Hayes' OT goal powers Flyers past Blue Jackets 4-3

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) Kevin Hayes and the Philadelphia Flyers looked at their home-and-home series with Columbus as a chance to jump-start their playoff push.

They are off and running now.

Hayes scored 3:51 into overtime, and the Flyers beat the slumping Blue Jackets 4-3 on Thursday night for their second straight win against another Metropolitan Division contender.

''It's going to be a fun run if we play the right way,'' Hayes said. ''I thought we played the right way the last two games. Four points against a division opponent that was above us and now is beneath us. Two or three weeks ago we were battling just to get in the wild card and now we're battling for home ice.''

The Flyers, who routed the Blue Jackets 5-1 on Tuesday, are in third place in the Metro with 75 points, five behind Pittsburgh and Washington. Columbus has dropped seven in a row, but it has the first wild-card spot, one point ahead of the New York Islanders and Carolina.

Philadelphia trailed 3-1 before Nicolas Aube-Kubel and Claude Giroux scored 1:26 apart in the second period. A scoreless third set up Hayes' 19th goal.

Travis Konecny had a goal and an assist for Philadelphia, which improved to 12-5-2 in its last 19 games dating to Jan. 7. Brian Elliott had 28 saves.

''We had these couple dates circled and now we've got to look ahead and circle a couple more, take care of business when we need to and we'll put ourselves in a good spot,'' Elliott said. ''We want to keep playing. We don't want to sit back and watch other teams play. We want to determine our own destiny.''

It's the longest skid for the Blue Jackets since they started the 2015-16 season 0-8-0.

''I thought we hung in there,'' Columbus coach John Tortorella said. ''We played hard. We found a way to lose it at the end.''

Oliver Bjorkstrand and Nick Foligno each had a goal and an assist for Columbus. Stefan Matteau scored his first goal in more than four years, and Merzlikins had 29 saves.

Bjorkstrand got his team-leading 21st goal 41 seconds into the game. He charged down the right side shadowed by Travis Sanheim and snapped a shot over Elliott from a sharp angle. It wasn't immediately ruled a goal, but a replay showed it crossed the goal line.

Foligno made it 2-0 at 9:05 of the first when he settled a bouncing puck down in front of the net and netted a nifty shot between his legs.

The Flyers responded 23 seconds later. Sanheim's shot deflected in off the skate of Konecny, who was falling in the blue paint.

Matteau, who signed a two-year, two-way contract Wednesday, got his first NHL goal since Dec. 4, 2015, when he redirected a Boone Jenner shot. That made it 3-1 at 3:39 of the second.

Philadelphia came charging back late in the second period. Aube-Kubel connected with a wrist shot from the slot. Then, with Foligno in penalty box, Giroux beat Merzlikins with a rifle shot from the left circle.

''Sometimes some of the (opponents') best chances are going to be right away, and that's kind of how it was tonight,'' Elliott said. ''You just want to stand your ground. We got down 3-1, I thought we did a really good job sticking to the game plan, waiting for our chances and burying them when we got them.''

NOTES: Giroux has four goals and eight assists during his seven-game point streak. ... Foligno, who played in his 900th NHL game, took a hard puck off the side of his head early in the third period but returned after a few minutes. ... The Flyers won the season series over Columbus 3-1. ... Injured Columbus G Joonas Korpisalo has been loaned to the AHL's Cleveland for a rehab assignment.

UP NEXT

Flyers: Host Winnipeg on Saturday.

Blue Jackets: At Nashville on Saturday.

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123OTT
PHI34-20-7
12014
CLB30-19-13
21003
STARS OF THE GAME
SKATERSGA+/-SOGFW/FLPIMTOIHITS
N. Aube-Kubel RW10120/0012:114
C. Bunnaman C00102/2011:050
S. Couturier C01-137/8218:401
J. Farabee LW00-120/0013:160
M. Friedman D00-110/0016:264
C. Giroux C10-169/6020:370
R. Hagg D00-100/0019:464
K. Hayes C11027/5218:063
T. Konecny RW12040/0016:040
S. Laughton LW00029/7016:422
P. Myers D01020/0018:483
M. Niskanen D01020/0021:305
T. Pitlick RW00000/0013:543
I. Provorov D00120/0024:512
M. Raffl LW01100/0010:121
T. Sanheim D01000/0421:081
J. Voracek RW00-130/0017:080
J. van Riemsdyk LW00021/2015:090
SKATERSGA+/-SOGFW/FLPIMTOIHITS
E. Bemstrom RW00-210/0009:170
O. Bjorkstrand RW11240/0021:442
P. Dubois C00138/12022:342
N. Foligno LW11025/5222:172
V. Gavrikov D01-140/0022:051
N. Gerbe LW00-122/1212:434
S. Harrington D00010/0015:260
B. Jenner C01118/7017:482
J. Lilja LW00000/0013:150
S. Matteau RW10140/0012:447
R. Nash C00004/5014:581
M. Nutivaara D02210/0018:231
G. Nyquist LW00030/0020:500
A. Peeke D00020/0015:410
E. Robinson RW00010/0012:591
D. Savard D00-200/0022:365
K. Stenlund RW00-103/5010:380
Z. Werenski D00220/0025:261
GOALIESSAGASVSV%TOI
B. Elliott (W)313280.90363:51
GOALIESSA
B. Elliott (W)31
GOALIESSAGASVSV%TOI
E. Merzlikins (L)334290.87963:51
GOALIESSA
E. Merzlikins (L)33
GOAL Kevin Hayes (Wrist shot), Assists: Travis Konecny and Philippe Myers
PHI:GoalsShots
CLB:GoalsShots
Full Play By Play
GOALS
  • OVERTIME
    • PHI
      03:51GOAL Kevin Hayes (Wrist shot), Assists: Travis Konecny and Philippe Myers
    • 2ND PERIOD
      • PHI
        15:52(PP) GOAL Claude Giroux (Slap shot), Assists: Sean Couturier and Travis Konecny
      • PHI
        14:26GOAL Nicolas Aube-Kubel (Wrist shot), Assists: Michael Raffl and Matt Niskanen
      • CLB
        03:39GOAL Stefan Matteau (Tip-in shot), Assists: Boone Jenner and Markus Nutivaara
    • 1ST PERIOD
      • PHI
        09:28GOAL Travis Konecny , Assists: Travis Sanheim and Kevin Hayes
      • CLB
        09:05GOAL Nick Foligno (Wrist shot), Assists: Oliver Bjorkstrand and Markus Nutivaara
      • CLB
        41.0GOAL Oliver Bjorkstrand (Wrist shot), Assists: Nick Foligno and Vladislav Gavrikov
    PENALTIES
        • 2ND PERIOD
          • PHI
            19:46Kevin Hayes penalty Slashing - 2 min.
          • CLB
            19:13Nathan Gerbe penalty Roughing - 2 min.
          • PHI
            19:13Travis Sanheim penalty Roughing - 2 min.
          • PHI
            19:13Travis Sanheim penalty Cross Checking - 2 min., served by James van Riemsdyk
          • CLB
            15:43Nick Foligno penalty Holding - 2 min.
        • 1ST PERIOD
          • PHI
            15:32Sean Couturier penalty High Sticking - 2 min.
        TEAM STATS
        PHI
        CLB
        Shots on Goal3331
        Goals in Power Play10
        Faceoff Wins3530
        Penalties42
        Major Penalties00
        Minor Penalties42
        Misconducts00
        TEAM STATS
        PHI
        Shots on Goal33
        Goals in Power Play1
        Faceoff Wins35
        Penalties4
        Major Penalties0
        Minor Penalties4
        Misconducts0
        123OTT
        PHI34-20-7
        12014
        CLB30-19-13
        21003
        STARS OF THE GAME
        12.1 %SHOT %9.7 %
        0.903 %SAVE %0.879 %
        SKATERSGA+/-SOGFW/FLPIMTOIHITS
        N. Aube-Kubel RW10120/0012:114
        C. Bunnaman C00102/2011:050
        S. Couturier C01-137/8218:401
        J. Farabee LW00-120/0013:160
        M. Friedman D00-110/0016:264
        C. Giroux C10-169/6020:370
        R. Hagg D00-100/0019:464
        K. Hayes C11027/5218:063
        T. Konecny RW12040/0016:040
        S. Laughton LW00029/7016:422
        P. Myers D01020/0018:483
        M. Niskanen D01020/0021:305
        T. Pitlick RW00000/0013:543
        I. Provorov D00120/0024:512
        M. Raffl LW01100/0010:121
        T. Sanheim D01000/0421:081
        J. Voracek RW00-130/0017:080
        J. van Riemsdyk LW00021/2015:090
        SKATERSGA+/-SOGFW/FLPIMTOIHITS
        E. Bemstrom RW00-210/0009:170
        O. Bjorkstrand RW11240/0021:442
        P. Dubois C00138/12022:342
        N. Foligno LW11025/5222:172
        V. Gavrikov D01-140/0022:051
        N. Gerbe LW00-122/1212:434
        S. Harrington D00010/0015:260
        B. Jenner C01118/7017:482
        J. Lilja LW00000/0013:150
        S. Matteau RW10140/0012:447
        R. Nash C00004/5014:581
        M. Nutivaara D02210/0018:231
        G. Nyquist LW00030/0020:500
        A. Peeke D00020/0015:410
        E. Robinson RW00010/0012:591
        D. Savard D00-200/0022:365
        K. Stenlund RW00-103/5010:380
        Z. Werenski D00220/0025:261
        GOALIESSAGASVSV%TOI
        B. Elliott (W)313280.90363:51
        GOALIESSA
        B. Elliott (W)31
        GOALIESSAGASVSV%TOI
        E. Merzlikins (L)334290.87963:51
        GOALIESSA
        E. Merzlikins (L)33
        STARS OF THE GAME
        123OTT
        PHI34-20-7
        12014
        CLB30-19-13
        21003
        SKATERSGA+/-SOGFW/FLPIMTOIHITS
        N. Aube-Kubel RW10120/0012:114
        C. Bunnaman C00102/2011:050
        S. Couturier C01-137/8218:401
        J. Farabee LW00-120/0013:160
        M. Friedman D00-110/0016:264
        C. Giroux C10-169/6020:370
        R. Hagg D00-100/0019:464
        K. Hayes C11027/5218:063
        T. Konecny RW12040/0016:040
        S. Laughton LW00029/7016:422
        P. Myers D01020/0018:483
        M. Niskanen D01020/0021:305
        T. Pitlick RW00000/0013:543
        I. Provorov D00120/0024:512
        M. Raffl LW01100/0010:121
        T. Sanheim D01000/0421:081
        J. Voracek RW00-130/0017:080
        J. van Riemsdyk LW00021/2015:090
        Total4803335/308-33
        SKATERSGA+/-SOGFW/FLPIMTOIHITS
        E. Bemstrom RW00-210/0009:170
        O. Bjorkstrand RW11240/0021:442
        P. Dubois C00138/12022:342
        N. Foligno LW11025/5222:172
        V. Gavrikov D01-140/0022:051
        N. Gerbe LW00-122/1212:434
        S. Harrington D00010/0015:260
        B. Jenner C01118/7017:482
        J. Lilja LW00000/0013:150
        S. Matteau RW10140/0012:447
        R. Nash C00004/5014:581
        M. Nutivaara D02210/0018:231
        G. Nyquist LW00030/0020:500
        A. Peeke D00020/0015:410
        E. Robinson RW00010/0012:591
        D. Savard D00-200/0022:365
        K. Stenlund RW00-103/5010:380
        Z. Werenski D00220/0025:261
        Total3603130/354-29
        GOALIESSAGASVSV%TOI
        B. Elliott (W)313280.90363:51
        GOALIESSA
        B. Elliott (W)31
        GOALIESSAGASVSV%TOI
        E. Merzlikins (L)334290.87963:51
        GOALIESSA
        E. Merzlikins (L)33
        GOALS
        • OVERTIME
          • 2ND PERIOD
          • 1ST PERIOD
          PENALTIES
              • 2ND PERIOD
              • 1ST PERIOD
              • OVERTIME
              • 3RD PERIOD
              • 2ND PERIOD
              • 1ST PERIOD

              123OTT
              PHI34-20-7
              12014
              CLB30-19-13
              21003
              TEAM STATS
              3.57
              GF AVG
              3.20
              GA AVG
              .74
              Power Play
              3.18
              GF AVG
              3.10
              GA AVG
              .57
              Power Play
              All times are US/Eastern.