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NFC Championship Game Halftime Break: Recap Of Blackhawks Loss To Flyers

While you're figuring out (and hoping Lovie Smith is, too) how the Bears will overcome their 14-0 halftime deficit to the Packers, here's a recap of the Blackhawks' 4-1 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers in the first meeting between the two teams since last year's Stanley Cup Finals.

Jeff Carter scored twice for the Flyers and Nikolay Zherdev added a goal; Scott Hartnell added an empty net goal in the last minute of the game to wrap up the scoring for the Flyers. Claude Giroux had four assists as the Flyers won their ninth in their last 11 games. The Blackhawks, meanwhile, looked pretty listless. The first goal, by Carter less than a minute into the second period, was poked under Corey Crawford in a scrum near the crease; it looked like play probably should have been stopped before the goal was scored.

That changed the whole tenor of the game, with the Hawks outplayed by what looked like a clearly superior team. Sergei Bobrovsky, who took over from last year's Stanley Cup Finals Flyers goalie Michael Leighton (who's been sent to the minor leagues), turned away 30 shots. The only Blackhawks goal was scored by Marian Hossa on a penalty shot midway through the third period.

The Flyers have dominated the Blackhawks during regular-season games; apart from last year's meeting in the Finals, the Flyers have gone 14-2-1 against the Hawks in their last 17 non-playoff matchups.

The Blackhawks will host the Minnesota Wild on Tuesday night at the United Center.