Blue Jackets goalie Curtis McElhinney celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal against the Philadelphia Flyers during the second period at Wells Fargo Center.
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One: This had the intensity of a playoff game … from the second period on. The first period saw the Flyers skating into the Columbus zone with relative ease, although they could not convert any of their chances. The Blue Jackets passing wasn’t the crispest seen this year, but …
Two: Columbus took control of the game on the strength of their penalty kill. This swung the momentum back the other way, with the visitors scoring on the power play. Their passing got better and they were entering Philadelphia’s zone with alacrity.
Three: The third period was a litmus test against a divisional opponent above them in the standings. The Flyers got frustrated, which allowed Columbus to play their game, their way. They played a good third period to close out the game and earn a very valuable two points.