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POSTGAME 5: Jackets End Flyers Streak

by Brian Smith | / Philadelphia Flyers
The Blue Jackets jumped out to a 2-0 lead after one period and never looked back in a 4-1 win over the Flyers.  Nick Foligno scored the first of his two goals 8:55 into the first period and it was followed by one from Jack Johnson a little less than five minutes later.  Michael Raffl converted a pass from Brayden Schenn 4:19 into the second, but that ended up being all the Flyers would get.  Foligno added his second 4 ½ minutes later, and Scott Hartnell closed the scoring out with a PPG at 15:17.  Steve Mason made 30 saves, while Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 27 of 28.  

The Blue Jackets negated the Flyers’ power play, which has been one of the team’s strengths of late.  Columbus didn’t even give the Flyers a power play opportunity until the third period, and on the two occasions that they did, their penalty kill effectively shut down the Flyers’ first unit by pressuring Claude Giroux against the half-boards and not allowing him time or space to make plays.  The Jackets didn’t even allow the Flyers a shot on the power play; the last time that happened in a game where the Flyers had more than one man-advantage was November 3 in Edmonton.  

1ST – Nick Foligno: His opening goal set the momentum in Columbus’s direction and his second tally snuffed out any change in that momentum that had occurred with Michael Raffl’s goal.  The Columbus captain doubled his goal total for the entire season with his third and fourth tallies of the year.  

2ND – Scott Hartnell:
A night after sitting as a healthy scratch as a wake-up call from head coach John Tortorella, the former Flyer posted a goal and two assists.  Hartnell previously only had a goal and five assists for six points in 11 games against his old club.  He previously only had a goal and three assists for four points in five games against the Flyers since joining the Blue Jackets.  

3RD – Alexander Wennberg: Recorded two assists in 13:46 of ice time, 3:00 of which came on the power play.  

Shayne Gostisbehere recorded an assist to extend his point streak to three games.  He has three goals and three assists for six points in his last seven games.  He is also now a plus-5 in his last five games… The Flyers did not hold a lead in the game for the first time since the Nov. 21 loss at Ottawa, a span of six games… Ryan White and R.J Umberger both returned from injured reserve.  White played 11:48 and recorded two shots and a team-leading seven hits.  Umberger played 7:47 and recorded four hits… Claude Giroux was 12-for-20 (60 pct) on faceoffs. 

“It wasn’t a good one for us.  I think tonight we weren’t smart. We didn’t compete 100% of the time.  I’m not saying all the time because there were shifts where we did, but it wasn’t 100% of the time and that’s why we’ve been playing good hockey. We’ve still got to be positive; we’ve had a pretty good past two and a half weeks here.  We’ve been out-competing teams and playing smart.”

(Wayne Simmonds)

“I believe we will come back to work.  We’ve got to go and prove that as we move forward. We don’t like the way tonight went, but at the end of the day you’ve got to go back to work tomorrow. That’s the bottom line. We’re not going to try to make this one look prettier than it was.  I’ve said it before after a loss when we haven’t played well – let’s call it what it is, we didn’t play well. Everybody’s got to do better from every guy on the roster through.” 

(Dave Hakstol)

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