BLUE JACKETS 2 | FLYERS 4
There was something missing from the Blue Jackets’ game tonight. Crispness, perhaps, but they never really seemed to get going like they have in recent games.
Columbus never led tonight, suffering a 4-2 defeat to the Flyers at Wells Fargo Center in the second meeting between the two teams in eight days. The Flyers, losers of four straight entering the game, didn't play the sharpest of games either but they got a big goal at the right time in the third period.
Matt Calvert brought the Blue Jackets within a goal at 3-2 early in the third period, a much-needed boost of energy after a lackluster second period. They were out-shot 18-4 by the Flyers and rarely had the puck, making for a lot of chasing and a lot of time spent working to get the puck back. It looked, at least momentarily, like the Blue Jackets were on the verge of getting their engine started for a third period rally but it came to an abrupt halt less than 90 seconds later.
Sergei Bobrovsky lost his stick after a bobbling a point shot, allowing the shift to continue for Philadelphia. The puck made its way to Braydon Coburn at the center point, and he fired a shot through Bobrovsky’s pads to restore a two-goal lead for the Flyers.
“It took us too long to get going,” Boone Jenner said. “No excuses. We have to be better as a group over all three periods. It wasn’t a good enough effort.”
Jenner scored early in the first period for the Blue Jackets, who answered a Brayden Schenn goal in the opening minutes to draw level at 1-1. But the Flyers answered back with one more in the first and another in the second, and led 3-1 after 40 minutes.
“The guys who are supposed to be our top players were not our top players,” coach Todd Richards said.
The Blue Jackets are off Sunday, will practice Monday and return to game action Tuesday night against the Winnipeg Jets at Nationwide Arena.
Trailing by a goal with plenty of road ahead in the third period, the Blue Jackets were very much in the game but the Coburn goal was a significant dent in their rally. It was a messy sequence, with Bobrovsky losing his stick and a couple of breakdowns in the defensive zone leading to a shooting lane from the middle of the ice for Coburn, who let it rip five-hole for a 4-2 lead.
vs. Winnipeg Jets
Tuesday, 7 p.m. ET