The Blue Jackets set a new franchise record for wins (44) and total points in a season (94) when they beat the Philadelphia Flyers 4-3, Monday. The Jackets gave up a two-goal lead and allowed Philadelphia eight power plays on the night, but battled through and found a way to get two important points.
Playing without Nick Foligno, who was ill, the Jackets built a 2-0 lead in the first ten minutes of the game off of goals by Sam Gagner and Cam Atkinson. But then, for the second game in a row, the Jackets let their opponents claw back into it.
The Flyers scored three straight goals, before Zach Werenski tied the game with 5:30 to go in the second. His goal came off a set play from a William Karlsson faceoff win and leveled the score before the second intermission.
With the final period being the deciding frame, when the Jackets got just their second power play opportunity of the night, they capitalized.
The second power play unit executed a play designed by assistant coach Brad Larsen to provide the game winner when Seth Jones sent a short pass down to Brandon Saad who fired the puck across the zone to Brandon Dubinsky. The assistant captain scored from the middle of the right circle to make it 4-3.
Cam Atkinson added his second goal of the night on an empty net score with 21 seconds left in regulation.
“These games are never perfect,” John Tortorella said. “A lot of things go on but this team has answered all the time. They lose a game (Saturday) then they find a way to come back and win this one here. I’m really happy with how they went about it in a crazy game.”
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