Carter Hart made 40 saves and James van Reimsdyk snapped a tie in the third period, helping the Philadelphia Flyers beat the Chicago Blackhawks 3-1 on Thursday night.

Corban Knight also scored as Philadelphia picked up a sorely needed victory after dropping three of four. The Flyers (36-30-8) are trying to stay in the race for the second wild card in the Eastern Conference.

Van Reimsdyk picked up his sixth goal in the last five games on a backhand at 9:50. Sean Couturier had a hand in van Reimsdyk’s 26th goal with a well-placed screen in front of Corey Crawford.

Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Erik Gustafsson (56) celebrates with teammates after scoring against the Philadelphia Flyers during the first period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, March 21, 2019, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Kamil Krzaczynski)
Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Erik Gustafsson (56) celebrates with teammates after scoring against the Philadelphia Flyers during the first period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, March 21, 2019, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Kamil Krzaczynski)

Philadelphia forward Ryan Hartman was whistled for holding at 11:08, but the Flyers didn’t allow a shot on goal on the ensuing power play. Couturier then put it away with an empty-netter with 1:14 left.

Chicago (32-31-10) missed out on a chance to gain ground in the race for the second wild card out West. Erik Gustafsson scored, and Crawford made 25 stops.

The Blackhawks scored first when Gustafsson made a move in the right circle and beat Hart on the glove side 10:39 into the first period. It was the 15th goal of the season for the defenseman, who also scored during Monday’s 3-2 overtime loss to Vancouver.

Chicago Blackhawks center Artem Anisimov (15) keeps the puck away from Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Ivan Provorov (9) and defenseman Travis Sanheim (6) during the second period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, March 21, 2019, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Kamil Krzaczynski)
Chicago Blackhawks center Artem Anisimov (15) keeps the puck away from Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Ivan Provorov (9) and defenseman Travis Sanheim (6) during the second period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, March 21, 2019, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Kamil Krzaczynski)

Knight responded for the Flyers, skating up the slot and beating Crawford on the stick side at 15:43. It was the first goal for Knight since Jan. 5, 2016, for Florida at Buffalo and No. 4 for his career.

NOTES: Blackhawks F Drake Caggiula joined the team for its morning skate, but he missed his ninth consecutive game since he sustained a concussion against Anaheim on Feb. 27. … Flyers F Michael Raffl was scratched due to an illness. D Philippe Myers returned to the lineup after he missed Tuesday night’s 3-1 loss to Montreal with an illness. … The NHL announced Thursday that the Flyers and Blackhawks will open next season in Prague on Oct. 4 as part of the league’s Global Series. It’s the third consecutive year the NHL is staging regular-season games in Europe and eighth overall.

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Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Erik Gustafsson (56) shoots and scores against the Philadelphia Flyers during the first period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, March 21, 2019, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Kamil Krzaczynski)
Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Erik Gustafsson (56) shoots and scores against the Philadelphia Flyers during the first period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, March 21, 2019, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Kamil Krzaczynski)

Flyers: Host the New York Islanders on Saturday.

Blackhawks: Visit the Colorado Avalanche on Saturday.

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