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POSTGAME 5: Blue Jackets Steal One

by Brian Smith | / Philadelphia Flyers

The Flyers held a 2-0 lead as the clock approached the final minute, but Columbus scored two goals in 56 seconds to force extra time and went on to a 3-2 shootout victory. Claude Giroux opened the scoring with 8:18 left in the first period, and it stood as the game’s only goal until Ryan White made it a 2-0 game on a power play with 8:06 left in the third. The Blue Jackets were serving a penalty but had their goaltender pulled for an extra attacker when Boone Jenner scored what went down as a shorthanded goal with 1:04 to play, and then with the extra attacker still on, Cam Atkinson tied the game with eight seconds left in regulation. Following a scoreless overtime, the Blue Jackets triumphed after none of the five Flyers shooters could score in the shootout. Steve Mason set a new career high with 51 saves; the 53 shots from Columbus were also the most he’s ever faced. Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 31 in the win. 

In the final 10 seconds of regulation, Columbus attacked with a sixth skater on the ice and got every bit of luck they needed. One shot from the point was blocked but went right to another Columbus player; that shot in was then blocked as well, but fell right to the feet of Cam Atkinson, who tied the game with eight seconds left.


1. Sergei Bobrovsky: Was a perfect 5-for-5 in the shootout after making 31 saves in regulation and overtime.

2. Steve Mason: Was the reason the Flyers survived till the fifth round of the shootout. The 51 saves were a career high, and after that he went on to stop each of the first four shootout shooters he faced.

3. Boone Jenner: Scored the first goal that started the late rally, and then picked up the shootout winner.

The 53 shots by Columbus were the most the Flyers have allowed in a game since March 11, 2008 when they allowed 55 in a 4-3 shootout loss at Toronto. It’s the most they have ever allowed in a game against Columbus… Claude Giroux had nine of the Flyers’ 33 shots and went 19-for-35 (54 pct) on faceoffs… Brayden Schenn had two assists, five shot attempts and was credited with a hit. 

"(Columbus) deserved it. They outplayed us most of the night. I think the man who gave us a point is Mase. He played a hell of a game in there tonight and gave us a chance to win. It’s a tough loss for sure, but I don’t think we deserved better than what we got. We’ve just got to be better." 

(Ryan White)

"We’ve got three out of four points here.  No matter how it happens, we’ve got three out of four points in the first two games of this road trip. We’ll take tomorrow and get ourselves refocused on the next job at hand.  That’s how it is."

(Dave Hakstol) 

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