Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

NHL: Hot Flyers Beat Blackhawks

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

NHL: Hot Flyers Beat Blackhawks

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Defenseman Radko Gudas scored on a deflected shot in the third period, and the surging Philadelphia Flyers beat the Chicago Blackhawks 3-2 on Wednesday night to move into position for a wild- card playoff spot.

Michal Neuvirth made 24 saves as Philadelphia improved to 8-1-1 in its last 10 games and leapfrogged idle Detroit for the eighth spot in the Eastern Conference. The Flyers beat the Red Wings 4-3 at home on Tuesday night.

Gudas' slap shot at 9:53 of the third went off the stick of Blackhawks defenseman Christian Ehrhoff and then bounced off the ice before elevating past goaltender Scott Darling. It was Gudas' third goal of the season with each coming in the last six games.

Chicago lost its fourth consecutive game.

NOTEBOOK

GMs talk about expansion draft * While the NHL decides whether to add any teams, league has already come up with a framework for a potential expansion draft.

The plan with the intent of having more competitive teams from the outset was distributed to general managers at their meeting Wednesday in Boca Raton, Fla.

The idea for the expansion draft would have teams possibly lose one player if one team was added, and two players if two teams are added. The rules for protection of players would be tighter than during the last round of expansion in 2000 when Minnesota and Columbus joined the league. …

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