Blue Jackets Scrap Out Ugly But Effective Win over the Flyers in Philadelphia

By Rob Mixer on December 22, 2018 at 3:42 pm
Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Zach Werenski celebrates a goal against the Philadelphia Flyers at Wells Fargo Center.
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This can never be easy, can it?

The Blue Jackets seem determined to skate themselves into a corner, even when they're in control of the game. Such was the case this afternoon at Wells Fargo Center, where the Blue Jackets squeaked out a 4-3 win over the Flyers.

They can thank their No. 1 line of Pierre-Luc Dubois, Cam Atkinson and Artemi Panarin in addition to goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky – who has beaten the Flyers for the 3,4553rd time in his NHL career. Elias Sports Bureau was not immediately available to confirm that stat.

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Artemi Panarin was credited with the game-winning goal, a dazzling piece of work right off a face-off win in the third period, and the Blue Jackets had to hang on from there. Panarin's goal (his 10th of the season) made it a 4-2 Columbus lead, but a late goal by James van Riemsdyk made this an interesting finish.

Dubois had three assists, Atkinson scored twice to give him 22 goals on the season, and Bobrovsky shut the door in the third period when the Blue Jackets needed him. The Blue Jackets now have points in five straight games (4-0-1) and are two points back of the Washington Capitals for first place in the Metro Division.

Injury Update

None to report for the Blue Jackets.

Next Up

The Blue Jackets wrap up their pre-Christmas schedule on the tail end of a back-to-back tomorrow afternoon in New Jersey against the Devils. Puck drop from Prudential Center is 12:30 p.m. ET.

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