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The Flyers season-high 4 game winning streak came to an end tonight as the Blue Jackets came in to Philadelphia and dominated the Flyers by a score of 4-1. Former Flyer Steve Hartnell had a goal and two assists in the effort after sitting out as a healthy scratch the night before.
The Flyers came out looking flat early on, and the Blue Jackets were able to take advantage. They jumped out to an early lead on a Nick Foligno goal and added a second goal minutes later on a deflected Jack Johnson shot. The Flyers spent the majority of the period on their heels, generating just four shots on goal.
Philadelphia showed brief signs of life in the second, but the Blue Jackets were able to extinguish any hope of a comeback pretty quickly. After a Michael Raffl goal on a beautiful pass from Brayden Schenn, Nick Foligno beat Steve Mason on a nasty shot that the Flyers’ net minder had no chance at. Next, it was Steve Hartnell who gave the Jackets a three goal lead and truly put this one away.
The Flyers did pick things up a bit in the third, but Bobrovsky had all the answers and held the three goal lead until time expired. Definitely a lackluster effort from the Flyers to bring us back to reality after the aforementioned win streak. They’ll look to bounce back on Tuesday night against the Brooklyn Islanders. Some more takes:
- The deflection by Scott Laughton that led to the Blue Jackets’ second goal was definitely ill-advised. It’s an instinctual move to try and bat down a shot going in on goal, but it would have been better to just let a fairly harmless shot like that go in on goal.
- The Jakub Voracek on the third line thing has kept going for a while, presumably because the Flyers have been winning. So a loss like this seems like a perfect time to put an end to it. It helps balance the lineup a bit, but the Flyers cannot afford to continually waste Voracek’s offensive talents.
- Shayne Gostisbehere added another point tonight, which goes on the short list of Good Things about this game. Ghost now has 8 points in 11 games, good for second on the Flyers in P/G.
- The Flyers did not lose this game because Nick Cousins and Colin McDonald were taken out of the lineup, so please don’t go around saying that they lost this game because Nick Cousins and Colin McDonald were taken out of the lineup. Thank you.
- Del Zotto and Schenn were a -11 and -12 respectively in terms of Corsi during the first period. They’ve been good lately, but that’s a thing I’d like to not see happen again.