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January 3, 2004 | Daily News Wire Services
Marc Denis made sure Gerard Gallant's coaching debut was a success. Denis made 37 saves to help Columbus beat host Tampa Bay yesterday, 2-0, in Gallant's first game as the Blue Jackets' interim head coach. "From 11 o'clock yesterday morning until before the puck dropped, I was nervous," Gallant said. "I was butterflied and I was a little scared. It was really good to get the puck dropped and get the game going because that's what I enjoy most about hockey is the game itself and it went real well.
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December 9, 2000 | Daily News Wire Services
The puck bounced Geoff Sanderson's way. Sanderson scored with 8.6 seconds left to give Columbus its first overtime victory as the expansion Blue Jackets beat the visiting Boston Bruins, 3-2, last night. "Their defense was a little nervous to step up there because the puck was kind of bouncing," Sanderson said after his team-leading ninth goal. "They ended up backing off. " Steve Heinze was streaking down the middle and cut to the corner as Sanderson swooped in from the left wing and cut across the slot.
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December 21, 2015 | By Sam Carchidi, Staff Writer
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Flyers salvaged a point with a third-period comeback, but their losing streak at Nationwide Arena grew on Saturday night. Columbus goalie Joonas Korpisalo, making his third career start, outdueled Steve Mason in a shootout as the Blue Jackets prevailed, 3-2. Mason made 35 saves and was outstanding during the 65 minutes. Brandon Dubinsky, involved in a controversial play earlier in the game, scored the winner in the sixth round of the shootout, beating Mason to the glove side.
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February 19, 2015 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
For the Flyers, the Great Playoff Push was stalled Tuesday night by an old nemesis, Columbus. Despite getting outshot by 44-25, Columbus ended the Flyers' nine-game points streak with a 5-2 win at the Wells Fargo Center. It was the Flyers' first regulation loss since Jan. 9 against the New York Islanders. Columbus, which won four of five games against the Flyers this season, took a 3-2 lead midway through the third period when Matt Calvert finished off a tic-tac-toe passing play after a Vinny Lecavalier turnover.
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December 23, 2013 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
COLUMBUS, Ohio - It took the Flyers nearly three months to climb over the .500 mark. It took them two nights to get knocked from their "perch. " Columbus, rebounding from its late-game collapse two nights earlier at the Wells Fargo Center, scored a pair of third-period goals 2 minutes, 3 seconds apart Saturday night, snapping a 2-2 tie en route to a 6-3 victory over the Flyers at Nationwide Arena. David Savard sent a point drive past screened goalie Ray Emery with 16:24 left in regulation to give the Blue Jackets a 3-2 lead.
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December 16, 2009 | Daily News Wire Services
Expectations have changed since the Minnesota Wild's 1-6 start. Instead of being excited following Marek Zidlicky's winning goal in a 2-1 victory over visiting Columbus last night, the Wild were relieved. They were glad for the win, but were disappointed by two lackluster periods following a flurry of chances in the first. "I don't think too many guys are happy with the way we played," Wild coach Todd Richards said. "We're happy we won, but I'm leaving the rink tonight not feeling great.
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October 29, 2005 | Daily News Wire Services
Trevor Letowski has changed his opinion about shootouts. Letowski scored in the fifth sudden-death shootout round - the NHL's longest tiebreaker this season - to give Martin Prusek and host Columbus a 2-1 victory over Minnesota last night. "I'm a pretty big fan of them now," Letowski said with a big grin. "I had the goose bumps going. To be out there all by yourself, when all eyes are on you, is quite a feeling. It's pretty exciting. It's nice to shoot when you have a chance to win it. " Adam Foote scored in the final minute of regulation to force overtime - his second pivotal, late goal in as many games.
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April 5, 2014 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
After he was named the game's second star Thursday night, former Flyers goalie Sergei Bobrovsky skated onto the Wells Fargo Center ice, waved his stick to the fans, and saluted them by clapping his hands and pointing. "I appreciate this organization and the fans - it was a huge two years here for me," Bobrovsky said after leading close-checking Columbus to a critical 2-0 win over the Flyers. "I wanted to thank them. " Since the Flyers sent him to Columbus two seasons ago, Bobrovsky has won the Vezina Trophy as the league's top goalie and starred for Russia in this year's Olympics.
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November 5, 2011 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
In a roundabout way, Flyers winger Jakub Voracek had two words for his former team after Thursday's practice in Voorhees: Goodbye, Columbus. Voracek, chastised by his Columbus coach last season, will face his former teammates when the Flyers (7-4-2) meet the struggling Blue Jackets (2-10-1) Saturday night at the Wells Fargo Center. Last summer, Voracek, 22, and a first-round draft pick - it turned out to be Sean Couturier - were acquired in the blockbuster deal that sent high-scoring center Jeff Carter to the Blue Jackets.
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November 16, 2014 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
Columbus left winger Scott Hartnell returned to the Wells Fargo Center on Friday night, and he and his teammates interrupted the good mojo the Flyers had built recently in his old home. Blue Jackets 4, Flyers 3. To borrow a Richie Ashburn-ism: "Hard to believe, Harry. " Columbus was missing eight regulars - including goalie Sergei Bobrovsky - and had entered the night on a franchise-record-tying nine-game losing skid. But Nick Foligno and James Wisniewski each scored a pair of goals, and Ryan Johansen had four assists as Columbus snapped the Flyers' three-game winning streak.
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April 11, 2016 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
The mistake that could have kept the Flyers out of the playoffs has been weighing on Wayne Simmonds' mind for more than 21/2 weeks. It happened on March 22, in Columbus against the Blue Jackets, with the Flyers leading by two goals and on a power play, with less than two minutes left in regulation, with Simmonds in possession of the puck in his team's defensive zone. He had what he described Saturday as a "brain fart. " He thought he could ice the puck, to kill time, without stopping play.
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March 25, 2016 | By Sam Carchidi, STAFF WRITER
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Flyers' last 10 games will determine the magnitude of Tuesday's hard-to-believe loss in Columbus. If they overcome that 3-2 shootout defeat and earn a playoff berth, it will be mentioned as just another hurdle that the resilient team cleared. If it costs them a playoff spot, it will be remembered as the most devastating loss of the season, a meltdown for the ages.  With its goalie pulled, Columbus scored two goals in the final 64 seconds of regulation and won in the dreaded shootout.
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March 24, 2016 | By Sam Carchidi, STAFF WRITER
COLUMBUS, Ohio - If the Flyers miss the playoffs, Tuesday's late-game collapse may be the reason. Boone Jenner's goal in the fifth round of the shootout gave Columbus a stunning 3-2 win at Nationwide Arena. Columbus scored two goals in the final 1 minute, 4 seconds - both with goalie Sergei Bobrovsky pulled for an extra skater - to tie the score at 2-2 and send it into overtime. "We gave away the extra point," said goalie Steve Mason, who made a career-high 51 saves and nearly stole a win on a night when most of his teammates seemed a step slow.
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March 7, 2016 | By Marc Narducci, Staff Writer
After the Flyers' dispiriting 4-0 loss on Thursday to the Edmonton Oilers, the team needed an offensive lift. Who would have thought that defenseman Radko Gudas would provide it? Not exactly a scoring machine, Gudas totaled six points in his first 57 games before adding four on two goals and two assists as the Flyers routed the Columbus Blue Jackets, 6-0, on Saturday night at the Wells Fargo Center. The Flyers are now just three points behind Pittsburgh for the second Eastern Conference wild-card spot, with both teams having 18 games remaining.
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December 21, 2015 | By Sam Carchidi, Staff Writer
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Flyers salvaged a point with a third-period comeback, but their losing streak at Nationwide Arena grew on Saturday night. Columbus goalie Joonas Korpisalo, making his third career start, outdueled Steve Mason in a shootout as the Blue Jackets prevailed, 3-2. Mason made 35 saves and was outstanding during the 65 minutes. Brandon Dubinsky, involved in a controversial play earlier in the game, scored the winner in the sixth round of the shootout, beating Mason to the glove side.
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December 20, 2015 | By Sam Carchidi, STAFF WRITER
The Flyers have recently discovered a way to win close games. "I think it is just trusting each other out there and being more confident," center Sean Couturier said. "We are getting more comfortable in those games. We aren't getting as frustrated as maybe we used to. When we're composed and in control of ourselves, we play better. " Excluding empty-netters that made the final margin a two-goal difference, the Flyers are 6-2 in one-goal games since Nov. 27. Overall, they will take a 7-2-1 run into Saturday night's game in Columbus, a team that handed them a 4-1 loss Dec. 5. "Lately, we are trusting each other, playing the system the right way and we're getting good results," said Couturier, whose surging team (14-12-6)
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December 7, 2015 | By Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
Columbus head coach John Tortorella said he did not have to say a word to Scott Hartnell after he benched the former Flyers winger on Friday night. Tortorella posted the Blue Jackets lineup sheet on the wall of their Wells Fargo Center dressing room before Saturday's game against the Flyers. Hartnell was back in. The coach's message was delivered. "He was pissed that he sat out," Tortorella said. "When I first came here, he was our most effective player. With his personality, with his work habit, everything about him was the way that we wanted to play.
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December 7, 2015 | By Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
Steve Mason turned to his left and then to his right as the goal lamp flashed behind him. It was as if the Flyers goalie could not believe Nick Foligno's second-period shot had zipped past him and into the net during a 4-1 loss to Columbus on Saturday night. The crowd at the Wells Fargo Center booed as Foligno celebrated his second goal of the game. The Flyers four-game winning streak ended in dismal fashion. Mason allowed four goals, and the Flyers were outshot, 34-28. The team's lone score was a second-period goal by Michael Raffl.
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March 12, 2015 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
R.J. UMBERGER ran his fingers through his hair and sighed. After he had struggled through 67 games this season, coach Craig Berube's patience ran out. He was a healthy scratch last night for the first time this season. That it's been a tough year is an understatement, Umberger saying he's been bothered "more than anyone knows. " Umberger, 32, has nine goals and six assists for a career-worst 15 points. He collected more points than that (18) in a subpar, 48-game, lockout-shortened season in 2012-13.
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February 19, 2015 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
VINNY LECAVALIER hunched over and put his stick over his knees, slowly making his way to the bench with 19,082 groaning at his egregious turnover, which ended up in the back of the net. Roger Neilson would've had a field day with the Zapruder-like video. A brilliant save by Ray Emery landed on Lecavalier's stick on the half-wall, moving up the ice. Lecavalier shoveled the puck on his backhand, thinking Pierre-Edouard Bellemare was curling toward him. He never even lifted his head.
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