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Travis Konecny shines, Claude Giroux sets franchise power-play assists record as Flyers rout Blue Jackets

Sam Carchidi, The Philadelphia Inquirer on

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PHILADELPHIA -- The Flyers continued their (rare) mastery of the Columbus Blue Jackets and, as a result, climbed into third place in the Metropolitan Division on Tuesday night.

Travis Konecny had a goal and two assists and Claude Giroux set a franchise record for career power-play assists as the Flyers won their third straight over injury-riddled Columbus for the first time in their history, whipping the Blue Jackets, 5-1, at the Wells Fargo Center.

Carter Hart had 28 saves for the Flyers, who entered the night in the second wild-card spot but moved past Columbus and the New York Islanders.

"It was a must-win game for both teams," winger Michael Raffl said after the Flyers handed the Jackets their sixth straight defeat.

The Flyers, 3-0 against the Blue Jackets this season, play in Columbus on Thursday.

Besides Konecny, Kevin Hayes, Sean Couturier, Phil Myers and Jake Voracek scored for the Flyers, who had five goals on just 15 shots.

 

With 16 minutes, 20 seconds left in the third, Konecny tipped in Robert Hagg's drive to give the Flyers a 4-1 lead. It gave Konecny 20 goals and a career-high 50 points. He later added his 51st point by setting up Voracek's power-play goal.

Giroux helped set up Voracek's goal with a pass from his knees. It gave him 235 career power-play assists, one more than Bobby Clarke and the most in franchise history.

After Konecny's goal, Elvis (Merzlikins) left the building. Or at least the Columbus net.

The Columbus goalie was replaced by Matiss Kivlenieks.

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