Flyers top Blue Jackets 4-2, snap 4-game skid
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Brayden Schenn, Mark Streit, Wayne Simmonds and Braydon Coburn all scored for the Philadelphia Flyers, who broke a season-worst, four-game losing streak with a 4-2 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Saturday night.
Jakub Voracek and Claude Giroux both had two assists, and Voracek improved his NHL-leading points total to 29. Giroux notched his 400th NHL point with his first assist. Steve Mason made 20 saves.
Boone Jenner and Matt Calvert scored for the Blue Jackets, who have lost three games in a row. Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 33 shots against his former team. He got the start despite playing through a seven-round shootout loss at Boston on Friday.
During its skid, Philadelphia had allowed the first goal. The Flyers reversed that trend against Columbus.
While screening Bobrovsky, Schenn redirected Voracek's shot past the out-of-position goalie for the game's first goal, 2:37 in. Voracek earned his first assist on the goal.
Less than two minutes later, the Blue Jackets tied it while Philadelphia's Matt Read served a hooking penalty.
Jenner scored his first goal of the season, taking advantage of the Flyers' NHL-worst, penalty-killing unit.
Streit put in the rebound of his own shot at 5:05 of the first, giving the Flyers a 2-1 lead. Giroux picked up his milestone assist on the goal.
Late in the second period, Simmonds snared a flying puck, dropped it at his skates and smacked it past Bobrovsky for a power-play goal. Simmonds had scored only once in his previous seven games.
Columbus got within 3-2 on a wrist shot by Calvert at 17:54 of the third period, but Coburn answered 48 seconds later to make it a two-goal lead again.
NOTES: The Flyers will play seven of their next eight games on the road. ... Flyers coach Craig Berube had seven healthy defensemen for the first time all season, so he dressed all of them against Columbus. ... Jenner's goal gave the Blue Jackets 18 on the power play. They rank second in the league.
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