Blue Jackets Lose 5-1 to the Philadelphia Flyers in Deflating Metropolitan Division Loss

By Max Steele on February 18, 2020 at 9:35 pm
Feb 18, 2020; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Elvis Merzlikins (90) makes a save against Philadelphia Flyers center Sean Couturier (14) during the second period during the first period at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports
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The Blue Jackets came into tonight's matchup with the Philadelphia Flyers looking to win their first game in 5 outings and cement their place in the Metropolitan Division playoff race.  Unfortunately for the team, a terrible first period stifled Columbus' chance at two points.

The Blue Jackets fell into a quick hole, allowing two goals on two shots in the game's opening minutes.  It appeared that the team had fallen into a 3-0 whole later in the period, but luckily for Columbus, the score was overturned due to goaltender interference.

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FLYERS 2 1 2 5

While the Blue Jacket effort improved in the second period, the team conceded yet another goal leading to a 3-0 lead for the Flyers.

The Columbus club was finally able to find some offense during a late 2nd-period power play.  With the man advantage, Oliver Bjorkstrand scored his 20th goal of the season off of a tremendous slap-pass from Emil Bemstrom.

But the Blue Jackets couldn't capitalize on the goal's momentum and yielded a 4-1 goal 4 minutes into the 3rd period.  The goal caused the Blue Jackets to make a change in net, Matiss Kivlenieks being sent in relief of Elvis Merzlikins.

The Flyers added a late power-play tally to increase the score to 5-1.

Next Up

The Blue Jackets face the Philadelphia Flyers again this Thursday, February 20th.  Puck drop is scheduled for 7:00 PM.

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