Columbus left winger Scott Hartnell returned to a Wells Fargo Center on Friday night, and he and his teammates interrupted a good mojo a Flyers had built recently in his aged home.
Blue Jackets 4, Flyers 3.
Columbus was blank 8 regulars – including goalie Sergei Bobrovsky – and had entered a night on a franchise-record-tying nine-game losing skid.
But Nick Foligno and James Wisniewski any scored a span of goals, and Ryan Johansen had 4 assists as Columbus snapped a Flyers’ three-game winning streak.
The Flyers, looking rusty after a five-day layoff, finished 3-1 on a homestand.
Despite blank many of a regulars, Columbus outshot a Flyers, 38-27.
Stunningly, a Flyers authorised 3 power-play goals on Columbus’ initial 4 chances. Before Friday, a Flyers had been 24 of 25 (96 percent) in murdering home penalties.
Michael Del Zotto scored on a blast to cut Columbus’ lead to 4-3 with 18 minutes, 50 seconds left in a third. At that point, 5 of a game’s 7 goals were scored on a energy play.
But a Flyers would not get any closer.
After Jake Voracek tied a measure during 2 with a power-play idea with 16:39 remaining in a second period, a Flyers began brisk in a Columbus section for a subsequent several mins before Blue Jackets manager Todd Richards called a timeout to stop a momentum.
Midway by a second, Foligno skated by a container toward a right round and waited, waited, waited – bringing winger Wayne Simmonds and goalie Steve Mason to their knees – before scoring to put a Jackets ahead, 3-2. It was a initial even-strength idea by possibly team.
Almost 4 mins later, a Flyers were doing a good pursuit of murdering a five-on-three energy play. But shortly after Pierre-Edouard Bellemare missed a possibility to transparent a puck, Mason stopped Foligno’s shot, though handed a miscarry to Wisniewski, who done it 4-2.
The Flyers, who have a formidable diversion in Montreal on Saturday night, had won 5 true during home.
During a blocking early in a game, Hartnell perceived a prolonged station acclaim when a video reverence of his eventful (and always entertaining) seven-year Flyers’ career was shown on a scoreboard.
Hartnell waved his hang to a fans, clapped, and forked to them – as if he was thanking them for their support by a years. His ex-teammates tapped their sticks along a play as a pointer of respect.
Hartnell, dealt to Columbus in Jun for R.J. Umberger and a fourth-round breeze collect in 2015, helped a Blue Jackets take a 1-0 lead with 11:37 left in a initial period, screening Mason as Wisniewski scored on a power-play indicate shot that double-deflected off a Flyers’ Matt Read and Braydon Coburn.
About 41/2 mins later, Claude Giroux tied it with a power-play goal, one-timing a left-circle shot that caromed off defenseman Dalton Prout’s left leg and by a legs of goalie Curtis McElhinney (1-5-1).
But Columbus regained a lead on another power-play goal, regulating a well-executed tic-tac-toe flitting play that finished with Foligno’s tap-in from a doorstep with 2:50 remaining in a first.
Columbus outplayed and outhustled a Flyers while holding a 9-5 shots corner in a initial period.