|Date of game: 12/9/2014
Recap: Columbus vs. Philadelphia
Columbus, OH (SportsNetwork.com) - A pair of former Philadelphia players teamed up to help the Blue Jackets win on Tuesday night.
Scott Hartnell scored a power-play goal in the second period and Sergei Bobrovsky came up with 19 stops as Columbus claimed a 3-2 decision over the Flyers at Nationwide Arena.
Kevin Connauton actually ended the contest at the 1:58 mark of overtime, breaking in alone and lifting a wrister under the crossbar off a feed from Ryan Johansen.
The hosts were close to picking up two points while not allowing their opponents to take one away.
Controversy erupted with 55.3 seconds to go, as a deflection from Brayden Schenn of a point shot slipped through Bobrovsky. Although referee Dave Jackson emphatically shook his head and raised his arms to stop play, televised replays revealed the puck was clearly over the line.
Further review quickly confirmed the marker and the game headed to overtime.
Boone Jenner also lit the lamp for the Blue Jackets, winners of a season-high four straight games.
"We're gaining some confidence," Blue Jackets head coach Todd Richards said. "When you're winning games, you feel like you're going to win."
Schenn posted both scores for the Flyers, who finished up a five-game cross- country road trip at 1-2-2. Steve Mason halted 21 pucks in defeat, three days after his 37-save effort in Los Angeles allowed his club to pick up their lone win on the trip.
"We're a better team that this," Flyers forward Claude Giroux said. "We let a point get away."
Jenner produced the game's first goal at the 12:34 mark of the first period, just 37 seconds into a Zac Rinaldo interference call, by picking up his own blocked pass and scoring from the right post. That pushed Columbus' power-play prowess against Philly to 5-for-8 in two-plus contests.
The Flyers got one back on their initial advantage, as Giroux slipped a puck into a seam off the rush and Schenn one-timed it home from the high slot at 17:53.
A scramble in front of Mason resulted in Hartnell's turnaround backhander from atop the crease for another Blue Jackets' power-play goal and a 2-1 lead at 10:39.
Bobrovsky was quick to halt a Michael Raffl deflection with just over two minutes remaining in regulation, and Mason was called to the bench with 1:53 left for an extra attacker.Game Notes
Jenner has scored in a personal best and team-high four consecutive games ...
Blue Jackets forward Brandon Dubinsky was activated from injured reserve
earlier on Tuesday, and made his season debut after missing 26 games due to
recovery from abdominal surgery ... Columbus improved its power-play numbers
against Philadelphia to six goals in 11 attempts over three meetings ...
Flyers forward R.J. Umberger, traded for Hartnell in the offseason,
participated in his 700th NHL game ... Schenn's initial score was his first
goal since Nov. 22, and he recorded his second multi-goal effort after a
similar feat on Nov. 15.