Flyers edge Blackhawks 3-2 in OT

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) - 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.

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

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.”

Giroux had previously assisted on a Scott Hartnell goal in the first period for a two-point night.

Since Chicago and Philadelphia last met on Dec. 11, in a 7-2 Blackhawks rout of the Flyers, no one in the league has been hotter Giroux. He’s led the league with 51 points in 39 games.

Asked about his captain’s play over the past two months, Berube said, “He’s been playing well for longer than that, I think. He’s playing hard. He’s really, skating, attacking. He’s leading our team.

“It starts on the bench. He’s vocal. He’s really into all the time. He does a good job of keeping everybody going.”

The Flyers needed that kind of leadership after a poor start.

Chicago opened an offense-filled first period with two 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 two goals from Hartnell, one set up by Giroux and the other by the Blackhawks.

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