The Philadelphia Flyers' skid continued in Columbus on Monday night, and coach Peter Laviolette is none too pleased..
Kyle Wilson scored his first NHL goal and Mathieu Garon stopped 28 shots as the Blue Jackets edged the Flyers by a 2-1 score at Nationwide Arena.
"It's completely frustrating," Laviolette said after his team lost for the fifth time in six games. "We got exactly what we deserved tonight. You don't show up to compete, you don't execute, you don't play the game with energy and emotion, you're going to lose all the time.
"The first 40 minutes there was nothing there. There was no jam to our game. We played mindless hockey without any energy, without any passion."
Midway through the first period, Chris Clark carried the puck down the left wing, fought off Philadelphia defenseman Chris Pronger and pivoted to get off a shot from the left dot in front of defenseman Matt Carle. Brian Boucher made a blocker save, but the rebound came back toward Clark. At almost the same time he got to the puck, Wilson, who was crashing the net, one-timed it for the goal.
Asked what he'll tell his kids 20 years from now about his first NHL goal, he smiled and said, "I'll probably embellish it a little bit. It didn't matter how it was, it didn't matter how it went in -- off my face -- I would have been happy with it."
Derick Brassard converted a nice pass from Rick Nash for a 2-0 lead and Garon made it stand during a wild onslaught by the Flyers in the third period.
"It was a solid three periods and we came out early on and played hard," said Columbus coach Scott Arniel, now 5-3-0 in his first season. 'We did a good job of making them work on their end of the rink. We wanted to back up the good game we played in Chicago (a come-from-behind 3-2 victory on Saturday night) with another one. It's a big step for this young team."
After a penalty-free first period, Columbus took advantage of the Flyers' first trip to the penalty box.
With Danny Briere serving a hooking call, the Blue Jackets kept the puck in the offensive zone for a minute and a half before Nash, stationed at the right goal line, slipped a pass under a diving Kimmo Timonen that went tape-to-tape to Brassard for the one-knee, one-timer from the left doorstep.
"Honestly, I didn't see the puck coming," Brassard said. 'It was right on my tape and I had an open net."
Philadelphia outshot Columbus 12-4 in the final 20 minutes, even though the Blue Jackets had three power plays. Ville Leino scored his second goal of the season for the Flyers.
After Leino's goal with 5:01 left, the Flyers controlled the tempo. They pulled Boucher, who had 23 saves, for the extra attacker with 95 seconds left. But they failed to notch the equalizer.
"The guys were always in a good spot, taking care of rebounds," said Garon, 2-0 with a 1.50 goals-against average. "We didn't give up many 2-on-1s or 3-on-2s. We played a solid game as a team defensively. That's how we want to play."
Material from wire services and broadcast media was used in this report.
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