Foligno’s OT goal gets Blue Jackets back in win column


After going on a historic winning streak that fell just one game short of tying the NHL’s all-time record, the Columbus Blue Jackets were trying to avoid starting a different kind of streak.

A losing streak.

After dropping back-to-back games on Thursday and Saturday to the Capitals and Rangers respectively, the Blue Jackets were able to get back in the win column on Sunday night and avoid a third consecutive loss with a 2-1 win over the Philadelphia Flyers thanks to Nick Foligno‘s overtime goal (featured in the video above).

The win helps them maintain their three-point lead over the Pittsburgh Penguins in the Metropolitan Division and for the best record in the NHL.

It was also not an easy win to get.

After holding a 1-0 lead deep into the third period, the Flyers sent the game to overtime when Brayden Schenn scored his 12th goal of the season with just 16 seconds to play in regulation. That set the stage for Foligno to pick up his 14th goal of the season.

The game also featured a couple of coach’s challenges, one that took away a potential Philadelphia goal early in the game, and another that ended up getting upheld.

Early in the first period the Flyers thought they scored to take a 1-0 lead thanks to an Andrew MacDonald goal. Blue Jackets coach John Tortorella immediately called for the challenge and won it when the on-ice officials determined that Michael Raffl had interfered with Blue Jackets goalie Sergei Bobrovsky.

The Flyers tried to return the favor when David Savard scored midway through the second period to give the Blue Jackets a 1-0 lead, only to have the officials determine that “the position of Columbus’ Josh Anderson did not by itself impact Mason’s ability to play his position in the crease.”