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Flyers aim for home-and-home sweep in Columbus

(SportsNetwork.com) - After a spirited comeback lifted Philadelphia to an eighth straight victory at home, the Flyers aim to find the win column again on Saturday night as they wrap a home-and-home series with the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Philadelphia scored five times in the third period on Thursday, erasing deficits of 3-0 and 4-2 to best Columbus. Claude Giroux notched two assists before scoring the final two goals of the 5-4 win.

Giroux scored twice in a 2:08 span, tying the game when he put home a rebound before notching his 100th career goal with 1:38 left on the clock. The highlight-reel tally saw the forward whip home a backhander top shelf with his back to the net.

"It's just that kind of game when you get the bounces. Sometimes you don't get the bounces but we got them this time," said Giroux when asked if this was the kind of game where more was expected of a team captain.

Giroux has four goals and six assists over a five-game point streak, while forward and former Blue Jacket Jakub Voracek has six goals and four assists over a six-game run. He scored and assisted on two others in Thursday's win, which pushed the Flyers to 3-0-1 in their last four.

Braydon Coburn and Erik Gustafsson also scored in the third period and Steve Mason made 25 saves in facing his former club for the first time.

"Yeah it was not exactly how I drew it up on the board but you know sometimes your team comes through for you and that feels great," Mason admitted.

The netminder was a third-round draft pick by Columbus in 2006 and spent his first four-plus seasons in the NHL with the Blue Jackets before getting dealt to Philadelphia in April of this year. The 25-year-old had his best season in Columbus as a rookie in 2008-09, when he won the Calder Trophy and led the Blue Jackets to their one and only playoff appearance.

It is unknown if Mason will get the start tonight in his return to Columbus or if Ray Emery will get the call in net. Emery is 3-0-1 with a 2.56 goals against average in his career versus the Jackets.

Cam Atkinson, Jack Skille and Nick Foligno tallied for the Blue Jackets, who have lost three straight, while Curtis McElhinney yielded five goals on 39 shots faced.

"I'm extremely disappointed in how we mismanaged the game," said Columbus head coach Todd Richards. "We should be angry and upset after this. At least I hope our players are."

Richards could have some reinforcements tonight as both forward Marian Gaborik and defenseman James Wisniewski may return from injury.

Gaborik, who has five goals and 11 points in 17 games this season, has not played since Nov. 14 due to a sprained left knee, while Wisniewski has missed the last six with an upper-body injury.

McElhinney, meanwhile, is expected to get the start after falling to 1-1-0 with a 3.54 GAA in two starts versus the Flyers.

Columbus fell to 0-5-0 with a tie all-time in Philadelphia and is 2-2-0 with a pair of ties in franchise history when facing the Flyers at home.

12/21 11:26:45 ET

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Thursday, April 24Full Scoreboard
Boston 4/24 8:00 PM ET
Detroit NBCSN, TSN, NESN, FSN-DET
Eastern Conference Quarterfinals, Game Four. Boston leads series, 2-1.
Colorado 4/24 9:30 PM ET
Minnesota CNBC, TSN2, Alt, FSN-N,WI
Western Conference Quarterfinals, Game Four. Colorado leads series, 2-1.
San Jose 4/24 10:30 PM ET
Los Angeles NBCSN, CBC, FSN-W, CSN-CA
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Standings

2013 - 2014 NHL Eastern Conference Standings
 
Atlantic Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
p-Boston 54 19 9 117 261 177 31-7-3 23-12-6 18-9-3
x-Tampa Bay 46 27 9 101 240 215 25-10-6 21-17-3 19-8-3
x-Montreal 46 28 8 100 215 204 23-13-5 23-15-3 18-8-4
x-Detroit 39 28 15 93 222 230 18-13-10 21-15-5 17-8-5
Ottawa 37 31 14 88 236 265 18-17-6 19-14-8 14-9-7
Toronto 38 36 8 84 231 256 24-16-1 14-20-7 14-13-3
Florida 29 45 8 66 196 268 16-20-5 13-25-3 13-16-1
Buffalo 21 51 10 52 157 248 13-21-7 8-30-3 7-18-5
 
Metropolitan Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Pittsburgh 51 24 7 109 249 207 28-9-4 23-15-3 20-8-2
x-NY Rangers 45 31 6 96 218 193 20-17-4 25-14-2 16-11-3
x-Philadelphia 42 30 10 94 236 235 24-14-3 18-16-7 15-11-4
x-Columbus 43 32 7 93 231 216 22-15-4 21-17-3 16-13-1
Washington 38 30 14 90 235 240 21-13-7 17-17-7 12-15-3
New Jersey 35 29 18 88 197 208 21-11-9 14-18-9 16-9-5
Carolina 36 35 11 83 207 230 18-17-6 18-18-5 15-13-2
NY Islanders 34 37 11 79 225 267 13-19-9 21-18-2 10-16-4
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
2013 - 2014 NHL Western Conference Standings
 
Central Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Colorado 52 22 8 112 250 220 26-11-4 26-11-4 19-6-3
x-St. Louis 52 23 7 111 248 191 28-9-4 24-14-3 21-6-2
x-Chicago 46 21 15 107 267 220 27-7-7 19-14-8 13-13-3
x-Minnesota 43 27 12 98 207 206 26-10-5 17-17-7 14-12-3
x-Dallas 40 31 11 91 235 228 23-11-7 17-20-4 13-11-5
Nashville 38 32 12 88 216 242 19-17-5 19-15-7 12-13-4
Winnipeg 37 35 10 84 227 237 18-17-6 19-18-4 9-15-5
 
Pacific Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
z-Anaheim 54 20 8 116 266 209 29-8-4 25-12-4 22-4-3
x-San Jose 51 22 9 111 249 200 29-7-5 22-15-4 18-7-3
x-Los Angeles 46 28 8 100 206 174 23-14-4 23-14-4 16-10-3
Phoenix 37 30 15 89 216 231 22-14-5 15-16-10 14-9-6
Vancouver 36 35 11 83 196 223 20-15-6 16-20-5 12-13-4
Calgary 35 40 7 77 209 241 19-19-3 16-21-4 11-15-3
Edmonton 29 44 9 67 203 270 16-22-3 13-22-6 8-17-4
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
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