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RECAP: Blue Jackets 4, Flyers 3 (OT)

Seth Jones propels Jackets in OT to take down the Flyers

by Craig Merz @BlueJacketsNHL / BlueJackets.com

Cam Atkinson couldn't extend his point streak in 60 minutes of regulation, but he wasted little time in overtime - 10 seconds to be exact - to set up defenseman Seth Jones' second goal of the game to give the Blue Jackets a 4-3 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers at Wells Fargo Center on Thursday.

The Blue Jackets (16-10-2), who turned a 4-1 lead into a 9-6 loss to the Calgary Flames on Tuesday, squandered another multi-goal advantage before Atkinson fed Jones in front for his fifth goal of the season.

Atkinson has points in his NHL-career best 12 straight games, one shy of the franchise record held by Ryan Johansen from Dec. 18, 2014 to Jan. 17, 2015.

Video: CBJ@PHI: Jones scores 10 seconds into overtime

Jones, Brandon Dubinsky and Boone Jenner scored for the Blue Jackets for a 3-1 lead early in the third, before Flyers defenseman Travis Sanheim scored twice to make it 3-3.

He entered the game with two goals in 74 NHL games but doubled his total in 2:05.

Claude Giroux scored the Flyers (11-12-3) first goal and passed to Sanheim to pull Philadelphia to within 3-2 at 12:24. Sanheim then tied it at 14:29 with a blast from the left circle to the near post after a cross-ice pass by Jakub Voracek.

Sergei Bobrovsky made 23 saves for the Blue Jackets.

Anthony Stolarz stopped 26 shots for the Flyers.

The Blue Jackets led 2-1 after the first period thanks to goals by Jones and Dubinsky and a successful challenge for offside.

Giroux opened the scoring for the Flyers on an odd-man rush at 5:58. He kept the puck to score his 10th goal.

Jones made it 1-1 at 7:06 with Oliver Bjorkstrand and Dubinsky assisting. Jones was low in the right circle when he banked a shot off Stolarz.

Dubinsky gave Columbus the lead at the 18:08 mark on his third goal, tipping a shot from the left point by Scott Harrington. Artemi Panarin had the secondary assist.

The Flyers thought they tied it 36 seconds later when Sean Couturier's pass went off Jones' stick and past Bobrovsky.

Blue Jackets coach John Tortorella made the challenge and the video review showed that Flyers defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere knocked the puck off the stick of Pierre-Luc Dubois into the offensive zone while Flyers teammate Travis Konecny was clearly offside.

Bobrovsky preserved the advantage going into the middle period with saves on Wayne Simmonds and Radko Gudas in the final 10 seconds.

The second period was scoreless despite the Blue Jackets have three consecutive power plays to make them 0 for 5. The Flyers went on the power play twice late with one carrying into the third period.

"It wasn't really my night, until the last play there," Atkinson said.

Video: Jones, Blue Jackets take down Flyers in overtime, 4-3

Philadelphia (11-12-3) got the draw to start overtime but Sean Couturier made an errant pass just inside the Blue Jackets' zone. Atkinson got the puck along the boards as Flyers defenseman Ivan Provorov got stuck in no-man's land, leaving Jones alone in front.

"They fumbled the puck there. I just won the battle," Atkinson said. "You could probably hear Jonesy from all the way up top. He wanted that. It was a nice goal."

Jones ripped a shot under the crossbar. It was the fastest OT goal in Blue Jackets history, bettering the 28-second goal by defenseman Jaroslav Spacek on Feb. 13, 2003, at the Montreal Canadiens.

"Cam got pretty good pressure on them off the draw," Jones said. "I just took a chance, came up the middle. The player he is, he found me."

Video: Jones describes his game-winning goal in overtime

Lead story
Jones and Brandon Dubinsky scored in the first period and Boone Jenner made it 3-1 for the Blue Jacket early in the third before Flyers defenseman Travis Sanheim scored twice to make it 3-3.

In addition to the loss to the Flames, the Blue Jackets were up 2-0 on the New York Islanders but lost 3-2 on Saturday.

"We've got find a way to get these leads and lock it down," Dubinsky said. "That's something we've been successful at the past couple of years. That's what made this team successful.

"We've got find a way to learn from these games. We're fortunate to get the points tonight. The last two we didn't get them."

Quick recap

Claude Giroux opened the scoring for the Flyers on an odd-man rush at 5:58.

The Blue Jackets led 2-1 after the first period thanks to goals by Jones and Dubinsky and a successful challenge for offside.

Jones made it 1-1 at 7:06 with Oliver Bjorkstrand and Dubinsky assisting.

After Dubinsky gave Columbus the lead at the 18:08 mark on his third goal, the Flyers thought they tied it 36 seconds later when Couturier's pass went off Jones' stick and past Bobrovsky.

Blue Jackets coach John Tortorella made the challenge and the video review showed that Flyers defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere knocked the puck off the stick of Pierre-Luc Dubois into the offensive zone while Flyers teammate Travis Konecny was clearly offside.

The second period was scoreless despite the Blue Jackets having three consecutive power plays. For the game, they were 0 for 5 with five shots.

"Our PP stunk tonight. It was as bad as I've seen it," said assistant coach Brad Larsen, filling in postgame for the ill Tortorella. "We fought it. Certain guys, not to name them, but, man, it was bumbling and fumbling. It was ugly tonight."

Jenner made it 3-1 at 5:15 of the third.

Artemi Panarin worked his magic, weaving through a Flyers line change, then battling along the wall to set up Jenner for the snipe from the right dot that went under the crossbar for his sixth goal.

Sanheim then took over. He entered the game with two goals in 74 NHL games but doubled his total in 2:05.

He joined the rush and took a pass in the slot from Giroux and lifted a backhander to make it 3-2 at 12:24 of the third and tied at 14:29 with a blast from the left circle.

"We made it hard on ourselves but it's never easy in this League," Jones said. "They never gave up. We probably should have buried some chances late that we didn't."

Sergei Bobrovsky made 23 saves for the Blue Jackets.

Anthony Stolarz stopped 26 shots for the Flyers.

Video: Condensed Game: Blue Jackets @ Flyers

Staff infection

The Blue Jackets coach staff had a rough go in Philly. Assistant Brad Shaw was hospitalized Wednesday night with an abdominal issue. There was no update available.

Tortorella was suffering from flu-like symptoms during the game and wore a Blue Jackets hoodie instead of a suit on the bench.

"Did you see his face? It was pretty white," Larsen said. "He battled through. He had a tough night. He had about seven shirts on. I'm sure there's lot of talk about the hoodie.

"He was shaking like a leaf."

By the numbers

Panarin has 13 points (two goals, 11 assists) in his past nine games. … Jones has seven points (three goals, four assists) in a four-game point streak. He had his third NHL career regular season multi-goal game. … The Blue Jackets are 13-3-1 vs. the Flyers since Dec. 9. 2014, and 17-4-1 since Dec. 21, 2013. The Blue Jackets are 7-4-0 in their past 11 games in Philadelphia.

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A six-game homestand starts Saturday vs. the Washington Capitals at Nationwide Arena (7 p.m.; Fox Sports Ohio, Fox Sports app., 97.1 The Fan).

 

 

 

During that carryover man advantage, Bobrovsky made a sprawling save, smothering the puck while on his back after Couturier's backdoor try 57 seconds into the third period.

Panarin then worked his magic, weaving through a Flyers line change, then battling along the wall to set up Jenner for the snipe from the right dot that went under the crossbar for his sixth goal at 5:15 for the 3-1 lead.

Sanheim joined the rush and took a pass in the slot from Giroux and lifted a backhander to make it 3-2.

 

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