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Blue Jackets lose sixth straight game

Columbus slump continues with defeat against Flyers

by Adam Kimelman @NHLAdamK / Deputy Managing Editor

PHILADELPHIA -- The Stanley Cup Playoff-bound Columbus Blue Jackets lost their sixth straight game, 4-2 against the Philadelphia Flyers at Wells Fargo Center on Saturday.

Seth Jones and Boone Jenner scored for Columbus (49-24-8), which is 0-5-1 in its past six games. Sergei Bobrovsky made 20 saves.

"It's not one of those things where you can say we're in the playoffs Wednesday, we're playing and we can just flip [the switch] and expect to win," Blue Jackets forward Cam Atkinson said. "We have to play the way that we always played the whole season and we've gotten away from it."

Columbus will play the Pittsburgh Penguins in the Eastern Conference First Round, with Game 1 at PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh. The playoffs begin Wednesday; the schedule will be announced Sunday.


WATCH: All Blue Jackets vs. Flyers highlights


The Blue Jackets have one game remaining, at the Toronto Maple Leafs on Sunday.

"We're hopefully going to play a really solid game tomorrow," Atkinson said. "Get that winning feeling back, our mojo. We've got to play with arrogance. … We've got some skill, but for the most part we need to play with a chip on our shoulder."

Pierre-Edouard Bellemare, Michael Del Zotto, Jakub Voracek and Sean Couturier scored for Philadelphia (39-33-9), which won for the fifth time in its past seven games (5-1-1). Steve Mason made 20 saves for his 200th NHL win.

Video: CBJ@PHI: Del Zotto's wrist shot finds twine

The Flyers missed the postseason for the third time in the past five seasons, making their strong finish that much more disappointing.

"The only thing we can take is we didn't play like this when it most mattered," Bellemare said. "We have to find a way to be better and play like this next season when it matters."

Bellemare and Del Zotto scored in the first period. Del Zotto's goal initially was disallowed when officials ruled Couturier made incidental contact with Bobrovsky, but Dave Hakstol used a coach's challenge and the call was overturned.

Jones' power-play goal at 1:07 of the second ended an 0-for-20 drought on the man-advantage over 13 games for Columbus. It was his 12th of the season, tying the Blue Jackets' single-season record for goals by a defenseman (Bryan Berard scored 12 goals in 2005-06).

Video: CBJ@PHI: Jones tallies PPG on fortunate bounce

Voracek scored a power-play goal at 6:42 of the second, and Couturier tipped an Ivan Provorov shot past Bobrovsky at 13:48 to give the Flyers a 4-1 lead. Jenner scored with four minutes left in the second period to make it 4-2.


Goal of the game

Bellemare scored his first goal in 36 games when he took a drop pass from Chris VandeVelde in the right circle and beat Bobrovsky over his glove for the first goal of the game.

Video: CBJ@PHI: Bellemare beats Bobrovsky with snipe


Save of the game

Mason made a save on Alexander Wennberg alone in the slot and then stopped him with the right pad on the rebound at 10:53 of the first period. 

Video: CBJ@PHI: Mason makes two quick stops on Wennberg


Highlight of the game

Voracek took a cross-ice pass from Claude Giroux in the right circle during a Flyers power play in the second period, cut to the middle of the ice and snapped a low shot between Bobrovsky's pads for his 20th goal of the season.

Video: CBJ@PHI: Voracek shows great patience before PPG


Unsung performance of the game

Blue Jackets defenseman Gabriel Carlsson, 20, was minus-3 with two blocked shots and three hits in 19:15 of ice time in his NHL debut. Coach John Tortorella said Carlsson, the 29th pick of the 2015 NHL Draft, will play Sunday.


They said it

"We can't let panic come into our game. We've got to stay more composed than anything, more composed in our game. When we start panicking, you see what happens. It's not pretty. The more composed we are … we know what we can do, we know how to do it. It's a matter of execution." -- Blue Jackets defenseman Seth Jones


"Potentially this being the last game of the season for myself, beating a former team, and have that be No. 200 win, that's pretty special." -- Flyers goalie Steve Mason, who won 96 games for the Blue Jackets from 2008-13


Need to know

Atkinson was benched for the final 13:12 of the third period after a turnover led to a Flyers scoring chance. "The way Cam was playing, it wasn't helping," Tortorella said. … Giroux's assist on Voracek's goal was his 395th in the NHL and tied him with Mark Recchi for fourth on the Flyers' list. ... Mason is 200-177-63.


What's next

Blue Jackets: At the Toronto Maple Leafs on Sunday (6 p.m. ET; SN, TVA Sports, FS-O, NHL.TV)

Flyers: Host the Carolina Hurricanes on Sunday (7 p.m. ET; CSN-PH, FS-CR, NHL.TV)


Video: Mason strong in 4-2 win vs. Blue Jackets

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