Raffl scores, Gostisbehere shines, but Flyers see winning streak snapped with 4-1 loss to Blue Jackets

Updated: December 5, 2015 at 11:53 pm by Brady Trettenero

All good things must come to an end.

Michael Raffl scored and Shayne Gostisbehere continued to shine, but there wasn’t much else, as the Philadelphia Flyers saw their four-game winning streak snapped with a 4-1 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets Saturday night at the Wells Fargo Center.

Nick Foligno scored twice and added an assist, while former Flyer Scott Hartnell had three points for the Blue Jackets.

Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 27 of 28 shots in goal for Columbus, while Steve Mason turned away 30 of 34 shots in the Flyers crease.

With the loss, the Flyers drop to 11-11-5 on the season

Despite having won four straight games, the Flyers came out with no energy Saturday and had one of their worst periods of the season.

The Flyers were outshot 13-4 in the opening frame and 34-28 on the night. Foligno opened the scoring 8:55 into the period when he converted on a cross-ice pass from Alex Wennberg. Wennberg sent a pass across to Foligno, who fired the puck over Mason from the high circle to give the Blue Jackets a 1-0 lead.

Jack Johnson added to the Columbus lead five minutes later on a fluky play. The defenseman put the puck on net from the blueline and it was accidentally deflected by Flyers’ forward Scott Laughton past Mason.

The Flyers appeared to start the comeback early in the second period after Raffl got the home team on the board. Gostisbehere started the play, collecting the puck in his own end and tearing up ice. Ghost sent the puck to Brayden Schenn at the Columbus blueline before driving hard to the net. Schenn opted to make the cross-ice pass to Raffl, who tipped the shot past Bobrovsky to make it a 2-1 lead 4:49 into the second.

Unfortunately, that was all the Flyers could muster in the middle frame. Foligno made it 3-1 with a wicked shot midway through the frame, before Hartnell made it 4-1 after he tipped in a shot from Wennberg on a late-period power play.

Scott Laughton had a glorious chance to cut into the lead late in the period. There was a loose puck in the Columbus crease sitting in front of an empty goal, but Laughton, who was awkwardly positioned, couldn’t corral it into the goal cage.

The Flyers couldn’t get anything by Bobrovsky in the final period. The former Flyer goaltender stopped all 11 shots he faced, including making a ridiculous toe save on Matt Read.

Luke Schenn left the game with 4:05 remaining after he collided with Blue Jackets forward Michael Chaput. Schenn had to be helped off the ice and appeared to be favoring his left leg.

Key Stats/ Takeaways

  • Gostisbehere was terrific despite the loss. His fantastic skating was on display and he showed off with a couple spin-o-ramas. The 22-year-old extended his point streak to three games with an assist on the Raffl goal and now has a point in six of his last seven games
  • While the recently hot Giroux was held off the scoresheet, he showed great awareness in the third period after he was punched by Dennis Savard and didn’t retaliate, leading to a Flyers power play
  • Raffl’s goal was just his second of the season and his first in 15 games
  • Brayden Schenn initiated a fight with Michael Chaput in the third period after the Jackets’ forward injured his brother on a previous play. Schenn landed a few good punches. Brayden also made a slick pass to Raffl on the Flyers’ lone goal

The Highlight Reel

(The best Flyers Gostisbehere GIFS from the game)

Gostisbehere rush leads to the Flyers only goal on the night

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Raffl finishes

Ghost Bear breaking ankles

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Down 4-1 and Gostisbehere trying to rally the bench for the third period

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One-man show

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Brayden Schenn fight

#PlayBoldly

(The best tweets sent out during the game)

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Hartnell back in CBJ lineup

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Good stuff

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Raffl gets the Flyers on the board!

Gostisbehere winning over the fans

Capture This

(The best photos from the game)

Warmup

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Mason with the kick save

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Hoping for the best for Luke Schenn

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We’re a little short on pictures from tonight

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NEXT UP: Flyers vs. Islanders, Tuesday December 8, 7:00 PM, Wells Fargo Center

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