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WATCH: This time, Flyers make late comeback, top Columbus

Dec 19, 2013, 9:47 PM EDT

The Philadelphia Flyers coughed up a 4-1 third period lead in an eventual loss on Sunday. They flipped that script on Thursday, storming back against the Columbus Blue Jackets to win 5-4.

Nick Foligno scored a goal with just 11 seconds left in the second period to give Columbus a 3-0 lead entering the final frame. The Blue Jackets might not strike casual observers as a shutdown team, but they had been lately; the Philadelphia Inquirer’s Sam Carchidi pointed out that Columbus was 36-0-1 entering the third period with a lead, but now they have one regulation loss in that situation.

Claude Giroux (two goals, one assist), Jakub Voracek (one goal, two assists) and Mark Streit (two assists) were the key figures for Philly. The Flyers made it 3-2 before Blake Comeau‘s 4-2 goal 8:35 into the third period. Undaunted, the Flyers scored three goals in about three minutes to win (and not even send the game into OT).

One of Giroux’s two goals was of the mind-bending variety:

While it wasn’t the greatest statistical night for Steve Mason, it seems like he might be heating up a bit again. He’s now won three of his last four games after stumbling a bit to begin the month.

Meanwhile, the Blue Jackets’ frustration must be building, as they’ve lost three games in a row … all by one goal.

  1. phillyphanatic77 - Dec 19, 2013 at 9:51 PM

    The game winning goal was amazing by Giroux. Just an unbelievable 3rd period effort by this team after a disappointing two periods. Hell of a comeback.

    And I’m pretty sure G had two goals and two assists.

  2. dkphilly1122 - Dec 19, 2013 at 10:02 PM

    The top line of G Jake and Raffl is heating up thankfully. 3 goals in 3:02 is just nasty especially to get the win without OT

  3. crispythirteen - Dec 19, 2013 at 10:03 PM

    4 Point night for G, plus the GTG and GWG.

    Starting to look like a Captain!

  4. mcphillthy - Dec 19, 2013 at 10:13 PM

    This is the first time I’ve seen G step up and be a captain. He’s been getting his game back pretty quickly and this Roo that we saw tonight is the Giroux that we need to see every game

  5. jhaegs - Dec 19, 2013 at 10:15 PM

    I think this means they’re “surging” again…

  6. jacketsfan7 - Dec 19, 2013 at 10:17 PM

    As pissed as I am the jackets lost , ya gotta love Claude giroux , sick hands and so clutch
    And for my jackets….4 was not enough

    • phillyphanatic77 - Dec 19, 2013 at 10:31 PM

      To be fair the Jackets were totally undermanned without Gaborik, Bob, and Wisniewski (plus Horton of course) but they still put up a solid effort. Columbus is one of those teams that always manages to stay competitive despite their depth chart. And honestly I couldn’t believe the heart my Flyers showed (especially the captain) bc they haven’t really shown it all year. Saturday’s rematch should be a good one.

  7. sjsharks66 - Dec 19, 2013 at 10:19 PM

    What a comeback! Wow! Props to the Flyers.

  8. malkamania71 - Dec 19, 2013 at 10:31 PM

    Giroux with the goal of the year! How does one even do that.

  9. kastout11 - Dec 20, 2013 at 9:23 AM

    I recall all the heat that G took early in the year. I still believe the hand was bothering him through the first month of the season. As his hand has continued to get healthier, I think we have all seen his play improve, and you cannot say enough about adding Raffl to the top line. Clearly not the best in the world, but now that he is healthy, I think everyone can agree that he is a top 15, if not top 10, player in the world. Even though it was reported that Vinny will be out another 2 or 3 weeks, I hope when he returns, they keep the lines the same, with Raffl on the first line.

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