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.
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.