NHL Game Summary - Philadelphia at Columbus|
(Saturday, December 21st)
Final Score: Columbus 6, Philadelphia 3
Columbus, OH (SportsNetwork.com) - David Savard, Boone Jenner, Ryan
Johansen and R.J. Umberger picked up third-period goals to help Columbus claim
a 6-3 victory over the Flyers in the back end of a home-and-home set.
Corey Tropp and Nikita Nikitin each recorded a pair of assists for the Blue
Jackets, who responded well after wasting a three-goal lead and surrendering
five goals in the final period in a 5-4 loss in Philadelphia on Thursday.
Curtis McElhinney was strong in the crease with 33 saves.
"It was a gutsy win for a lot of reasons," Columbus head coach Todd Richards
remarked. "Curtis played very well. He responded, as well."
Wayne Simmonds tallied twice and Sean Couturier once for the Flyers, who have
a home game on Monday against Minnesota before embarking on a six-game holiday
"I don't think we were flat," Flyers head coach Craig Berube said. "We made
mistakes on their goals that will be easy to correct. They didn't have to
Ray Emery was shelled for five scores on 28 shots in defeat.
Savard lofted a shot over traffic and past Emery for a 3-2 Blue Jackets lead
with 3:36 played in the third, and the hosts went up by two a short time
McElhinney was on his back in the crease, but still managed to get enough of a
Vincent Lecavalier chance to keep it from crossing the goal line. The puck
went the other way on an Artem Anisimov rush, and his pass to Savard found
Nikitin at the point for a successful shot inside the right post tipped there
Johansen's rising shot from the right circle off a 2-on-1 break made it 5-2
for Columbus with 7:38 to play.
In a surprise move, Emery was pulled as the clock ticked down to three minutes
remaining, and Simmonds finally capitalized for the visitors with 1:41 to go.
Umberger tapped a shot into the empty net 24 seconds later to seal it.
Columbus picked up the game's first goal with 9:17 left in the first. Emery
turned away a contested Marian Gaborik shot from the left wing, then Nick
Foligno took the rebound, curled around the net and fed Johansen for a shot
under the crossbar.
Gaborik, who was hit up high by Philly's Zac Rinaldo just prior to the score,
left the game and did not return. He was later diagnosed with a broken
collarbone and is out indefinitely and the club announced his placement on
injured reserve after the contest.
It was a two-goal lead for the hosts just 10 seconds into a power play created
after Mark Streit was sent off for hooking, as James Wisniewski cranked one
home from the right point for an Umberger redirection with 5:31 remaining in
the second period.
Brandon Dubinsky rocketed a short-handed chance off the crossbar and far post
at the tail end of a Flyers power play, and on the next rush up ice, Simmonds
managed to slide a shot through McElhinney with 2:20 left.
Couturier batted in a cross-ice pass from Matt Read only 20 seconds later to
tie the score.
Columbus improved to 3-2-2 against Philly on home ice ... Gaborik and
Wisniewski made their returns to the lineup after both were activated from
injured reserve late Friday ... Jackets forward Matt Calvert left the game at
the end of the second and did not return due to an upper-body injury ...
Simmonds posted his eighth career two-goal effort, while Umberger recorded his
24th career multi-goal contest ... Prior to the contest, the Flyers announced
that forward Steve Downie will miss the next 7-to-10 days, but Vincent
Lecavalier returned after a nine-game absence ... Defenseman Nick Grossman was
a late Philly scratch due to the flu, and Hall Gill appeared for the first
time since Nov. 7.
12/21 23:21:13 ET