(Sports Network) - The Philadelphia Flyers try to rebound from yet another blowout loss tonight when they host the Chicago Blackhawks at the Wachovia Center.
Philly picked up a 3-2 shootout win over Atlanta last Thursday, as new head coach John Stevens managed his first NHL victory. However, two nights later the Flyers were trounced, 8-2, by visiting Pittsburgh. Sidney Crosby recorded his first career hat-trick and Evgeni Malkin scored in his fifth straight game to spark the Pens.
Mike Knuble and Stefan Ruzicka each had goals for the Flyers.
Antero Niittymaki stopped just five of the nine shots he faced, before being pulled in favor of Robert Esche in the second period. Esche didn't do much better, as he gave up four goals on 21 shots.
This was the Flyers' second blowout defeat in five games, as they were trounced, 9-1, by Buffalo on October 17.
Philadelphia plays the third portion of a five-game homestand tonight and will host Tampa Bay on Thursday.