Jackets Rout Flyers in Columbus

For 20 seconds, the Flyers looked like the third period team that beat Columbus on Thursday.

The rest of the 59 minutes, 40 seconds didn't go so well for Philadelphia. The Flyers were routed, 6-3, Saturday in Columbus.

Ray Emery didn't stand a chance to keep the Flyers in the game, who left their goalie hanging on practically all six goals. Screens, odd-man rushes and breakdowns sealed their fate.

Ryan Johansen and R.J. Umberger each scored two goals for the Blue Jackets.

In the first, Johansen scored his first goal of the game to put Columbus up, 1-0. On a 3-on-1, Marian Gaborik got the puck to Johansen who beat Ray Emery.

Late in the second, Umberger put the Blue Jackets up, 2-0. At that point it was appearing the Flyers were rolling over to Columbus.

Then the same burst of life from Thursday appeared just minutes after Umberger's goal. Wayne Simmonds and Sean Couturier scored 20 second apart to instantly tie the game up, 2-2.

The two teams headed into the third period locked up, but a complete defensive breakdown in the third ended any chance the Flyers had at a win.

A turnover behind the net allowed the puck to find its way to the point. David Savard then tossed a soft wrister on net that Emery didn't see, putting Columbus up, 3-2.

Shortly after, Boone Jenner fired a soft slap shot on a play that mimicked the previous goal to put Columbus up, 4-2.

Later in the period, Johansen scored on a 2-on-1, putting the jackets up by three. The Flyers added a late goal on Simmonds' second of the game, but that was all the scoring for Philadelphia.


John Russo
Editor; Featured Writer
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