Despite a furious late rally, the Columbus Blue Jackets were stopped short and were defeated by the Philadelphia Flyers by a score of 3-2 on Wednesday night.
Nick Foligno struck first with his second of the season less than five minutes into the game, after a shift where he, Sonny Milano and Emil Bemstrom were working the Flyers in the offensive zone.
Scoring chances continued for the Blue Jackets, but were eventually stunted by three penalties in a row committed by the home club. Columbus continued their dominant short handed play, though, killing off all three penalties.
Perhaps it would’ve been better had they taken a fourth, because with 1:22 remaining, Philadelphia earned one right back to tie the score at the hand of Tyler Pitlick.
The Blue Jackets just wouldn’t have that, though. With 35.1 remains in the frame, Seth Jones rifled home his second in three games to give his club back the lead before the first break.
It would be that kind of game - as soon as the second period started, the Flyers went to work, tying the game at two on Scott Laughton’s first of the year. The rest of the period was all Philadelphia.
Penalties eventually did catch up with the Blue Jackets, folks. Their fourth of the game came from Sonny Milano with less than five minutes remaining in the second frame, and the Flyers scored a go-ahead goal with 3:25 to go to lead 3-2.
The second intermission came, and the Flyers led 17-15 in shots, and 35-23 in shot attempts. They owned that one, and the shot attempts tell that story more clearly.
The third period was back-and-forth, with the Blue Jackets putting tremendous pressure on the Flyers late, but couldn’t score the tying goal and lost 3-2.
The Blue Jackets are still without Markus Nutivaara as he continues to recover from injury. Kole Sherwood is also working his way back from injury. Brandon Dubinsky is still out long term with a wrist injury.
The Blue Jackets continue their homestand and face off against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Friday, November 29 at Nationwide Arena.
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