In Philadelphia, the Flyers blanked the Blue Jackets on the second half of a back to back night of game action for this young squad. The final score was 6-0.
The Flyers got two goals in each period, and the best player on the ice last night was defenseman Radko Gudas.
On the Flyers first shot, which came 3:40 into the game, he passed the puck to winger Michael Raffl, who put it in between the legs of Curtis McElhinney to make it 1-0. Raffl's goal was his 9th of the season. Sean Couturier, the first round pick the Jackets gave up for Jeff Carter, got the secondary assist.
With less than ten minutes to go in the first period (11:45), Radko Gudas shoots the puck from 91 feet out, and it goes past McElhinney and into the net, to make it 2-0. The goal was his first as a Flyer. Brandon Manning and Chris VandeVelde had the assists.
In the second period, the Flyers two goals were scored ten seconds apart. First, Sam Gagner (17:13) scored his 6th of the season. Andrew MacDonald and Radko Gudas had the assists.
At 17:23, Claude Giroux scored his 18th goal of the season. Wayne Simmonds and Brayden Schenn had the assists.
In the third, the Flyers scored two goals in 24 seconds.
At 10:03, former Blue Jacket prospect Nick Cousins scored his 4th goal of the season. At 10:27, Radko Gudas scored his second of the game and of the season. Brandon Manning had the lone assist.
Steve Mason was my player to watch, and he shut out his former team, stopping all 19 shots faced (100%).
Columbus was horrendous to watch last night. Besides having good chances early
on in the first period, the Flyers took over the game. The Jackets had bad penalties as they were taking exception to the rough stuff the Flyers were dishing out. Scott Hartnell (my player to watch), Dalton Prout, and Jared Boll were the victims. Cam Atkinson had six shots of the nineteen for Columbus. Curtis McElhinney was victim to the poor play, allowing 6 goals on 36 shots against for a 0.833 save percentage (83.3%).
CBJ Three Stars of the Night
1. Cam Atkinson- 6 SOG
2. Seth Jones
3. Ryan Murray
More to come…