Dubinsky gets shootout goal to lift Jackets over Flyers 3-2

December 19, 2015

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) Rookie goalie Joonas Korpisalo got his first NHL win Saturday night for Columbus, and then he got a whole lot of praise from teammates and coaches for staying cool under pressure.

Brandon Dubinsky scored in the sixth shootout round, Korpisalo stopped 5-of-6 attempts and the Blue Jackets beat the Philadelphia Flyers 3-2.

Cam Atkinson also scored in the shootout for Columbus. The Blue Jackets squandered a two-goal lead in the third period but rallied for a second consecutive win that snapped a four-game home losing streak.

''With the amount of games we've played, travel coming back (from Arizona on Thursday), the lack of practice time, those are always hard games,'' Columbus coach John Tortorella said. ''I was really happy with the start and then I think we muddled along a little bit.''


In the shootout, Dubinsky beat former Blue Jacket Steve Mason glove side, and then Korpisalo stuffed Brayden Schenn. Enjoying the thrill in just his third NHL game, he skated toward his onrushing teammates, pumping his arms in the air.

''Unbelievable,'' Korpisalo said of the experience. ''Didn't get it (the win) in the first game. Didn't get it in the second game. Finally got it so it's relieving and also a big win for the team, too.''

Ryan Johansen, tied for second on Columbus with 22 points, returned to action after being a healthy scratch on Thursday night.

Brandon Saad and Ryan Murray scored to give Columbus a 2-0 lead. Korpisalo had 30 saves before the shootout.

Scott Laughton and Jakub Voracek scored for Philadelphia in the third period. Mason stopped 35 shots before nearly matching Korpisalo save for save in the shootout.

''There were parts of the game where we weren't quite sharp enough, some little areas,'' Flyers coach Dave Hakstol said. ''But overall played a pretty good hockey game and had a good push to come back and tie it up in the third period.''

Early in the third, Matt Read went airborne through the crease and slammed his knee into Korpisalo's head. Read was called for goalie interference.

Not long after the penalty expired, Laughton scored his fourth goal - and first in 17 games - at 5:32 on a nice individual effort. He skated past two Blue Jackets, and then snapped a high shot from the right circle.

Former Blue Jacket Voracek cut to the left circle and let go a shot that went in under Korpisalo's glove with 5:41 left.

''He's unreal,'' Murray said of Korpisalo. ''He makes a big save and he's not even fazed by it. Or he gets scored on and he's not even fazed by it.''

With 3:07 remaining in regulation, Voracek had a prime opportunity alone in front to win in, but he couldn't beat Korpisalo.

''Guys did a good job of battling back and getting at least one point,'' Philadelphia captain Claude Giroux said.

Saad opened the scoring at 14:01 of the first period. Parked close to the net, he took Dubinsky's pass, turned and squeezed a shot under Mason for his 12th as a power play expired.

In the second period, Korpisalo made a handful of tough saves and Murray gave Columbus a two-goal lead.

Korpisalo stopped Ryan White's shot and used his blocker to deflect away the rebound rip by Giroux. Later, he lunged to the ice to get his stick on another shot by Giroux. Korpisalo also made a nice adjustment on a hard shot by Evgeny Medvedev that changed direction off Matt Calvert's skate.

''Such as great experience for (Korpisalo),'' Tortorella said. ''For right now in helping us win a game. And for the future as he keeps on moving forward in the process.''

On the second half of a high-sticking double-minor penalty to R.J. Umberger, Nick Foligno stole the puck from Sean Couturier behind the net and found Murray. The defenseman scored on a wrist shot from between the circles at 18:09.

NOTES: Columbus' normal top defensive pairing did not play for a second straight game. David Savard was put on injured reserve Saturday with an ankle injury. Jack Johnson has an upper-body ailment. ... Mason entered 2-3-1 with a 3.21 goals-against average and .891 save percentage against his former club. ... Philadelphia D Luke Schenn was back on the ice after missing five games with a leg injury.