The Flyers were riding high on a nine game point streak coming in to Tuesday night’s game against the Columbus Blue Jackets. A tough third period for the Flyers allowed the Blue Jackets to get three straight goals and come away with the 5-2 final.
[adinserter block=”1″]The Blue Jackets came out with a fire in the first period, causing turnovers and generating a lot of offense. A penalty by Flyers Brayden Schenn would give Columbus the first power play of the game. And they would capitalize early. James Wisniewski would get the goal eight seconds into the power play. Alexander Wennberg swiped a backhander that Emery stopped, but the puck came right to Wisniewski in the right circle and he one-timed the puck past Emery
Columbus didn’t stop there. Just 1:48 after Wisniewski made it 1-0, Ryan Johansen got on the board as well. David Savard took the original shot which bounced off of Corey Tropp in front and then deflected in off the body of Johansen. The goal went to review, but was deemed to be a good goal to give the Blue Jackets the 2-0 lead.
The second period is where the Flyers excelled. The team tied a season high with 20 shots on goal in the period. They also tied the game late in the period with goals 1:45 apart. Wayne Simmonds got the Flyers first goal. Michael Del Zotto took the original shot from the point, which Simmonds then redirected in front to get the goal.
“We did a great job down low,” Simmonds said in an interview. “Vandy and Delly [Del Zotto] did a heck of a job of getting the puck up high. Luke Schenn went over to Delly and Delly took the shot. I tipped it and there was like three bodies in front of the net and luckily it went in.”
Del Zotto would tie the game almost immediately after. R.J. Umberger took the first shot, which goaltender Curtis McElhinney stopped, giving up a big rebound in the process. Del Zotto hopped on the rebound and hit a one-timer that beat the goaltender and tied the game at 2-2.
“I put it on net and it bounced back out,” Del Zotto said in an interview. “I think there was a lot of traffic there. I just shot the puck as hard as I could. Brayden Schenn had great traffic so I don’t think the goalie saw it. It was a big goal for us.”
While the second period was considered one of their best periods of the season, it was the exact opposite in the third. A few mistakes allowed the Blue Jackets to get three straight goals and come away with the victory.
Matt Calvert got the first of three for Columbus. Calvert’s originally shot had been saved by goaltender Ray Emery. The Flyers were looking to break out of the zone, but Vincent Lecavalier’s pass was behind teammate Chris VandeVelde and right onto the stick of Brandon Dubinsky. Dubinsky found Cam Atkinson on a 2-on-0 and Atkinson then found Calvert who converted on his second chance to give the Blue Jackets a lead they would not relinquish.
[adinserter block=”2″]Dubinsky would get a goal of his own later on in the period. Scott Hartnell sent a shot in that went off Emery’s glove and bounced out to Dubinsky who put in the rebound. Calvert would get his second of the night and finish off the scoring with the empty netter to give the Blue Jackets the 5-2 victory.
The Flyers return to action on Thursday when they welcome in the Buffalo Sabres. Long-time Flyer Eric Desjardins will be entered in the Flyers Hall of Fame with a pre-game ceremony. Puck-drop is set for around 7 p.m. but may be delayed due to the ceremony.