The Flyers enjoyed 1-0 and 3-1 leads thanks to Wayne Simmonds, who scored his 20th and 21st goals this season.
He wouldn’t end up being the hero tonight though as Jared Boll managed to find the back of the net for the first time since Nov. 12, 2013.
That turned the tide in favor of Columbus. Cam Atkinson tied the contest with 4:40 left in the third frame and then Artem Anisimov provided the overtime winner. It was the first time this season that Columbus successfully staged a comeback after trailing through 40 minutes.
“It was nice to finally get on the board, but it feels even better to win,” Boll said, per the team’s Twitter feed.
The Flyers have still managed to secure at least a point in eight straight contests, but losing back-to-back games in overtime has to sting given how much ground they have to cover in the playoff race. Philadelphia is six points behind Boston in the battle for the second Wild Card spot, but has participated in one extra contest. The Bruins are playing against Vancouver tonight.
Scott Hartnell played in his 1,000th career NHL game on Monday and the Columbus Blue Jackets chose to celebrate that accomplishment prior to tonight’s contest. The timing worked out nicely as the Philadelphia Flyers were able to witness the event before facing their former teammate.
Hartnell, 32, played in 517 games with Nashville and another 436 with the Flyers. Along the way he reached the 30-goal mark twice and aided Philadelphia in its 2009-10 run to the Stanley Cup Final.
He inked a six-year, $28.5 million contract extension with Philadelphia back in 2012, but the team dealt him to Columbus over the summer in exchange for R.J. Umberger and a 2015 fourth round selection.
Hartnell went into tonight’s game with 13 goals, 34 points, and 69 penalty minutes in 47 contests this season.