Well, that was fun.
The Blue Jackets wanted to start this important stretch of games – five of six on home ice – the right away, especially against a division opponent.
Was it pretty? Hardly. But the Blue Jackets had their share of quality minutes tonight and that was enough to get them two points. Cam Atkinson scored a pair of goals, both set up beautifully by Artemi Panarin, and Anthony Duclair scored a highlight-reel goal to cap their 6-3 win.
The Flyers scored first on a Travis Konecny redirection that fooled Sergei Bobrovsky, but Duclair's stumbling, spinning, falling work of art tied the game later in the period. When it looked like the Blue Jackets would get into the dressing room in a 1-1 tie, Sean Couturier changed that with a 45-foot floater that Bobrovsky simply has to stop.
Good news for Bobrovsky? The Blue Jackets came prepared to score some goals.
They scored three times in the second period to take a 4-2 lead into the third period, and after the Flyers got within one by way of an early third period goal, Columbus answered with goals from Josh Anderson and Sonny Milano down the stretch to put the game away.
Seth Jones was said to have a good week of skating, according to John Tortorella. He may on the verge of a return from a sprained MCL.
The Blue Jackets are back at Nationwide Arena on Saturday night to take on the Chicago Blackhawks.
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