PHILADELPHIA – Claude Giroux’s backhanded, blind, stumbling swing at the puck was only supposed to knock it close to the net.
It turned into his 100th career NHL goal — and No. 1 on his highlight reel.
Giroux scored the tying and winning goals 2:08 apart late in the third period, rallying the Philadelphia Flyers past the Columbus Blue Jackets 5-4 on Thursday night. He scored two of the Flyers’ five third-period goals and tallied four points as Philadelphia stormed back from a 3-0 hole.
“Sometimes, you don’t get the bounces,” Giroux said, “but we got them this time.”
Giroux landed the biggest one, a no-look attempt from below the circle that got just enough elevation to beat Curtis McElhinney up high with 1:39 left.
The Flyers captain had tied it 4-4 with 4:39 left.
Jakub Voracek, Braydon Coburn, Erik Gustafsson also scored for Philadelphia.
Steve Mason got the win in his first game against his former team. The Blue Jackets traded Mason to the Flyers, and his strong season has helped keep Philadelphia afloat through its offensive struggles.
Cam Atkinson, Jack Skille, Nick Foligno and Blake Comeau had goals for Columbus.
Giroux had no view of the net when he beat McElhinney for the stunning goal. Giroux is starting to come around after a lengthy drought to open the season. He is on a five-game scoring streak, with four goals and 10 points in that stretch.
Philadelphia snapped its scoreless skid and started its rally with a pair of quick goals to open the third.
Red Wings 3, Flames 2 (OT)
In Detroit, Daniel Alfredsson scored two goals, including a power-play score at 1:03 of overtime, and the Red Wings earned a win over Calgary.
Sabres 4, Bruins 2
In Buffalo, Drew Stafford scored the winning goal in the third period, and Ryan Miller made 34 saves in the Sabres’ victory over Boston.
Penguins 5, Wild 2
In Pittsburgh, Chris Kunitz scored his 19th goal, Sidney Crosby had two assists, and the Penguins jumped out to a four-goal lead before beating Minnesota en route to its season-high sixth straight victory.
Kings 4, Sharks 1
In Los Angeles, Martin Jones made 31 saves in his seventh consecutive win to begin his NHL career, and fellow rookie Tyler Toffoli had a goal and an assist in the Kings’ victory over San Jose.
Maple Leafs 2, Coyotes 1 (SO)
In Toronto, James van Riemsdyk and Joffrey Lupul scored in the shootout to lift the Maple Leafs over Phoenix.
Lightning 4, Predators 2
In Tampa, Anders Lindback made 28 saves and won in his first game against his former team, Alex Killorn had a goal and an assist, and the hosts beat Nashville.
Panthers 4, Senators 2
In Ottawa, Tom Gilbert and Tomas Kopecky scored in the final three minutes, and Florida topped the Senators for its fifth straight win.
Stars 4, Canucks 1
In Dallas, Jamie Benn and Colton Sceviour scored goals 15 seconds apart in the first period, leading the Stars over Vancouver.
Blues 5, Canadiens 1
In St. Louis, Alexander Steen scored twice, and Jaroslav Halak made 25 saves to lead the Blues over Montreal.
Avalanche 4, Oilers 2
In Denver, Maxime Talbot broke a second-period tie with a short-handed goal, and Semyon Varlamov stopped 27 shots, leading Colorado over Edmonton.