Blue Jackets 5, Flyers 3: Reaching for the panic button

Updated: March 15, 2018 at 10:43 pm by Brady Trettenero

It took all of 11 seconds for the Flyers to fall behind 2-0.

The Flyers rallied after a rough start, but it wasn’t enough, falling 5-3 to the Columbus Blue Jackets at the Wells Fargo Center on Thursday evening.

Cam Atkinson had a hat trick for the Blue Jackets, who handed Philadelphia its seventh loss in eight games. Columbus moves one point ahead of the New Jersey Devils and into a tie with the Flyers with 81 points for third place in the Metropolitan Division.

Andrew MacDonald had a goal and an assist, while Claude Giroux and Shayne Gostisbehere also scored for the Flyers. Alex Lyon made 18 saves in relief of starting goaltender Petr Mrazek, who was pulled during the second period after allowing four goals on 10 shots.

Giroux took a puck to the face during the second period, but returned to the bench after some stitching minutes later.

Highlights

First Period

Giroux scored on a one-timer at 11:34 of the first period to make it 2-1 after the Blue Jackets scored two early goals in a span of 11 seconds.

Second Period

After Atkinson scored late in the first period to make it 3-1, Gostisbehere struck early in the second period to bring the Flyers back within one.

Atkinson’s second goal of the game gave the Blue Jackets a 4-2 lead at 3:23 of the second period, chasing Mrazek in the process.

MacDonald made it 4-3 with his goal at 12:23 of the second.

Third Period

Atkinson would later add an empty-netter to complete the hat trick.

Statistics

Notes/ Takeaways

  • The Flyers reportedly held a team meeting after their six loss in seven games. Doors were closed a long time and it’s very apparent things need to get turned around — and quickly. The Panthers won against Boston tonight and are now just four points back of the Flyers with three games in hand.
  • Claude Giroux scored the Flyers’ first goal for the third straight game and has now scored 11 goals in his last 18 games. He could very well end up in the Hart Trophy discussion at the end of the season.
  • The Flyers and Blue Jackets are now tied with 81 points in the Metropolitan Division, but the Flyers hold the tiebreaker with one more regulation/overtime victory. Both teams have 11 games remaining.

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