Gagner pots winner, Neuvirth pitches second straight shutout as Flyers blank Blackhawks on Kimmo Timonen night

Updated: October 15, 2015 at 12:55 pm by Brady Trettenero


Michael Neuvirth pitched his second straight shutout Wednesday, stopping all 30 shots he faced to propel the Philadelphia Flyers to a 3-0 win over the Chicago Blackhawks at the Wells Fargo Center on Kimmo Timonen retirement night.

Neuvirth shut down a potent Chicago offense including superstars Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane and Marian Hossa and helped the Flyers stymie the dangerous Blackhawks power play that had five opportunities on the night.

Sam Gagner, Claude Giroux and Matt Read all scored their first goals of the season for the Flyers in the victory.

The Flyers are now 2-1-1 to start the season and in the process have taken last year’s top team in the Eastern Conference to overtime and beaten the 2014-15 Stanley Cup champions.

Neuvirth has now stopped 61 straight shots since starting the Flyers home opener against the Florida Panthers.

The Flyers were outshot 30-29 on the night and got on the board 5:35 into the second period on the power play. Sam Gagner took a feed from Michael Del Zotto at the point and wired a shot past goaltedner Corey Crawford for his first ever goal in the orange and black.

Claude Giroux added to the lead with his first of the season towards the end of the period after Michael Raffl took the puck to the net and Giroux found the loose puck and tucked it home.

Matt Read scored late in the final period to solidify a 3-0 victory.

Kimmo Timonen was honored before the game with a video tribute and a ceremonial puck drop. The blueliner spent eight seasons with Philadelphia before winning the Stanley Cup with the Blackhawks in June after being traded to Chicago late last season.

The Flyers now have a five-day break before they take on the Dallas Stars on Tuesday.

Key Stats/ Takeaways

  • Claude Giroux was playing his 500th NHL career NHL game tonight. He now has 145 goals and 452 career points
  • Michal Neuvirth joins Jeff Hackett as the only Flyers goalies to get shutouts in their first two starts with the team
  • After another fantasic showing from the penalty kill tonight, the Flyers have now killed off 12 straight penalties
  • Tonight was Jakub Voracek’s 230th consecutive game with the Flyers – the most among active Flyers. With his first point of the season, the first $1K will be donated to multiple sclerosis as part of his foundation. 1 point = $1K. What a great cause
  • The Flyers have now won 12 straight regular-season home games against Chicago
  • Neuvirth’s shutout streak currently stands at 132 minutes and 5 seconds. He had now shutouts when he was with the Buffalo Sabres. he already has two with Philadelphia
  • Claude Giroux had a fantastic game, scoring his first goal of the season.He now has 12 points (three goals) in nine career games against the Blackhawks
  • Michael Del Zotto once again led all Flyers in ice time — logging a whopping 25:31. He dished out four hits and picked up a power-play assist – his first point of the season

The Highlight Reel

(The best Flyers GIFs from the game)

Claude Giroux amped in the pregame skate

glUDE asa

Kimmo Timonen forever



Giroux hitting the pipe


Sam Gagner with his first as a Flyer


sam gagneaasa

Claude Giroux gets his first to put Flyers up by two

“Let’s f**king go”


Radko Gudas levelling Patrick Kane


Huge save from Neuvirth


Matt Read goal

Czech connection



(The best tweets sent out during the game)

He’s ready

Classic Jake



Kimmo Night

All the feels


No Ragrets

Gagner gets his first

Killed off all five Chicago power plays

It’s lit

30 saves

“She Said No”

Claude gets to the point

The struggle

Capture This

(The best photos from the game)

Kimmo Timonen signing photos before the game

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Ceremonial puck drop

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Kimmo waving to the fans

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Sam Gagner celebrates his first goal with the Flyers

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Voracek celebrates Claude Giroux’s goal


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That look from Gagner tho

Photo by Len RedkolesNHLI via Getty Images

Next Up: Flyers vs. Stars, Tuesday October 20,2015, 7:30. Wells Fargo Center

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