COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Relentless is the word Columbus forward Brandon Dubinsky chose to describe the surging Blue Jackets' style of play.
Dubinsky and Matt Calvert each had a goal and assist to lead Columbus to a team-record eighth-straight win — the longest active streak in the league — with a 5-2 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers on Thursday night in the franchise's 1,000th game.
Jack Johnson, Derek MacKenzie and Nathan Horton also scored for Columbus. The Blue Jackets played their inaugural season in 2000 and has only made the playoffs once, but are finally showing real signs of promise.
"There's a confidence in the room now," coach Todd Richards said. "I think there is an understanding of how we need to play, what we need to do as a group to have success."
The offense has come on of late, but the backbone has been Sergei Bobrovsky, last season's winner of the Vezina Trophy, which goes to the league's top goalie. Bobrovsky finished with 26 saves in his first game against his former club to earn his seventh win in a row since returning from a groin injury.
"It's everybody from Bob all the way out that are contributing," Dubinsky said.
The Blue Jackets closed out the Flyers with four straight goals to improve to a league-best 9-0-1 record in January. They are currently holding an Eastern Conference playoff spot.
"If you look at the standings we are still right there," Dubinsky said. "By no means can we be satisfied. Obviously it's a big accomplishment. We are happy, we are going to enjoy it tonight. We are going to come to work tomorrow and get ready for a tough game."
Brayden Schenn and Vincent Lecavalier scored for the Flyers, playing the second of an unscheduled back-to-back set after a snowstorm in Philadelphia pushed their game, a 3-2 loss to Carolina, to Wednesday. Philadelphia is 2-4-2 since winning 10 of 13.
Coach Craig Berube said the Flyers' recent struggles are because of poor execution inside their blue line.
"It starts in our own end breaking the puck out," he said. "We are not doing a very good job of it. We end up spending too much time in our own end."
Backup Ray Emery got the nod in goal instead of Steve Mason and had 34 stops. Mason, acquired from the Blue Jackets in 2012, played against the Hurricanes and has yet to face his former team in two visits to Columbus.
The home crowd chided the former rookie of the year with chants of "We want Mason!" during the second and third periods.