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