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.
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