbow), 18:58; Gorges, Buf (cross-checking), 18:58; Plekanec, Mon (unsportsmanlike conduct), 19:28; Kane, Buf (unsportsmanlike conduct), 19:28.
Second—2, Mon, Pateryn 1 (Galchenyuk), :47. 3, Mon, Markov 5 (Plekanec, Pacioretty), 19:57 (pp). Penalties—Pateryn, Mon (trip), 1:09; Colaiacovo, Buf (high-stick), 6:48; M.Brown, Mon, served by Andrighetto, double minor (roughing), 15:20; Pysyk, Buf (roughing), 15:20; Beaulieu, Mon, misconduct, 17:31; Moulson, Buf, misconduct, 17:31; McCabe, Buf (hooking), 17:31; McCarron, Mon (roughing, unsportsmanlike conduct), 19:30; Bogosian, Buf, double minor-misconduct (roughing), 19:30; Lehner, Buf, served by C.O'Reilly (roughing), 19:30.
Third—4, Buf, Foligno 10 (Legwand, Pysyk), 11:56 (sh). Penalties—Foligno, Buf (interfere), 1:24; Deslauriers, Buf, misconduct, 1:24; Kane, Buf (cross-check, unsportsmanlike conduct), 9:03; Markov, Mon (illegal check to head minor), 18:03. OT—5, Mon, Byron 9, 3:15. Penalty—Markov, Mon, misconduct, 2:58. SOG—Mon 5-10-7-0—22. Buf 15-10-13-5—43. PPs—Mon 1-6; Buf 1-4. Goalies—Mon, Scrivens 5-6-0 (43 shots-41 saves). Buf, Lehner 5-9-5 (15-12), Johnson (4:28 third, 7-7), Lehner 5-9-5 (0:00 OT).
First—1, Chi, Hossa 11 (Anisimov, Hjalmarsson), 8:18 (sh). 2, Phi, White 9 (MacDonald, Couturier), 18:48 (pp). Penalties—Toews, Chi (hook), 7:36; Bellemare, Phi (high-stick), 9:54; VandeVelde, Phi (delay game), 10:01; Panarin, Chi (interfere), 17:06; VandeVelde, Phi (elbow), 19:30.
Second—3, Chi, Toews 25 (Kane), 4:58. 4, Phi, Schenn 24 (Giroux, Simmonds), 13:02. Penalties—None.
Third—5, Phi, Gudas 3 (Couturier, Raffl), 9:53. Penalties—None. SOG—Phi 8-17-4—29. Chi 12-10-4—26. PPs—Phi 1 of 2; Chi 0 of 3. Goalies—Phi, Neuvirth 17-8-4 (26 shots-24 saves). Chi, Darling 6-6-2 (29-26).