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Blue Jackets defeat Flyers in overtime

Nick Foligno's goal helps Columbus avoid three-game skid

by Craig Merz / Correspondent

COLUMBUS -- Nick Foligno scored at 2:33 of overtime and the Columbus Blue Jackets, after losing a lead in the final seconds of regulation, defeated the Philadelphia Flyers 2-1 at Nationwide Arena on Sunday.

Defenseman David Savard scored in the second period and Sergei Bobrovsky made 25 saves for the Blue Jackets (28-7-4), who avoided a three-game losing streak after winning 16 in a row.

"It was a good answer," Foligno said. "We knew it was going to be hard to come back and get wins. Sometimes when you're on a streak, everything comes easy. You have to find ways to get dirty ones again. That's the way it was tonight."


WATCH: All Flyers vs. Blue Jackets highlights


Philadelphia (21-15-6) has lost six of seven.

Brayden Schenn, who missed an open net twice earlier, tied the game with 16.5 seconds left after the Flyers pulled goaltender Steve Mason, who made 23 saves.

Schenn was to the right of Bobrovsky when the puck deflected to him for his 12th goal.

"That first one should happen, right?" Schenn said. "You just wait for the next chance. I got two more after that and was lucky to put one in."

Video: PHI@CBJ: Schenn sweeps in loose puck to tie game late

It was the second straight game the Blue Jackets allowed a goal with 16.5 seconds remaining; Michael Grabner scored off a turnover by defenseman Seth Jones to give the New York Rangers a 5-4 win on Saturday.

But Jones made amends when he blocked a backhand try by Jakub Voracek in the defensive zone and skated to the other end before finding Foligno in the high slot for his 14th goal.

Columbus took a 1-0 lead at 7:08 of the second when Savard's shot deflected off Flyers defenseman Radko Gudas. The goal withstood a challenge by Flyers coach Dave Hakstol that Blue Jackets forward Josh Anderson's skate interfered with Mason.

Video: PHI@CBJ: Savard's point blast goes in off defender

The Flyers had a goal disallowed at 1:48 of the first when a challenge by Columbus coach John Tortorella that Bobrovsky was interfered with was upheld. Michael Raffl bumped Blue Jackets defenseman Ryan Murray, who then collided with Bobrovsky, impeding his chance to play the puck.

Goal of the game

The winning goal was an example of Tortorella's philosophy that "safe is death." After Jones took the puck from Voracek, he did not hesitate to skate deep in the zone and drew the defense to him, which left Foligno open.

Video: PHI@CBJ: Foligno wrists puck past Mason for OT winner

Save of the game

Just prior to the tying goal, Bobrovsky had to slide from post-to-post after Claude Giroux received a backside pass and shot a rising one-timer.

Video: PHI@CBJ: Bobrovsky makes a great stop on Giroux

Unsung performance of the game

The Flyers disrupted the Blue Jackets, who possess the top power play in the NHL, on their two chances. Philadelphia has gone four consecutive games without allowing a power-play goal against the NHL's top four power plays: the Tampa Bay Lightning, Anaheim Ducks and the Rangers.

Highlight of the game

Mason, a former Blue Jackets goalie, kept it a 1-0 game at 12:07 of the second when he stopped Boone Jenner's breakaway. Jenner, sprung by a Cam Atkinson pass, elected to shoot from between the circles rather than go for a move on Mason.

Video: PHI@CBJ: Mason shuts down Jenner's breakaway bid

They said it

"It was pretty emotional [Saturday] night, as far as that game. We always want them dead-on, ready to go, but there's some physiology that goes with this, as far as the emotion of it and what happened [Saturday] night. But to scratch away and get the two points and get them in the bank is very important." -- Blue Jackets coach John Tortorella


"I'm battling [to be in front of the net]. I didn't really bump into him hard. He was coming from behind and fighting for a lane as well. I think that's hockey. I tried to take my lane, and obviously the D is trying to get behind me so the closer I get to the goalie, the less space the D-man has. Eventually, he has to bump into me." -- Flyers forward Michael Raffl on disallowed goal in first period

Need to know

The Flyers have lost nine straight at Nationwide Arena since Dec. 27, 2008, and Columbus is 11-2-0 overall against the Flyers since Dec. 21, 2013. …. Jack Roslovic of Columbus, a Winnipeg Jets prospect for Manitoba in the American Hockey League, was recognized during a first-period break for helping the United States win the 2017 IIHF World Junior Championship on Thursday. At one time, he played for Ohio AAA Blue Jackets. … Columbus is 12-3-3 in back-to-back games, including 5-1-3 in the second game. The Flyers are 6-2-2 in the second game.

What's next

Flyers: At the Buffalo Sabres on Tuesday (7 p.m. ET; MSG-B, CSN-PH, NHL.TV)

Blue Jackets: At the Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday (7 p.m. ET; FS-CR, FS-O, NHL.TV)


Video: Jackets edge Flyers, 2-1, on Foligno's OT goal

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