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Blue Jackets seek continued success against Philadelphia

by Katie Foglia / Columbus Blue Jackets

The Philadelphia Flyers were blanked 4-0 by the Edmonton Oilers in their most recent match-up on Thursday at Wells Fargo Center. In that game, Edmonton goaltender Cam Talbot made 35 saves, including 16 in the second period, to lead the Oilers to their third straight win.

Nail Yakupov, Taylor Hall, Patrick Maroon and Lauri Korpikoski each notched a goal for the Oilers. A few notables: the Flyers went 0-for-7 on the power play and the Oilers blocked a season-high 28 shots.

The Flyers are five points behind the Pittsburgh Penguins for the second wild card spot in the Eastern Conference, giving them an outside chance at the Stanley Cup Playoffs. In their last 10, the Flyers are 5-3-2 and have been playing well.

The Blue Jackets defeated the Oilers 6-3 at Nationwide Arena on Friday, largely due to three timely response goals. Columbus is now 9-2-0 in their last 11 home games versus Edmonton, including four straight wins.

The Blue Jackets haven’t faced off against the Flyers since the 2015 calendar year. To be exact, it was on Dec. 19 that the Jackets delivered a 3-2 shootout loss to the Flyers at Nationwide Arena. The game marked Columbus' seventh straight victory on home ice against the Flyers.

Rookie goaltender Joonas Korpisalo earned his first NHL win that night, making 32 saves and leading the way for Columbus in the shootout.

The Blue Jackets took a 2-0 lead into the third period, thanks to Brandon Saad and Ryan Murray, but two third period goals from the Flyers (Scott Laughton and Jakub Voracek) tied things up and pushed the game into overtime.

Brandon Dubinsky beat Flyers goaltender Steve Mason glove side in the sixth round and Korpisalo made one final stop on Brayden Schenn to secure his first win.

The Blue Jackets are 11-8-3 in the all-time series against the Flyers, and 2-0-0 in the 2015-16 series. Columbus is 9-1-0 in the last 10 meetings, including five straight wins. 

With 17 goals and a team-high 37 assists, Flyers captain Claude Giroux leads the team with 54 points. The breakdown: in 60 games played, he’s tallied six power play goals, one shorthanded goal and two game-winning goals.

In his last five games, Giroux has recorded eight points (one goal, seven assists), including his four-point assist effort on Feb. 29 against the Calgary Flames.

The 28-year-old native of Hearst, Ontario was selected by Philadelphia in the first round (22nd overall) in the 2006 NHL Draft. In nine seasons with the club, he’s recorded 161 goals and added 343 assists for 504 career NHL points.

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