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Flyers score with seconds left in OT to top Hawks

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  • Blackhawks forward Bryan Bickell, left, and the Philadelphia Flyers' Wayne Simmonds fight Tuesday during the third period in Philadelphia. Philadelphia won 3-2 in overtime.

      Blackhawks forward Bryan Bickell, left, and the Philadelphia Flyers' Wayne Simmonds fight Tuesday during the third period in Philadelphia. Philadelphia won 3-2 in overtime.
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PHILADELPHIA -- Flyers coach Craig Berube was already getting ready for a shootout. "I honestly was ready to pull out my lineup card," he said.

Claude Giroux made sure it wasn't needed.

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Giroux scored at 4:55 of overtime to give the Flyers a 3-2 victory over the Blackhawks on Tuesday night.

Giroux received a pass from defenseman Mark Streit and carried the puck over the blue line before letting a shot go from just above the right faceoff circle, beating Antti Raanta high to the blocker side.

"I went on the ice with maybe 15 seconds, 20 seconds, so I knew there wasn't a lot of time," Giroux said. "I was just trying to shoot as hard as I could to net. I didn't really aim, to be honest. I just shot it on net."

The Hawks opened an offense-filled first period with 2 goals just 3:51 into the game.

The first came when Andrew Shaw chipped a loose puck near the crease over goalie Ray Emery (23 saves) -- the result of a Brayden Schenn turnover at the other end.

Less than 90 seconds later, Duncan Keith, the wide-open recipient of a pass from Jonathan Toews, overpowered Emery with a slap shot from the top of the slot.

But the Flyers rebounded thanks to 2 goals from Hartnell, one set up by Giroux and the other by the Blackhawks.

Following an exciting opening period, the pace slowed in the second, when neither team scored.

"It seems like the endings here have been pretty amazing," said Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville, whose team won the Stanley Cup in Game 6 in OT at Wells Fargo Center in 2010. "Tough ending, but a pretty entertaining game … a pretty intense game."

A victory would have given Quenneville the 700th win of his career. His total of 699 is the most among active coaches and the third-most all time, behind only Al Arbour (782) and Blackhawks senior adviser of hockey operations Scotty Bowman.

But rather than pull out a win for their coach, the Blackhawks extended a 10-game, regular-season losing streak in Philadelphia, dating to Nov. 9, 1996.

Quenneville will try again for No. 700 tonight when the Hawks returns home to host the St. Louis Blues, whom the Blackhawks trail for first place in the Central Division by 8 points.

"Obviously, it will be a huge game for us," Quenneville said. "It'll be exciting for us to get to play these guys. I see our team responding and being excited.

"Maybe we can chip away and try to catch them (for the division lead), but right now it doesn't look so hot."

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