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Flyers move into second wild card in East

Columbus rallies, defeats Philadelphia in shootout

by Craig Merz / Correspondent

Jenner's nice shootout goal

PHI@CBJ: Jenner beats Mason in the shootout

3/22/16: Boone Jenner makes a nice move to beat Steve Mason for the lone goal in the shootout

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COLUMBUS -- The Philadelphia Flyers surrendered a two-goal lead in the final 1:04 of the third period before eventually losing 3-2 in a shootout to the Columbus Blue Jackets at Nationwide Arena on Tuesday.

Philadelphia (35-24-13) gave up goals to Boone Jenner and Cam Atkinson in the last 64 seconds of regulation and Jenner had the deciding goal in the fifth round of the shootout.

The point moved the Flyers into the second wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Eastern Conference. The Flyers and Detroit Red Wings each have 83 points, but Philadelphia has a game in hand. Detroit lost 6-2 at the Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday.

Mason, who made 51 saves, started on consecutive nights after making 23 saves in a 4-1 win at the New York Islanders on Monday.

"We gave away the extra point there. That's real disappointing," Mason said.

Video: PHI@CBJ: Atkinson beats Mason to tie game in 3rd

Philadelphia captain Claude Giroux, who scored in the first period wasn't happy with the final minutes of the third period.

"At the end of the day we've got to worry about ourselves," he said. "If we play like that, even if we make the playoffs, we'll be out soon. We need to find a way to play better because it's not good enough."

Ryan White scored his 10th of the season at 11:14 of the third on the power play for the Flyers' 2-0 lead and Mason, who won the Calder Trophy with the Blue Jackets in 2009, appeared headed for his second straight shutout against them.

The 53 shots for the Blue Jackets tied the franchise record first set Oct. 28, 2005 against the Minnesota Wild.

"[Mason] played great," Flyers defenseman Radko Gudas said. "He's the reason we stayed in the game. Unfortunately we couldn't pull it out for him."

Video: PHI@CBJ: Jenner deflects it past Mason shorthanded

Jenner scored at 18:56 when the Blue Jackets were shorthanded but had goalie Sergei Bobrovsky pulled for an extra attacker. He redirected a shot from Seth Jones that withstood a review for a high stick.

"There were some big efforts," Jenner said. "It took 59 minutes but we wore them down the whole game."

The goal sparked the Blue Jackets (30-35-8).

"The boys on the bench were pretty jacked up," Atkinson said. "We're never out of the fight till the last buzzer."

With Bobrovsky still off, Atkinson tied the score with 8.9 seconds left in regulation when he was positioned to the left of Mason and put in a rebound after Scott Hartnell had the first chance.

"I score the majority of my goals in that area," Atkinson said. "That's kind of my sweet spot."

Video: PHI@CBJ: Giroux finishes Schenn's feed

Each team killed a penalty in overtime and Bobrovsky made a point-blank save on Wayne Simmonds with 1:14 left.

The shootout was scoreless until Jenner deked Mason to start the fifth round and Bobrovsky stopped Sean Couturier with his right pad to end it.

"The guys worked hard for the two points and we're rewarded," said Bobrovsky, who tied the franchise record for career wins with 96. "It feels unbelievable right now. It's a huge win."

The Flyers lost their eighth straight game in Columbus.

Video: PHI@CBJ: Bobrovsky denies Couturier to win it

"You hate to say it but they deserved it. They outplayed us most of the night," White said. "It's a tough loss for sure but we didn't deserve better than what we got, I'll tell you that. We've just got to be better. You've got to give Columbus credit. They fought hard all night."

Flyers coach Dave Hakstol chose to see the positives in getting points from the first two of a four-game trip that continues Thursday at the Colorado Avalanche.

"It doesn't sit very well but we'll go back at it two nights from now," he said. "We've got three out of four points, no matter how it happens, in the first two games of the road trip."

Video: Blue Jackets edge Flyers in shootout, 3-2

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