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Jan Hrdina Scores For Columbus; Flyers Win 3-1
Marc Denis Makes 28 Saves

Tuesday, 12.13.2005 / 12:00 AM / News
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Jan Hrdina Scores For Columbus; Flyers Win 3-1
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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Ticker) -- Rookie Jeff Carter took advantage of an opportunity and spoiled one for the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Carter's goal early in the second period snapped a tie and lifted the Philadelphia Flyers to a 3-1 victory over the Blue Jackets.

Winless in five all-time meetings with the Flyers, the Blue Jackets looked to change things Tuesday when Jan Hrdina scored his first goal in 22 games 5:42 into the first period to give Columbus a 1-0 lead.

Peter Forsberg, who recorded a goal and an assist in Saturday's 3-2 triumph over Minnesota after missing six games with a groin injury, drew Philadelphia even just over a minute later, and Carter put the Flyers ahead for good in the second session.

From the doorstep, rookie Ben Eager took a shot from the low slot that was stopped by goaltender Marc Denis. However, the puck lay in the crease, allowing Carter to pounce on it and push it over the goal line for his first tally in 10 games and a 2-1 edge.

The goal managed to hold up despite Columbus playing the majority of the second half of the second on the power play, including nearly three minutes with a 5-on-3 advantage.

Sami Kapanen sealed the win with an empty-net goal in the final seconds of the third and Robert Esche made 23 saves in his first game since November 30 for the Flyers, who have won five of their last seven games.

Denis stopped 28 shots for Columbus, which had won two straight at home and four of six overall.

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