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NHL Game Summary - Columbus at Philadelphia



(Thursday, December 19th)

Final Score: Philadelphia 5, Columbus 4

Philadelphia, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - Claude Giroux scored the tying and winning goals in a 2:08 span to cap a five-goal third period which sent Philadelphia to a 5-4 win over Columbus in the opener of a home-and-home set.

"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.

Jakub Voracek, Braydon Coburn and Erik Gustafsson also picked up a tally in the frenzied final frame for the Flyers, who earned their eighth straight home victory with a spirited comeback.

Steve Mason faced his former club for the first time and made 25 saves.

"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.

Cam Atkinson, Jack Skille and Nick Foligno tallied for the Blue Jackets, who blew leads of 3-0 and 4-2 to remain winless in six tries at Philadelphia since entering the league for the 2000-01 season.

Curtis McElhinney was victimized five times on 39 shots in defeat.

"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."

These clubs meet in Ohio's capital on Saturday.

Voracek wheeled from behind the net and scored high to the far side at 4:20 of the third and the hosts trailed 3-1. Just over a minute later, Coburn's contested shot from the blue line short-hopped McElhinney before hitting the back of the net.

Columbus re-established a two-goal edge at 8:35. A shot which was deflected into the air might have hit the safety netting, but there was no whistle, and Artem Anisimov chased down the puck and fed in front for Blake Comeau's tally that appeared to give the visitors an iron-clad advantage.

But Gustafsson moved in from the point and converted a Wayne Simmonds rebound to make it 4-3 on a delayed penalty call with 4:39 to play and Giroux followed up to tap a loose puck home at the right post less than a minute later.

A turnaround backhander in tight from the right side gave Giroux 100 career goals and his team a surprising 5-4 edge with 1:38 on the clock.

"I was right in front and I thought he was just going to shoot it back door for a rebound but I saw it in slow motion go into the top corner," said Flyers forward Scott Hartnell. "I was like 'Oh my gosh. That should be top on Sports Center tonight.'"

McElhinney was called to the bench on the next shift, and Matt Read drew a hooking call on a try to the empty net a minute later to derail any comeback hopes.

"We blew an outstanding chance to win a game," said Jackets defenseman Jack Johnson. "I thought we got lucky in the first period to get out of that 1-0, but we played well in the second, set ourselves up for a great opportunity in the third period to win a game on the road. We blew it."

Atkinson fired away from the left wing off a 2-on-1 short-handed break and beat Mason with 4:44 to play in the opening period.

McElhinney had to be on his game while dealing with three Flyers power plays, and he stopped all 14 shots he faced in the first.

Skille ripped a shot past Mason from the right wing off a 2-on-1 break and it was 2-0 for the Blue Jackets at 4:44 of the second. Columbus reached a three- goal margin with 11 seconds showing when a Foligno chance squeezed through Mason's pads and over the goal line.

Game Notes

Thursday marked the first time since March 2, 2010 (7-2 win in Tampa) that Philly scored five goals in the third period ...The Flyers had not won eight straight on home ice since Dec. 9, 2008-Jan. 10, 2009 ... Thanks to a pair of assists, Giroux recorded a season-high four points, which also marked the first time in his career the four points came in a single period ... Despite an apparent upper-body injury suffered on Tuesday on a hit by Tom Wilson of the Washington Capitals, Brayden Schenn returned to the Philly lineup. Wilson was not subjected to supplemental discipline, according to the NHL's department of player safety ... Voracek extended his scoring streak to six games (6G, 4A) ... Atkinson netted his first career short-handed goal in his 97th NHL game ... Columbus tied a single-period season-high with 18 shots in the second.

12/19 23:17:32 ET

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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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