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Connauton’s 1st goal lifts Blue Jackets in OT, 3-2

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Kevin Connauton scored his first goal of the season off a lead pass from Ryan Johansen at 1:58 of overtime to lift the Columbus Blue Jackets past the Philadelphia Flyers 3-2 on Tuesday night for their fourth straight win.

Johansen took a drop pass and waited for Connauton to slip past Matt Read. He then fed a pass to Connauton for the high shot that beat Steve Mason.

Boone Jenner scored in his career-best fourth straight game, and Scott Hartnell also had a goal. Sergei Bobrovsky made 19 saves.

Brayden Schenn had both goals for the Flyers, including one after a video review with 55.3 seconds left in the third period. Mason stopped 21 shots.

With the Flyers trailing 2-1, former Columbus forward Jakub Voracek’s shot from the point deflected off Schenn in the crease and trickled through Bobrovsky’s pads. The on-ice call of no goal was overturned.

Columbus’ longest winning streak of the season follows a six-game skid that was part of a 2-13-2 stretch.

Connauton played his seventh game since being picked up off waivers from Dallas on Nov. 18.

The Flyers, playing the last of a five-game, 11-day trip, have had lost 10 of 11 before beating Los Angeles on Saturday.

Mason made his first start against his former team in Columbus. He had split four decisions in Philadelphia since he was traded to the Flyers in April 2013. He was the rookie of the year in 2009.

Columbus, plagued by injuries all season, welcomed back center Brandon Dubinsky. An integral leader, he played his first game of the season after abdominal surgery.

The Blue Jackets took a 2-1 with their second power-play goal in two chances.

Midway through the second period, Columbus had the puck in the offensive zone for most of the first 90 seconds of the power play. Defenseman Jack Johnson shot wide, but then centered the puck. Nick Foligno got a stick on it and the puck ended up between Hartnell’s skates. He jabbed at it twice before finally pivoting and scoring his sixth of the season but first in 13 games.

Each team scored a power-play goal in the first period.

Jenner scored for the fourth game in a row when he took a pass from Dubinsky down low. His centering pass was blocked back to him and he jammed in the puck.

The Flyers countered late in the period when Claude Giroux’s setup from the right circle provided Schenn with a one-timer for his eighth of the season.

NOTES: Four-time All-Star Vincent Lecavalier was a healthy scratch for the fourth straight game for the Flyers. … Philadelphia forward R.J. Umberger, playing his 700th career NHL game, was recognized on the scoreboards for his six seasons with the Blue Jackets. … Dubinsky, playing his 499th career game has 99 career goals. … Bobrovsky was the second star in the NHL last week after going 3-0 with a 1.62 goals-against average and a .956 save percentage.

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