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