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Blue Jackets edge Flyers for 44th win

Set Columbus record for victories, points in season behind Brandon Dubinsky's goal

by Adam Kimelman @NHLAdamK / Deputy Managing Editor

PHILADELPHIA -- The Columbus Blue Jackets weren't in a celebratory mood after setting franchise records with their 44th win and 94th point of the season Monday.

Brandon Dubinsky scored a power-play goal in the third period to break a tie and the Blue Jackets defeated the Philadelphia Flyers 5-3 at Wells Fargo Center.

"It was a huge two points for us tonight," Dubinsky said. "We're just trying to look up. Washington is right there, we're right in their rearview mirror. We're going to keep pushing and try to catch those guys."


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Cam Atkinson scored twice, and Zach Werenski had a goal and an assist for Columbus (44-18-6). Sam Gagner scored and Seth Jones had two assists. Sergei Bobrovsky made 23 saves. Columbus killed 7-of-8 Philadelphia power plays.

The Blue Jackets are one point behind the Washington Capitals and Pittsburgh Penguins for first place in the Metropolitan Division and NHL. 

"We're just scratching the surface with this group," Jones said. "It's been a great year, we've accomplished a lot, we should be proud of ourselves [but] the real hockey hasn't started yet. … Tonight was just another building block."

Travis Konecny had his first two-goal NHL game for Philadelphia (31-29-8), which lost its third straight (0-3-0). Brayden Schenn scored his NHL-best 15th power-play goal and Steve Mason made 24 saves.

Video: CBJ@PHI: Atkinson dekes past Mason for breakaway goal

Schenn's goal was the only time the Flyers scored on six chances with the man-advantage in the second period, including one that carried over into the third.

"I think the puck was moving well, we had the chances we wanted to have, the plays we wanted, just didn't go in," Flyers captain Claude Giroux said.

The loss leaves the Flyers six points behind the Toronto Maple Leafs for the second wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Eastern Conference with 14 games remaining.

Despite not taking advantage of their power plays, the Flyers led 3-2 until Werenski scored at 14:30 of the second.

"To go into the third even up, we were in a good spot," Blue Jackets coach John Tortorella said. "We needed to kill that 54 seconds [of a Flyers power play] at the beginning of the third and then get some flow on our bench."

Konecny was whistled for roughing at 7:20 of the third period, which led to Dubinsky's goal, his first in 11 games.

"We worked on that play this morning," Dubinsky said. "Half wall up to the point, back to the slot guy and across. That's what you do video for and pre-scouting for."

Video: CBJ@PHI: Werenski buries one-timer through traffic

The Blue Jackets took a 2-0 lead in the first period on goals 1:00 apart by Gagner at 7:42 and Atkinson on a breakaway at 8:42.

Konecny scored for the Flyers during a delayed penalty at 14:10 of the first to make it 2-1.

Schenn tied it 2-2 at 4:23 of the second period and Konecny put the Flyers ahead 3-2 with his 10th goal of the season at 11:03.

After Werenski tied the game and Dubinsky put the Blue Jackets ahead 4-3, Atkinson scored into an empty net with 20.9 seconds remaining in the third.


Goal of the game

Brandon Saad made a seam pass to Dubinsky, and his shot from the left circle went through a screen by Scott Hartnell.

Video: CBJ@PHI: Dubinsky gives Jackets the lead with PPG


Save of the game

At 12:53 of the third period the Flyers were down 4-3 and pushing for the tying goal when Bobrovsky pushed to his right to get a piece of Jakub Voracek's shot from in close.


Highlight of the game

Konecny got the puck on the left side of the Blue Jackets zone, skated it above the circles, got down to the faceoff dot on the right side and scored over Bobrovsky's left shoulder for his second of the game.

Video: CBJ@PHI: Konecny stays patient, pots his second goal


Unsung performance of the game

Blue Jackets defenseman David Savard played a team-high 26:34, including 9:14 shorthanded. Defense partner Jack Johnson played 26:22, and led the Blue Jackets with 9:40 on the penalty kill.


They said it

"You don't make your name with regular-season records and stuff like that. I think we're on a pretty good road here and we're trying to find a way so we get an opportunity to play." -- Blue Jackets coach John Tortorella


"You turn a page and move forward tomorrow, that's just how it is. This isn't an easy one. This isn't an easy loss in our own building. But bottom line is you make a choice, and that choice right now is that we have to pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off and get ready for a game here on Wednesday night." -- Flyers coach Dave Hakstol


"I kind of let the game get to me and I was in the mix a lot tonight and for whatever reason I decided to bump the guy on my way back to the bench and they thought it was a penalty. It's a stupid penalty by me and honestly I put the game in my hands there. It's unacceptable." -- Flyers forward Travis Konecny


Need to know

Blue Jackets captain Nick Foligno missed the game because of an illness. … Gagner has eight points (four goals, four assists) during a six-game point streak. … Giroux had an assist to give him four points (one goal, three assists) during a four-game point streak.


What's next

Blue Jackets: Host the Florida Panthers on Thursday (7 p.m. ET; TVA Sports, FS-O, FS-F, NHL.TV)

Flyers: Host the Pittsburgh Penguins on Wednesday (7:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, TVA Sports, NHL.TV)


Video: Atkinson, Bobrovsky lead Jackets to 5-3 win

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