Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Philadelphia Flyers - 12/21/13
Philadelphia Flyers (16-15-4) at Columbus Blue Jackets (14-17-4)
NHL Hockey: Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 7:00 pm (Nationwide Arena)
The Line: Columbus Blue Jackets -126 / Philadelphia Flyers +114 --- Over/Under: 5.5 See the Latest Odds
The Philadelphia Flyers and Columbus Blue Jackets meet for the second time in three days and it's got to be hard for the Blue Jackets to look at those Philadelphia jerseys so soon after that third period performance on Thursday night. It was a collapse of epic proportions for Columbus who somehow found a way to blow a 3-0 lead in the third period and surrender five Flyers goals in the 5-4 loss. Nick Foligno's 10th goal of the year came with under 10 seconds remaining in the second period and gave Columbus a lead that should have been good enough to get them two points. Instead the Flyers came out strong in the third and never let up until they found their way to a victory. Jakub Voracek and Braydon Coburn got Philadelphia within a goal but Blake Comeau's goal looked like it would be the nail in the coffin as it put the Blue Jackets up by two once again. Erik Gustafsson got the crowd and his teammates believing again with his second goal of the season to cut the deficit to a goal and less than a minute later it was Claude Giroux who beat Curtis McElhinney with a wrist shot to even the game at 4-4. Giroux would beat McElhinney again with a backhander with under two minutes to play to lift the Flyers to the incredible 5-4 victory. Steve Mason didn't have his best game in this one but managed to give his team a chance to come back and win. Mason finished the night with 25 saves and picked up his 13th win of the season. The two teams will get back at it again on Saturday night in Columbus and you knwo the Blue Jackets will be looking to wash that sour taste out of their mouth. This is one that Columbus desperately needs because that type of loss on Thursday could really lead to a bad streak if they don't get back on the winning side of things quickly.
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