Fly­ers lose to Blue Jack­ets in over­time

Centre Daily Times - - Sports - BY SAM CARCHIDI

PHILADEL­PHIA

The Fly­ers held ’90s Night at the Wells Fargo Cen­ter on Thurs­day, get­ting fans into a nostal­gic mood as they showed video clips or pho­tos of Austin Pow­ers, “Ti­tan­tic,” the Back­street Boys, “Saved by the Bell,” pogs and “Full House,” among oth­ers, on the score­board.

Fly­ers de­fense­man Travis San­heim got into ’90s the act. He came dis­guised as Eric Des­jardins.

Goal­less in 31 games dat­ing back to last sea­son, San­heim jumped into the of­fense and scored two late goals in a 2:05 span to tie the game at 3.

No mat­ter. De­fense­man Seth Jones scored 10 sec­onds into over­time to give Columbus a 4-3 win over the Fly­ers.

A poor “read” by Ivan Provorov al­lowed Jones to be left alone.

The Fly­ers were badly out­played in the first two pe­ri­ods but sal­vaged a point thanks to San­heim’s late hero­ics.

With 5:31 left in reg­u­la­tion, San­heim took a pass from Jake Vo­racek and scored from deep into the right cir­cle, knock­ing a shot off the cross­bar and into the net to knot the game at 3-all.

Just 2:05 ear­lier, he got the Fly­ers to 3-2.

For two-plus pe­ri­ods, the Fly­ers did lit­tle to im­press Chuck Fletcher, watch­ing his first game since he was named the eighth gen­eral man­ager in fran­chise his­tory.

They gen­er­ated few qual­ity scor­ing chances and didn’t get into a rhythm be­cause they com­mit­ted five penal­ties in the first two pe­ri­ods.

En­ter­ing the night, Columbus had won 15 of the last 21 meet­ings against the Fly­ers, in­clud­ing a 6-3 vic­tory in Oc­to­ber.

MATT SLOCUM AP

Columbus’ Seth Jones, left, cel­e­brates with Alexan­der Wennberg af­ter scor­ing in over­time against the Fly­ers.

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