Johansen's 2 goals help Jackets bounce back, 6-3

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 21, 2013 at 9:58 pm •  Published: December 21, 2013
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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Columbus Blue Jackets learned something from a humiliating defeat two nights earlier.

Ryan Johansen and R.J. Umberger each scored two goals and the Blue Jackets pulled away in the third period to beat the Philadelphia Flyers 6-3 on Saturday night.

The game came 48 hours after the Blue Jackets led 3-0 after two periods and 4-2 with 5 minutes left in Philadelphia, with the Flyers scoring five times in the final period in a 5-4 win.

"(Tonight) we kept going after them," Umberger said. "We didn't sit back. We were on our heels in Philadelphia and they got some momentum. But tonight we just kept rolling."

David Savard had a goal and an assist and Boone Jenner also scored, while Nikita Nikitin and Corey Tropp each had two assists for the Blue Jackets, who said they were embarrassed by the Thursday collapse.

"We didn't play our game (in Philadelphia)," Johansen said. "From the first couple of shifts tonight, we were on. We stuck with it through some adversity — a couple of injuries, a couple of penalties."

Tempering the victory was the loss of Blue Jackets forward Marian Gaborik, who broke a collarbone in the first period and is out indefinitely.

This time the Blue Jackets watched a 2-0 lead vanish in 20 seconds late in the second period, but then took control at the outset of the third.

Savard took a pass from Nikitin at the 3:36 mark, adjusted to avoid a defender and then slid a rising shot from the right point that beat Ray Emery high on the stick side.

Just over 2 minutes later, Savard returned the favor by passing to Nikitin at the left point. His shot, with the Flyers slow to flow back into position, was redirected by Jenner in the slot to push the lead to two.

"Obviously, we've got to be better defensively," said Flyers captain Claude Giroux, who had two of his club's late goals at Wells Fargo Arena.

Johansen, who had opened the scoring, then flicked a wrister past Emery on a 2-on-1 break to make it 5-2 with 7:38 left. Umberger then added an empty-netter.

"It was a gutsy win, for a lot of reasons," said coach Todd Richards. "You go back to Thursday night and how we lost that game. Tonight we gave up two quick goals as the second period ended, were missing two key elements of our team (forward Matt Calvert also had his arm in a sling after the game) so we were playing short-handed, and we gave up five power plays. And we still came out and won."

Curtis McElhinney, victimized for all the goals on Thursday night, made the lead stand up with 33 saves.



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