Philadelphia
Flyers
42-30-10
Columbus
Blue Jackets
43-32-7

28 SOG
39 SOG
1st2nd3rdT
PHI
CBJ
game recap

Blues Jackets top Flyers for eighth straight win

Thursday, 01.23.2014 / 11:27 PM

Rob Mixer - BlueJackets.com

Three Stars of the Game
Brandon Dubinsky
1st
G: 1Shots: 5
A: 1Hits: 2
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 19:24
Matt Calvert
2nd
G: 1Shots: 3
A: 1Hits: 1
PTS: 2PIM: 2
+/-: 1TOI: 16:49
Jack Johnson
3rd
G: 1Shots: 6
A: 0Hits: 0
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 2TOI: 27:49

THE RUNDOWN
The Blue Jackets have talked often about the need to focus on "who's up next" on their schedule, and not got wrapped up in the excitement surrounding this run they're on. At some point, doesn't it become a bit difficult?

Adversity hasn't been extinct in this now-eight-game winning streak - the Blue Jackets have trailed at times, played poorly at times and have been guilty of getting in their own way. But each night it has been a different player, a different line, that makes an impact and turns the game in their favor. It was no different tonight against the Philadelphia Flyers, a team that's given the Blue Jackets troubles in the season series between these Metropolitan Division rivals.

Columbus scored first - again - struggled in the second period but found a way to carry a 3-2 lead into the final 20 minutes. The Flyers struck for two goals in a span of less than six minutes to turn a 1-0 deficit into a 2-1 advantage, and at the time, had generated some momentum and started to take the game back. But much like what happened Tuesday night, last weekend in Buffalo, and games prior to that, the Blue Jackets had a different unit step to the fore and make a big play.

The fourth line made it happen tonight, getting the 2-2 goal from the stick of Derek MacKenzie at 11:24 of the second period, a little more than four minutes after Vincent Lecavalier gave the Flyers a 2-1 lead. Later in the frame, Matt Calvert's foot got just enough of a James Wisniewski shot-pass to beat Ray Emery and give Columbus its second lead of the night, this time with one period to go.

Does this sound familiar? The Blue Jackets put their foot down in the third period and put the game out of reach with a timely penalty kill and opportunistic offense.

Philadelphia started the third period on the back half of a 45 second 5-on-3 power play which the Blue Jackets killed off, and shortly thereafter, scored twice in 3:25 to bump their lead to 5-2. Brandon Dubinsky capitalized on a great play up high by Calvert and snapped his 11th of the season past Emery at 3:29, and then Nathan Horton scored a beautiful goal walking around Flyers defenseman Andrej Meszaros and depositing his fourth of the season off the bar and in.

Oh, yeah...Sergei Bobrovsky made 26 saves to record his first victory against his former team.

PIVOTAL MOMENT
There was a period late in the middle frame where this game was very much up for grabs. Down 3-2, the Flyers were given 45 seconds of two-man advantage time and a huge opportunity to even things up headed to the third period. But the Blue Jackets did what they had to do, blocking shots, winning draws and keeping the Flyers outside the danger zones. Not long after they killed off the 5-on-3 and subsequent power play, they scored two big goals to pad the lead.

THREE STARS
1. BRANDON DUBINSKY (CBJ)

It's on nights like these when you see what Dubinsky brings to the Blue Jackets. He was a firecracker tonight, finishing checks, dominating the face-off circle (79 percent) and registering another multi-point game with a goal and an assist.

2. MATT CALVERT (CBJ)

Calvert was kind of a question mark for this game after missing the morning skate, but he was once again a big part of a really effective line for Columbus. He scored the go-ahead goal in the second and made a great play to set up Dubinsky's game winner.

3. JACK JOHNSON (CBJ)

He got things started offensively for the Jackets, scoring a lucky goal from the left wing midway through the first. Johnson is playing some of the best hockey of his career, and tonight, he played 27:49 with six shots on goal and a +2.

UP NEXT
VS. BUFFALO SABRES
SATURDAY, 7 P.M.
NATIONWIDE ARENA

scoring summary
1st Period
08:20
CBJ
Jack Johnson (3) Wrist shot - ASST: NONE
1 - 0 CBJ
2nd Period
01:56
PHI
Brayden Schenn (14) Wrist shot - ASST: NONE
1 - 1 Tie
07:21
PHI
PPG - Vincent Lecavalier (11) Slapshot - ASST: Mark Streit (18), Andrej Meszaros (11)
2 - 1 PHI
11:24
CBJ
Derek MacKenzie (3) Wrist shot - ASST: Artem Anisimov (12), Corey Tropp (5)
2 - 2 Tie
16:13
CBJ
PPG - Matt Calvert (6) Deflected shot - ASST: James Wisniewski (27), Brandon Dubinsky (23)
3 - 2 CBJ
3rd Period
03:29
CBJ
Brandon Dubinsky (11) Wrist shot - ASST: Matt Calvert (6), Fedor Tyutin (16)
4 - 2 CBJ
06:54
CBJ
Nathan Horton (4) Snap shot - ASST: Ryan Murray (14)
5 - 2 CBJ
penalty summary
1st Period
09:58
PHI
Scott Hartnell  Tripping against  Boone Jenner
09:58
PHI
Scott Hartnell  Slashing against  Boone Jenner
15:09
CBJ
Nathan Horton  Hooking against  Claude Giroux
17:07
PHI
Steve Downie  Too many men/ice - bench
2nd Period
05:47
CBJ
Ryan Johansen  Hi-sticking against  Andrej Meszaros
14:16
PHI
Braydon Coburn  Holding against  Boone Jenner
18:19
CBJ
Nathan Horton  Interference against  Scott Hartnell
19:34
CBJ
Fedor Tyutin  Cross checking against  Steve Downie
3rd Period
04:53
PHI
Scott Hartnell  Boarding against  Mark Letestu
10:32
CBJ
Ryan Johansen  Hooking against  Wayne Simmonds
16:11
PHI
Andrej Meszaros  Holding against  Boone Jenner
16:59
CBJ
Matt Calvert  Hooking against  Nicklas Grossmann
18:13
PHI
Braydon Coburn  Slashing against  Nick Foligno
goalie stats
Ray Emery
Ray Emery
6-9-1
SA: 39TOI: 59:25
Saves: 34EV: 20 - 24
PIM: 0PP: 11 - 12
SV%: .872SH: 3 - 3
Sergei Bobrovsky
SA: 28TOI: 59:51
Saves: 26EV: 18 - 19
PIM: 0PP: 8 - 9
SV%: .929SH: 0 - 0
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