The Blue Jackets saw their six-game point streak come to an end with a 7-4 loss Saturday night vs. Philadelphia in the Wells Fargo Center.
Game in a Paragraph
In a wild affair, what had been a sloppy start turned into a back-and-forth contest in which the Flyers dominated possession but the Blue Jackets led most of the way. After a 1-1 first period, Columbus built leads of 2-1, 3-2 and 4-2 but Philadelphia came back to tie it at 4 with 7:23 to go and take the lead for good with 5:36 on the clock. The Flyers finished with a 46-26 edge in shots on goal.
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Quote of the Game
Head coach John Tortorella: "I just don't think we played well enough. I don't think we played hard enough. And I think we got what we deserved."
- Boone Jenner scored twice, giving him his first multigoal game since March 12 of last season and the 10th of his career.
- Pierre-Luc Dubois scored his team-best fifth goal of the year, all in the last eight games.
- Josh Anderson had a goal and an assist for his first points of the season in his fifth game.
- Joonas Korpisalo posted a season-high 39 saves.
After a sloppy opening to the game, with the best early chance coming when Gus Nyquist cleared a puck in the crease behind Korpisalo, Philadelphia took a 1-0 lead at 14:51. After a CBJ turnover in their own zone, Jakub Voracek fired between Korpisalo's arm and body from a sharp angle on the left to give his team the lead.
But Columbus answered at 17:26, with Jenner netting his first of the game. He was fed below the goal line by Sonny Milano and let go a quick shot that deflected off a stick and then Philly goalie Brian Elliott and into the net.
The Blue Jackets then took a 2-1 lead 2:28 into the second as Dubois tallied. Seconds after a CBJ power play ended, he took a pass from Seth Jones low on the right, advanced to the net and tallied far side past Elliott from in close.
From there, it was the Korpisalo show for a while, as he made a shorthanded breakaway stop on Sean Couturier and then another breakaway stop moments later on Matt Niskanen after he came out of the box. He also denied Travis Konecny and Joel Farabee in front as well, but his luck finally ran out with the Flyers on the power play.
Philadelphia tied it at 2 with 2:21 left in the second on the man advantage, as Voracek in the left circle found James van Riemsdyk back door for a finish past Korpisalo.
The tie game lasted just 25 seconds as Jenner got his second of the night. The Blue Jackets converged on the crease after Elliott spilled Anderson's long shot, and Jenner banged it home from in close.
It was Anderson's time to score, then, 2:15 into the third. Dean Kukan's blast from the center point went wide of the net, but the big CBJ power forward jumped on the rebound off the back boards and deposited it past Elliott to make it a 4-2 game.
Philadelphia scored 4-on-4 to make it a 4-3 game with 9:08 left, as Shayne Gostisbehere got on the board. The defenseman's shot from the center point hit a Blue Jackets player in the slot before clanging the iron and going in past Korpisalo.
It was then a tie game with 7:23 left as van Riemsdyk scored his second of the night. Off a faceoff win, Ivan Provorov sent a hard centering pass to the front of the net and van Riemsdyk tipped it perfectly into the top corner to make it 4-4.
The Flyers claimed the lead for good with 5:36 to go as Kevin Hayes scored shorthanded. He broke up a CBJ pass and scored on a breakaway, as Korpisalo stopped his first shot but Hayes flipped the rebound home.
Michael Raffl then added an empty-net goal with 1:39 on the clock and Konecny tallied with 13.3 seconds left on the power play to set the final score.
1. Well, you can take that one, crumple it up and throw it away. It was simply one of those bad games where the Blue Jackets didn't have it, as they lost 50-50 battles throughout the evening and let the Flyers throw shot after shot at Korpisalo. By the end, Columbus was on the wrong end of a 73-38 margin in shot attempts. "Our battle level wasn't there tonight," Jenner said. "You could see that. You're going to come out on the wrong side of this game if you're not ready to compete."
2. If there was a turning point, it came after Columbus made it a 4-2 game. It could have been a point where the Flyers felt demoralized, as Philadelphia carried play for much of the second period but then found itself on the wrong side of a two-goal margin. But the Blue Jackets couldn't extend the lead and instead found themselves still in their own end for much of the period. Eventually, the dam burst. "After that goal, we have to push and stay on it, and I don't think we did that and they were able to come back," Jenner said. "You have to find a way to get it done."
3. While it wasn't a great performance, there were some silver linings. Seeing Anderson and Jenner feature so prominently on the score sheet is a solid sign as far as getting those guys going. Korpisalo also was hard done by the result, as it was his splendid play for much of the second and early third that kept the team in it. He shrugged aside three Flyer breakaways himself, though Hayes followed his own shot and scored on the winning 1 v. 1 matchup. "We have to play better in front of Korpi," Anderson said. "He was unbelievable tonight."
David Savard played in his 500th career game, all in a CBJ sweater. … Columbus stayed winless when giving up the game's first goal (0-4-2). … The Blue Jackets fell to 15-4-1 in their last 20 games vs. Philadelphia and saw their five-game winning streak in the series end. … Milano had two assists to give him a 2-3-5 line in the last six games. … Vladislav Gavrikov earned his first NHL point with his assist on Anderson's goal. ... Former Blue Jacket Voracek had a three-point night. ... Columbus went 0-for-5 on the power play while Philadelphia was 2-4. … Columbus had outshot eight straight opponents. ... Blue Jackets forward Alexandre Texier suffered a lower-body injury in the second period and did not return. ... The last time the Blue Jackets gave up five goals in the third period was vs. Philadelphia on Dec. 19, 2013.
Defenseman Markus Nutivaara (lower-body injury) was scratched for the second straight game. Also on defense, Dean Kukan went in for Scott Harrington, while Jakob Lilja was scratched.
Columbus has three days off before returning to Nationwide Arena to take on Edmonton on Wednesday night.