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Matt Calvert scored twice, including the game winner, a one-time goal with just over 10 minutes remaining, to give Columbus a 5-2 victory over the Flyers Tuesday night.
Brandon Dubinsky and Ryan Johansen each had a goal and an assist while James Wisniewski also scored for Columbus. Scott Hartnell and Alexander Wennberg both recorded two assists, as Corey Tropp, David Savard, and Cam Atkinson all were credited with assists. Curtis McElhinney was under duress for most of the night, but recorded 42 save on 44 Flyer shots.
Michael Del Zotto recorded a goal and assist for the Flyers, while Wayne Simmonds also notched his 22nd goal. Luke Schenn, Ryan White and RJ Umberger all recorded assists. Ray Emery stopped 21/25 Columbus shots, as the Flyers failed to record a point for the first time in ten games.
A lackluster first period put the Flyers into an early 2-0 hole, as Wisnieski scored 18 seconds into a Columbus power play. The defenseman crept in along the right circle and beat Emery with a quick wrist shot off a big rebound. Just 1:12 later, Johansen potted his 21st of the season, a shot that ricocheted off his shoulder and into the back of the net, to beat Emery.
Flyers coach Craig Berube refused to stand pat entering the second period, as he moved Michael Raffl to the top line and demoted Brayden Schenn. Raffl’s in-game promotion immediately played dividends, as he quickly became a sparkplug for the team.
Despite outplaying the Blue Jackets for the period, the Flyers struggled to beat McElhinney. The Columbus goaltender made the save of the game against Jakub Voracek on a Philadelphia power play, as Voracek was alone on the side of the net.
Despite not scoring on the power play, the Flyers were not deterred, as Simmonds would net his team-leading 22nd goal off a deflection from a Del Zotto point shot to give the Wells Fargo Center new life.
Just 1:43 later, Del Zotto would snipe a wrist shot passed McElhinney to tie the game with just 58 seconds remaining in the second period, as the Flyers entered the locker room tied 2-2 after outshooting Columbus 20-6 in the period.
An up-and-down third period featured chances by both teams, but it was Columbus that broke the tie at the 10:06 mark, as Matt Calvert took a cross-crease feed from Cam Atkinson to beat Emery.
Columbus would tack on another goal to put the game out of reach, this one by Flyer pest Dubinsky, on a weak rebound given up by Emery.
Calvert scored a late empty net goal to send whatever remaining fans home.