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Jackets Rout Flyers in Columbus

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.

Steve Downie Out 7-10 Days; Vincent Lecavalier Returns

The Flyers got a bit of good news and bad news today.

The bad came earlier in the day when the Flyers found out winger Steve Downie would miss seven to 10 days with an upper-body injury. Surely it was going to impact the lineup for tonight's matchup against Columbus.

Flyers Help Mason Beat Former Team

Every time Steve Mason steps on the ice with the Blue Jackets things go bad.

It was the case when he played there, and it was the case Thursday night when the Flyers hosted the jackets. At least through the first two periods it seemed that way.

Mason was beat twice outright in the first and second periods respectively, giving the Blue Jackets a 2-0 lead. At the end of the second, Columbus scored a third goal off a mad scramble that highlighted Mason's bad luck.

(Photo: Steve Mason makes a save against his former team. Photo by Len Redkoles/NHLI via Getty Images)

Captain Fantastic: Giroux's Four Points Lead Flyers to Comeback Win Over Columbus

Claude Giroux didn't even know how the puck went into the net.

He'll be watching replays of it for sure. Not only because it was the game-winning goal, but because it was the 100th goal he's scored in his career.

It came just under three minutes after his 99th career goal tied the game up. His two tallies earned the Flyers a 5-4 comeback win over the Columbus Blue Jackets Thursday night.

“To be honest I haven’t seen the replay or anything so I don’t know what happened," Giroux said. "I was just trying to get it on net, and it was at the end of the shift so I was a little tired, so I was just trying to get it on net.”

(Photo: Columbus' R.J. Umberger and David Savard skate away as the Flyers celebrate Claude Giroux's game-winning goal in the third period. Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Schenn Cleared to Play 48 Hours After Scary Hit

Flyers forward Brayden Schenn will be in tonight's lineup as his team gets set to host the Blue Jackets tonight.

The news comes to a bit of a shock as just 48 hours prior, Schenn was blasted into the boards by Capitals forward Tom Wilson. Wilson got a five-minute major for charging and had a hearing at noon today. (UPDATE: There will not be any supplemental discipline for Wilson.)

Schenn said he is shocked he is able to play tonight so shortly after the dangerous hit he received on Tuesday.

(Photo: Capitals forward Tom Wilson checks Brayden Schenn into the baords in the second period of Tuesday's 5-2 win over Washington.
Photo by Len Redkoles/NHLI via Getty Images)

Weekly Flyers Preview: Dec. 16-22

The Flyers have a chance to make up points in the division, with the second half of a back-to-back, as well as another against division foes.

Early Start Allows For Optimism On The Island

The 2014 season is only two games old for the New York Islanders, but there is already reason for cautious optimism.

Out of a possible four points, the Islanders have started off the year by taking three of them, tying them with the Carolina Hurricanes for second place in the Metropolitan Division, and putting them good enough for seventh place in the Eastern Conference (Photo credit: spotboslow/Flickr).

Replacing Mark Streit's Offense Will Not Be Easy For The Isles

Mark Streit was a very serviceable captain of this New York Islanders squad for the past two years, but his defensive prowess was fading just like his time spent with the team. His -27 and -14 rating over the past two respective seasons might not be missed on the Isles blue line, but his ability to power play the quarterback has certainly left a void (Photo Credit: Dan4th/Flickr).

Of his 27 points last season, 11 of them were scored with the man advantage. The previous season, Streit scored 47 points as the Isles top defenseman with 23 of them coming on the power play.

What Went Wrong in 2013 Part 4: The Shortened Season

Every single player, coach, owner, fan and analyst knew what to expect during the shortened 2013 season.

Unlike the marathon of a regular 82-game schedule is for these athletes every season, the 48-game post-lockout season was going to be a mad scramble from the starting line.

Imagine a bunch of marathon runners running a sprint. That was the 2013 Flyers and it went about as poorly as you could have imagined it to go.

Flyers Look Foolish A Year Removed From Trading Vezina Finalist Sergei Bobrovsky

Since dealing two of the franchise's most prominent stars of the 2000's, Mike Richards and Jeff Carter, it seems the Philadelphia fan base has surgically dissected every single move made by the Flyers front office.

The two most scrutinized moves in the past two years though are the dealings of young stars James van Riemsdyk and Sergei Bobrovsky. To be fair, the former was an even trade that benefited both the Flyers, who got Luke Schenn, and the Maple Leafs, who landed the scorer in van Riemsdyk.

As for the latter, Bobrovsky was traded this past offseason to the Columbus Blue Jackets where he won the starting job over now-current Flyers back-up goaltender Steve Mason. After turning the Blue Jackets around and nearly making the post season, Bobrovsky is a finalist for the Vezina Trophy, awarded to the league's best goaltender.

(Pictured: Serge Bobrovsky against the Stars on April 25, 2013. Photo by Glenn James/NHLI via Getty Images)