By Kevin Fortier (@ksfortier)
The Flyers exploded for seven goals last night beating Columbus 7-4 on home ice. It was the Flyers’ third straight victory and game where they scored at least four goals. The Flyers have scored 17 goals during that three-game stretch and have only given up seven.
The Flyers had an early power-play chance in the first period, but Gostisbehere turned the puck over 30 seconds into the initial chance giving Boone Jenner a breakaway opportunity. Ghost then had to take a penalty on to prevent him from scoring.
The Flyers did not get anything going on their second power play chance early in the first, either.
Jake Voracek opened the scoring with a sharp angle goal, left of the net, with a little more than five minutes remaining in the period. JVR had the only assist on the goal. Columbus scored to tie it when Boone Jenner banked a shot off Brian Elliott from behind the Flyers goal line with about 2:30 left in the period. The first ended tied at one.
Columbus went on the power play a minute into the second period and scored shortly after the man advantage expired when Pierre-Luc Dubois beat Elliott in close. Columbus went back on the power play around the five-minute mark, but the Flyers did not allow them to get set up. The Flyers had two breakaways on the kill, but Korpisalo made difficult saves on both to keep the game 2-1 in the Blue Jackets’ favor.
The Flyers tied the game when JVR scored on the power play deflecting a shot by Voracek past Korpisalo with 2:20 left in the period. Ghost picked up the other assist. Columbus retook the lead 30 seconds later when they swarmed Elliott, and Jenner banged a rebound past him making it 3-2 Columbus.
Konecny nearly tied the game when he crashed the net off a rush at the 19:00 mark, but Sonny Milano reached in and stopped the puck from crossing the goal line off Lindblom’s tap in attempt while Korpisalo was flat on his back.
The Flyers controlled most of the play in the second period, outshooting Columbus 18-12, but were unable to capitalize on those chances and went into the second intermission down a goal.
Columbus scored early in the third, making it 4-2 when Anderson banged home a shot by Kukan that rebounded off the boards behind Elliott.
The goal immediately seemed to spark the Flyers, as they turned up the pressure leading to a 4-on-4 goal by Gostisbehere. He blasted a pass from Giroux by Korpisalo at the 11-minute mark of the period.
The Flyers continued pressing and, after a faceoff win, Provorov shot the puck into the crease which JVR deflected by the Columbus net-minder, tying the game.
Columbus went on the power play shortly after and, with Couturier in the box, Kevin Hayes tipped a pass out of the zone and scored on the resulting breakaway. His unassisted short-handed goal gave the Flyers a lead they would not relinquish.
The Flyers killed off the remaining penalty time and, with the goalie pulled, Michael Raffl made it 6-4 with an empty-net goal with 90 seconds left in the game.
With the goalie pulled again Dubois slashed Giroux to stop him from shooting into the empty net with 20 seconds left in the game. Travis Konecny fired the puck by Korpislo to make it 7-4 and end Columbus’s point streak at seven games.
The Flyers outshot Columbus 17 to 5 in the final period.