Flyers sing the blues, lose to Blue Jackets 5-2

Philadelphia Flyers' Wayne Simmonds, left, carries the puck past Columbus Blue Jackets' Mark Letestu, center, and Fedor Tyutin, of Russia, during the first period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)

January 23, 2014 7:33:30 PM PST
Matt Calvert and Brandon Dubinsky each had a goal and assist to lead the Columbus Blue Jackets to a team-record eighth-straight win - and the longest active streak in the league - in the franchise's 1,000th game with a 5-2 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers on Thursday night.

Jack Johnson, Derek MacKenzie and Nathan Horton also scored for Columbus, which played their inaugural season in 2000 and has only made the playoffs once.

Sergei Bobrovsky, last season's Vezina Trophy winner as the league's top goalie, made 26 saves in his first game against his former club. He has won seven in a row since returning from a groin injury that sidelined him a month.

The Blue Jackets closed out the Flyers with four straight goals to improve to a league-best 9-0-1 record in January and are currently holding an Eastern Conference playoff spot.