CBJ
43-32-7
PHI
42-30-10

29 SOG
39 SOG

Flyers use five-goal third period to top Blue Jackets

Rob Mixer  - BlueJackets.com | Thursday, 12.19.2013 / 11:15 PM

THE RUNDOWN

Through 40 minutes, the Blue Jackets looked the part of a team fully engaged in a divisional battle against a team as desperate for points as they are. And then everything came unraveled.

Down 3-0 through two periods on home ice, the Philadelphia Flyers skated to the dressing room to a chorus of boos inside the Wells Fargo Center mere moments after Nick Foligno scored to put the Blue Jackets ahead by three goals with 7.5 seconds remaining in the second period. The Blue Jackets were in control, playing their game and had the Flyers frustrated due to a lack of quality chances and some hard-working efforts on the forecheck.

And to call it "disappointing" when that 3-0 lead dissipates into nothing at the end of the night is a major understatement.

The Flyers' push was not unexpected, as Matt Calvert said post-game: any team trailing on its home ice entering the third period is going to come out strong and try to get back into the game. But the Blue Jackets were caught back on their heels, chasing pucks and chasing the Flyers around their zone and yielding chance after chance on Curtis McElhinney, who was under siege in the final stanza.

Jakub Voracek, Brayden Coburn, Erik Gustafsson and Claude Giroux (who had been relatively quiet earlier in the game) scored third-period goals for the Flyers who got the game-winner with 1:39 to play. Giroux, after receiving a shot off the end boards and with David Savard on his back, whipped a no-look backhand shot under the crossbar and in, capping one of the more wild and unpredictable third periods in recent memory.

The Blue Jackets will get another crack at these Flyers on Saturday night at Nationwide Arena, but right now, that's not much solace. They let valuable Metropolitan Division points slip away and now are asked to make up more ground in the playoff race as we near the halfway point of the season.

PIVOTAL MOMENT

The Blue Jackets got a big goal from Blake Comeau minutes after the Flyers made it 3-2, shoveling home a great pass by Artem Anisimov and restoring a two-goal cushion. But the Flyers, again, pounced on some sloppy play by the Blue Jackets and scored a tide-turning goal on a delayed penalty (Gustafsson's tally made it 4-3). It didn't take long after that for Giroux to push the puck over the line to draw Philadelphia even at 4-4, and by now, we all know what happened after that.

THREE STARS

1. CLAUDE GIROUX (PHI)

There's been some conversation about Giroux's confidence lately, but he put his team on his back late in the third period. A diving effort tied the game 4-4, and his wheeling backhander won it for Philadelphia.

2. JAKE VORACEK (PHI)

A multi-point third period from the former Jackets forward really got the Flyers going, and his early tally made it 3-1 with plenty of game to be played.

3. NICK FOLIGNO (CBJ)

Foligno scored what appeared to be a very important goal for the Blue Jackets late in the second period, a goal that made it 3-0 Blue Jackets and gave them a firm grasp on things heading into the final 20.

UP NEXT

VS. PHILADELPHIA FLYERS

SATURDAY, 7 P.M.

NATIONWIDE ARENA

1st2nd3rdT
CBJ
PHI
Scoring Summary
1st Period
15:16CBJ SHG - Cam Atkinson (10) Wrist shot - ASST: Ryan Murray (5) 1 - 0 CBJ
2nd Period
04:44CBJ Jack Skille (3) Slapshot - ASST: Mark Letestu (11), Nikita Nikitin (6) 2 - 0 CBJ
19:49CBJ Nick Foligno (10) Snap shot - ASST: Jack Johnson (6), Brandon Dubinsky (16) 3 - 0 CBJ
3rd Period
04:20PHI Jakub Voracek (9) Wrist shot - ASST: Claude Giroux (20), Mark Streit (11) 3 - 1 CBJ
05:22PHI Braydon Coburn (3) Snap shot - ASST: NONE 3 - 2 CBJ
08:35CBJ Blake Comeau (3) Snap shot - ASST: Artem Anisimov (6) 4 - 2 CBJ
15:21PHI Erik Gustafsson (2) Snap shot - ASST: Wayne Simmonds (11), Claude Giroux (21) 4 - 3 CBJ
16:14PHI Claude Giroux (8) Wrist shot - ASST: Michael Raffl (7), Jakub Voracek (12) 4 - 4 Tie
18:22PHI Claude Giroux (9) Backhand shot - ASST: Mark Streit (12), Jakub Voracek (13) 5 - 4 PHI
Three Stars of the Game
Claude Giroux
1st
Claude Giroux
G: 2Shots: 2
A: 2Hits: 1
PTS: 4PIM: 0
+/-: 3TOI: 20:46
Jakub Voracek
2nd
Jakub Voracek
RW
G: 1Shots: 3
A: 2Hits: 0
PTS: 3PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 18:58
Nick Foligno
3rd
Nick Foligno
LW
G: 1Shots: 1
A: 0Hits: 4
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: -1TOI: 18:10
Penalty Summary
1st Period
09:14CBJ Brandon Dubinsky  Holding against  Claude Giroux
12:05PHI Zac Rinaldo  Charging against  R.J. Umberger
13:20CBJ Nikita Nikitin  Holding against  Michael Raffl
17:18CBJ Tim Erixon  Holding against  Jakub Voracek
2nd Period
15:56PHI Braydon Coburn  Interference against  Nick Foligno
3rd Period
19:29CBJ Jack Johnson  Hooking against  Matt Read
shots by period
PeriodCBJPHI
1st414
2nd189
3rd716
Total2939
Team Stats
CategoryCBJPHI
Power Plays0/20/4
Hits3017
Faceoff Wins2831
Giveaways96
Takeaways97
Blocked Shots209
Penalty Minutes84
  • COLUMBUS
  • PHILADELPHIA
#skatersPosGA+/-SPIMTOI
5J. SkilleR100206:09
6N. NikitinD0112216:03
7J. JohnsonD0104224:04
11M. CalvertL00-10018:14
13C. AtkinsonR1024016:50
14B. ComeauL1011011:58
17B. DubinskyC0112217:31
18R. UmbergerC00-31016:57
19R. JohansenC00-33017:26
20T. ErixonD0010214:17
26C. TroppR00-2009:59
27R. MurrayD01-21021:28
38B. JennerC0023012:31
42A. AnisimovC0112015:25
51F. TyutinD0001022:50
55M. LetestuC01-12013:17
58D. SavardD00-20021:41
71N. FolignoL10-11018:10
#GoaliesSvSASv%TOI
31C. McElhinney3439.87258:39
#skatersPosGA+/-SPIMTOI
5B. CoburnD10-14220:27
8N. GrossmannD0012018:23
9S. DownieR0001017:06
10B. SchennC0005016:49
12M. RafflL0111015:13
14S. CouturierC0002017:09
17W. SimmondsR01-12016:49
18A. HallR000008:01
19S. HartnellL0011015:54
22L. SchennD00-13016:52
24M. ReadR00-14019:03
26E. GustafssonD1003017:05
28C. GirouxC2232020:46
32M. StreitD0230022:26
36Z. RinaldoC000127:48
44K. TimonenD0014019:44
76C. VandeVeldeC00-1108:16
93J. VoracekR1213018:58
#GoaliesSvSASv%TOI
35S. Mason2529.86259:11