Philadelphia, PA (SportsNetwork.com) – Claude Giroux and Jakub Voracek picked
up two assists apiece and four different players registered goals, as
Philadelphia doubled up Columbus, 4-2, on Saturday.
Brayden Schenn, Mark Streit, Wayne Simmonds and Braydon Coburn tallied once
each for the Flyers, who put a season-worst four-game losing streak to rest.
Steve Mason earned his first win since Nov. 8 with 20 saves.
Boone Jenner and Matt Calvert scored for the Blue Jackets, who have lost three
in a row. Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 33 shots in the setback.
Though the Flyers couldn’t click with 16 seconds of 5-on-3 time late in the
second, Simmonds slammed home a Voracek rebound at the left post during the 5-
on-4 which provided the hosts with a two-goal advantage with 4:43 left prior
to the game’s final intermission.
Calvert knocked in a cross-ice Jack Skille pass from the doorstep and the
Jackets pulled within a goal at 2:06 of the third.
But Coburn ripped a low, unscreened shot from the point through Bobrovsky’s
pads at 3:18 for his first goal of the season and Philly regained its two-goal
edge which was protected through the end of regulation.
The hosts hit the scoreboard just 2:37 after puck drop, as a shot from the
right-wing boards by Voracek caromed off a three-person scrum in front, hit
the far post and slid home. Schenn, who was sandwiched between two Columbus
defenders, was credited with the marker.
Jenner tied the game at 4:36, shortly into a Matt Read hooking minor. Although
play was whistled dead when the puck exited the net, a brief review determined
the goal should stand after revealing the shot hit the back brace under the
Columbus failed to get a shot on net despite a 2-on-0 break against Mason as
the clock ticked down to eight minutes left in the period, and a short time
later Streit gave the hosts the lead again by swatting in his own rebound from
the right side.
Giroux finished the game an amazing 23-of-28 on faceoffs, winning 10 of his 11
draws in the defensive zone … Streit recorded goals in back-to-back games
first time all season, and for first time since Feb. 3-6 … Coburn picked up
his first goal since Mar. 8 vs. Toronto and notched his first multi-point
effort since Mar. 2 against the Capitals … Voracek, who leads the NHL with
22 assists and 29 points, has earned at least one point in 17 of
Philadelphia’s 19 games … Jenner’s power-play goal was the ninth given up by
Flyers penalty killers in their last 17 short-handed situations to that point,
but Columbus failed on its next two man advantages.