A tough hard fought game against Metro rival, the Philadelphia Flyers, ended in the last minute of overtime. The Flyers came to Columbus Thursday night hoping to continue their push into the playoffs. Coming into Columbus, the Flyers were 15-9-2 since the beginning of 2019.
The Blue Jackets came in with a slight chip on their shoulder considering they were one point behind the third place Pittsburgh Penguins. That being said, there was no time to waste in pushing toward the playoffs.
Coming out with 14 shots in the opening period, the Jackets scored once with Oliver Bjorkstrand’s 13th of the season (Assist: Boone Jenner 19, Josh Anderson 13). It’s players like Bjorkstrand that make the bench players more of a “sleeper” in the opposing teams scouting report. With that goal, Bjorkstrand is on a team leading four-game point scoring streak.
The second period was a slow developing period that the Jackets only accounted for 10 shots and a goal. Artemi Panarin continued his points streak picking up a goal (25) in the period. Third on the team in goals, Artemi Panarin now has a total of 71 points which leads the team.
Tied at 2, the Flyers and Jackets went into the third period firing. Tallying 14 shots on goal, it was win or go home. Scott Harrington scored his second of the campaign as the Jackets gained their first lead in the game. Moments later, Travis Sanheim scored a big goal for the Flyers to send it to overtime.
In overtime, mostly controlled by the Flyers, Sergei Bobrovsky came up huge with crucial saves to keep the game tied. With tired legs, the Jackets came away with the game winner as Artemi Panarin fed Seth Jones his franchise leading 7th game winning overtime goal passing Rick Nash.
The Blue Jackets are on a current five-game home stand of which they now stand 2-1 during this stand. They finish the home stand this weekend with Edmonton on Saturday and Winnipeg on Sunday as part of a back-to-back.