The Blue Jackets lost to Philadelphia in regulation in Nationwide Arena for the first time since 2005 on Wednesday night, dropping a 3-2 final.
Game in a Paragraph
Penalties undid the Blue Jackets through two periods, as the team was unable to generate much offense and faced a 3-2 deficit after 40 minutes. Despite a strong third in which the Blue Jackets had a 26-9 edge in shot attempts, Columbus couldn't find the tying goal.
Video: PHI@CBJ: Foligno sends the puck home in the 1st
Quote of the Game
Head coach John Tortorella: "We dumbed ourself into a loss."
- Nick Foligno scored just his second goal of the year and his first since Oct. 7, a stretch of 17 games without a tally.
- Seth Jones notched his third goal of the season and second in the last three games.
- Oliver Bjorkstrand ran his point streak to five games (2-6-8) with an assist on Jones' goal.
The Blue Jackets nearly scored early as Emil Bemstrom had a chance in front deflected just wide in the opening minutes, but the rookie from Sweden did contribute to a goal shortly thereafter at 4:51. Columbus took a 1-0 lead as Foligno tallied off a rebound of a Bemstrom shot, easily flipping it past Brian Elliott from the left circle.
Joonas Korpisalo avoided scoring on himself later in the period after a mix-up with Dean Kukan, but his shutout streak ranging back to Wednesday's shutout streak ended with 1:22 left in the period. Tyler Pitlick pulled a puck out of a mess of bodies in front and lifted the puck over Korpisalo's pad to tie the score at 1 for the Flyers.
But the tie game didn't even last a minute as the CBJ retook the lead with a goal by Jones. Bjorkstrand did some nifty work to keep possession of the puck around three Flyers, then got it behind the net to Gus Nyquist, who waited for Jones to burst into the right circle for a one-timer past Elliott with 35.1 seconds left.
Video: PHI@CBJ: Jones nets the puck off Nyquist's pass
The Flyers had three power plays in the first period and mustered just two shots on goal, and another penalty early in the second also went begging for Philadelphia. But the Flyers did tie the game at 2 just 3:19 into the period, as the CBJ defense got caught flat-footed and Joel Farabee's cross-crease feed from the right wing boards found Scott Laughton cutting in for the close-in finish.
Philadelphia then took its first lead of the night with 3:25 left in the period. On the team's fifth power play of the night, the Flyers finally found paydirt, as Claude Giroux had time in the left circle and fired a shot that ticked off Korpisalo's glove but still found the net.
The Blue Jackets pushed for the tying goal in the third and had a great look with 6:45 to go as Josh Anderson redirected Sonny Milano's centering pass in front, but while the puck got between Elliott's legs, it settled underneath him.
Anderson had another couple opportunities to tie the score with about 3:00 to play, sending the first wide from in close before Elliott stopped his redirect, and Sonny Milano's follow of the second chance also barely caught the Philly goalie's skate instead of going in.
1. As Tortorella said, the Blue Jackets simply made too many mistakes to win, and most of those mistakes came in the form of the five penalties the team was called for in the opening 40 minutes. While Philadelphia's power play struggled until Giroux's game-winning man-up tally, the penalties exhausted members of the team's kill and left other players stapled to the bench. "We just shot ourselves in the foot with so many penalties," Foligno said. "Now you have guys who are dog tired, you have guys who have sat for a long time trying to get into the game."
2. The Blue Jackets had some pressure in the third and essentially controlled play, including a 15-5 edge in shots on goal. Anderson led the way with some excellent chances, but Philadelphia also did what it had to do to make it hard on the Blue Jackets, generally playing defense for the last 20 minutes and getting away with it. Tortorella shortened the bench and changed up line combinations in the third but the team couldn't dig out of the hole. "They get the lead and they're just dumping pucks out in the third period and stacking their blue line," Tortorella said. "I still thought we generated offense to try to tie the game, but it's hard to win those games when you put yourself in that type of jam."
3. For the second time in three nights, the team felt it gave a game away, and the problem there is the spot in which the Blue Jackets find themselves in the standings. Sure, there's still two-thirds of a season to go, but as the Blue Jackets have played stronger hockey of late, they're still playing catchup with the rest of the Metro. Tortorella has spoken about the need to start climbing above .500 by stacking wins together, but the loss dropped Columbus back to 10-10-4. At some point, these opportunities need to be taken advantage of.
Columbus had a 30-22 edge in shots on goal. ... Bemstrom has seven points (3-4-7) in his last nine games. … Columbus scored first for the ninth straight game but fell to 10-3-1 when tallying the opening goal. … The Blue Jackets' four-game home winning streak ended … Columbus had been 13-0-1 in its last 14 home games vs. Philadelphia, last losing in regulation to the Flyers on Dec. 13, 2005. ... The Blue Jackets played in their NHL-most 17th one-goal game, falling to 9-4-4. ... Zach Werenski's seven-game point streak, tied for the longest in CBJ history for a defenseman, came to an end.
The Blue Jackets did not change the lineup, scratching forward Riley Nash and defenseman Scott Harrington.
The Blue Jackets will welcome Metropolitan Division rival Pittsburgh to Nationwide Arena on Friday night.