The Flyers trailing the majority of the second until two late goals in the period from Wayne Simmonds and Michael Del Zotto. The Wayne Train batted down a Michael Del Zotto shot with his stick just low enough to not get called for high sticking for his 22nd of the year. MDZ tied it with 52 seconds left by taking advantage of traffic in front of Columbus goalie Curtis McElhinney and rocketing a slap shot past most of the defense. That was as close as the Flyers would get to winning this game though.
The third period was all Blue Jackets. After Ray Emery made a great series of saves Vinny Lecavalier ended up with control of the puck and promptly passed it to nobody in particular in the center of the ice where it was picked off by Brandon Dubinsky, who found Cam Atkinson in front of the net, who passed it cross crease for Matt Calvert to score the goal that gave Columbus the lead back.
Dubinsky iced it 4 minutes later and Calvert scored his second goal on an empty netter to give the Blue Jackets the 5-2 victory.
The Flyers outshot the Blue Jackets 44-25, but Emery only came up with 20 saves. McElhinney was on something tonight, saving 42 of 44 for .955 save percentage. Had Emery needed pulled it would have been Rob Zepp stepping in, as Anthony Stolarz was loaned back to the Phantoms today. For the record though, this loss wasn't on Emery so much as the porous defense.
Michael Raffl was placed back into the top line with G and Voracek after Brayden Schenn was originally in. Raffl played much better and should stay there for the time being.
The Flyers honored Scott Hartnell tonight and will induct Eric Desjardins into the Flyers Hall of Fame on Thursday when the team takes on Buffalo, who they recently beat 2-1 and could really use a repeat performance against. Puck drop is at 7:00 pm.
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