COLUMBUS, Ohio - If the Flyers miss the playoffs, Tuesday's late-game collapse may be the reason.
Boone Jenner's goal in the fifth round of the shootout gave Columbus a stunning 3-2 win at Nationwide Arena.
Columbus scored two goals in the final 1 minute, 4 seconds - both with goalie Sergei Bobrovsky pulled for an extra skater - to tie the score at 2-2 and send it into overtime.
"We gave away the extra point," said goalie Steve Mason, who made a career-high 51 saves and nearly stole a win on a night when most of his teammates seemed a step slow.
The Flyers, looking drained from playing their second game in as many nights, are 2-8 in shootouts. All five of their shooters failed to connect Tuesday.
"It's frustrating. It wasn't our best game, but Mase . . . that was Mase's game," captain Claude Giroux said.
Giroux, who played brilliantly - he had a goal and nine shots - missed a chance to win the game in the shootout. He had Bobrovsky out of position but fired over the net.
"I thought I had him," Giroux said. "I just put it too high."
Cam Atkinson scored on a rebound with 8.9 seconds remaining in regulation to tie it. With 1:04 to go, after a bad icing by Wayne Simmonds - he tried to score from deep in his own end - the Blue Jackets got to within 2-1 as Jenner tipped in Seth Jones' drive.
Jenner's tip was reviewed, and it was ruled it was not knocked into the net with a high stick.
"When you have a 2-0 lead, you've got to find a way to hold that lead," said Giroux, whose team allowed the most shots (53) since a 2008 game against Toronto.
With the point, the Flyers moved into a tie with Detroit for the final wild-card spot. The Red Wings lost to Tampa Bay, and they have played one more game than the Flyers.
The Flyers haven't won in Columbus since 2005, going 0-5-3. They are on a 9-2-2 run, and are 5-1-3 in their last nine road games, but the missed point could prove fatal.
"To walk away with one point, with where we're at, that's not good enough for us," coach Dave Hakstol said.
Ryan White's 10th goal of the season, scored on a rebound while the Flyers were on a power play, increased the lead to 2-0 with 8:06 remaining in regulation.
The Flyers nearly won it in the closing seconds of overtime, but Bobrovsky stopped Simmonds on the doorstep after Shayne Gostisbehere made a diving play to keep the puck in the zone near the blue line.
Mason, a former Blue Jacket, received loud boos when he was introduced before the opening faceoff, and he heard mocking chants of "Ma-son . . . Ma-son" throughout the game.
Perhaps channeling the jeers into motivation, Mason nearly stole a game the Flyers desperately needed.
Despite being outplayed and outshot by a 32-17 margin, the Flyers carried a 1-0 lead into the third period.
Mason, making his eighth start in the last nine games and his second in as many nights, was the reason.
He made numerous quality saves, none better than the stop he made on Michael Chaput's rebound with just under seven minutes left in the second.
With 16:34 left in the second, Columbus' Jared Boll received a five-minute interference penalty and a game misconduct for an open-ice hit that leveled Pierre-Edouard Bellemare. Boll appeared to strike the center's jaw, sending him to the ice for a while.
White and Radko Gudas went to Bellemare's aid, and the former received a roughing penalty. (Bellemare returned to the game a short time later.)
Giroux's 20th goal gave the Flyers a 1-0 lead in a strange first period. Columbus dominated the opening 20 minutes, had a huge territorial edge, and outshot the Flyers, 15-8.
But Giroux cashed in on one of the Flyers' few quality chances in the first. Brayden Schenn (two assists) made a nice move in front to control the puck, and fed Giroux on the right. Giroux lifted the puck over former Flyer Bobrovsky with 8:18 left in the period.
It later became 2-0 and the Flyers came within nine seconds of their first win in Columbus in 11 years.
Now they must regroup. They are 1-0-1 on a critical four-game road trip that continues Thursday against injury-riddled Colorado.