And thus ends an era.
The Chicago Blackhawks lost 4-3 in overtime to the Philadelphia Flyers to cap off the 2022-23 regular season on Thursday night at the United Center, which pales in comparison to the other thing that ended when that game expired.
After a healthy ovation from the UC crowd for captain Jonathan Toews during the pregame introductions ...
... the Flyers immediately embraced the role of spoiler by scoring in the game's first minute on this Travis Koncecny tally:
Konecny scored again six minutes later to make it a 2-0 game:
One minute after that, though, the Blackhawks joined in on the scoring, started by Jujhar Khaira:
Two minutes after that goal, Anders Bjork tied it:
The first period ended in a 2-2 tie before then, in the first minute of the second period, Seth Jones set up Owen Tippett for an easy goal to put Philly back up 3-2:
Oh, what's that? Jones and Tippett aren't teammates? Surely, you jest.
Later in the second, Noah Cates scored on the power play to restore the two-goal advantage for the Flyers:
At the 7:40 mark of the period, though, everyone in Chicago got to cheer a Jonathan Toews goal one last time when the Captain expertly guided this pass from Andreas Athanasiou into the net:
Here's what it sounded like inside the building, thanks to this video from the press box taken by NBC Sports Chicago's Charlie Roumeliotis:
Worth another look? Sure:
And here's what it sounded like through the microphone Toews was wearing during the game:
The Blackhawks tilted the ice towards Philly's end in the final period and were ultimately rewarded with this Athanasiou goal scored at the 18:00 mark of the third to tie the game:
In overtime, a storybook finish nearly unfolded when Toews took off on a breakaway:
Instead, Ivan Provorov scored to win the game for the Flyers and that's not worthy of a clip here because fuck him.
- We'll talk later. Toews gets the rest of this space:
- Jonathan Toews (CHI) – because
- Jonathan Toews (CHI) – I
- Jonathan Toews (CHI) – said so
Nothing. Thank Hossa.