Columbus, OH (Sports Network) – Mathieu Garon stopped 28 shots and Derick Brassard notched the game-winner on a power play in the second period as Columbus slipped by Philadelphia, 2-1, at Nationwide Arena.
Kyle Wilson provided the other tally for the Blue Jackets, who have taken five of their last seven contests.
Garon improved to 2-0-0 on the season by holding Philadelphia to two goals or fewer for the fifth time in eight games.
Ville Leino notched the lone score for the Flyers, who fell for the fourth time in five games. Brian Boucher once again was the hard-luck loser, despite making 23 saves.
The Flyers avoided a shutout and cut their deficit to 2-1 with 5:01 remaining in regulation, when Danny Briere carried behind the net and dished into the slot, where Leino roofed his second-chance rebound.
Seconds later, Darroll Powe was sent off for interference but Philadelphia successfully killed off the penalty, then pulled Boucher for an extra skater with 1:31 to go. The Flyers didn’t muster much in the offensive zone and a Blue Jackets’ try in the final seconds hit the outside of the left post.
Columbus got on the board with 7:41 left in the first period, as Chris Clark busted down the left wing and took a shot which Boucher saved, but the rebound kicked right back to Wilson for a successful rebound. It was the first NHL tally for the 25-year-old native of suburban Toronto.
It was 2-0 on a Jackets power play just prior to the midway point of the second period. A slick cross-ice three-way passing play between Jakub Voracek, Rick Nash and Brassard ended with the latter’s quick one-timer from the left side of the crease.
The Blue Jackets registered their second franchise win over Philadelphia…Coming into the game, the Flyers were 2-1-2 all-time at Columbus, but lost the previous game by a 3-0 count on December 27, 2008…Flyers defenseman Sean O’Donnell played in his 1,100th NHL contest…The Jackets activated forward Jared Boll from injured reserve prior to the game.
(Sports Network) - Philadelphia got balanced scoring in its most recent victory, but if it wants to make it two in a row the club will have to do something it has never done before: score on Columbus goaltender Steve Mason.
The Flyers begin a stretch of five games in eight nights this evening when they visit Nationwide Arena and the Blue Jackets, who will look to down the defending Eastern Conference champions just two days after knocking off last year's Stanley Cup winner.
Getting goals from five different skaters on Saturday helped the Flyers record a 5-2 victory over the Maple Leafs and snap a three-game losing streak. Mike Richards posted his first goal of the season in addition to a pair of assists, while Danny Briere scored his team-leading fifth goal of the year.
"It's nice to have a game like this where everyone is contributing," said Hartnell. "We were relentless, our penalty killing was great and we were able to get the power play going a bit. It was a good game all around."
It is unknown if Flyers head coach Peter Laviolette will stick with Boucher tonight or go back to rookie Sergei Bobrovsky in net. That duo is splitting time with netminder Michael Leighton out due to lower back surgery.
Boucher is 4-0-0 with three ties and a 2.08 goals-against average in his career versus the Blue Jackets and 1-1-1 with a 2.33 GAA and .889 save percentage in three starts this season. Bobrovsky is 2-2-0 with 2.78 GAA and .901 save percentage over his first four NHL starts.
Whoever gets the start will likely face off against Mason, who has halted all 27 shots fired his way in his career versus the Flyers. He made 20 saves in a shut-out victory back on Dec. 27, 2008, then made seven saves in a relief appearance versus the club last year without a decision.
Philadelphia won that January meeting, 5-3, and has won three of its last four overall against the Blue Jackets. The club is also 2-1-0 with a pair of ties in five all-time trips to Columbus.
Mason made 30 saves in Saturday's 3-2 victory over the Blackhawks, stopping all 21 shots faced over the final two periods.
Derick Brassard shifted momentum when he got the Blue Jackets on the board with just 35.7 seconds left in the second period, while R.J. Umberger and Antoine Vermette scored five minutes apart in the third period to garner the win.
"It's a huge goal anytime you can score in the last minute of a period," said forward Rick Nash. "You know, we've been on the opposing end of that it seems a lot of times and you really gain momentum off of that going into the dressing room."