- Associated Press - Sunday, January 23, 2011

CHICAGO | The Philadelphia Flyers made a strong statement with a strong effort.

Jeff Carter had two goals and an assist, and rookie Sergei Bobrovsky made 30 saves in Philadelphia’s 4-1 win over the Chicago Blackhawks on Sunday.

Nikolay Zherdev and Scott Hartnell added goals, and Claude Giroux had four assists for the Flyers in the only regular-season rematch of last year’s Stanley Cup finals.

Philadelphia was in charge most of the game against the defending champion Blackhawks, who defeated the Flyers in six games in the finals.

“It obviously was nice,” Carter said. “We know how last year ended.

“Nothing was said in the room before. I think each guy individually knew what was going on today and it was a big two points for us.”

Philadelphia improved to a league-leading 69 points and is 9-2-0 in its past 11.

The 22-year-old Bobrovsky lost a bid for his first career shutout at 6:49 of the third period when Marian Hossa scored on a penalty shot.

“I’m really happy we won the game today because we maintained our position in first place this year,” Flyers coach Peter Laviolette said. “It’s about looking forward not looking back.

“We came into a loud building against a very good hockey team, and we played a real sound hockey game and walked away with two points.”

Chicago lost in regulation for the first time since Jan. 5 and had been on a 5-0-1 roll.

“It seems like they had five guys in the neutral zone,” Hossa said. “They were waiting for our mistakes and it was hard to get the puck by them.”

Chicago rookie Corey Crawford finished with 30 saves.

Bobrovsky was especially sharp in the first period before the Flyers took control.

The Blackhawks had the better scoring chances in the up-tempo, scoreless first. Bobrovsky made several quick, close-in saves, including ones on Jonathan Toews and Tomas Kopecky.

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