DuBois' 1st shootout goal lifts Blue Jackets over Flyers 2-1
By NICOLE KRAFT
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) Pierre-Luc DuBois had not scored a shootout goal in his entire career.
Until he got to the NHL.
DuBois scored his first shootout goal on his first attempt, lifting the Columbus Blue Jackets to a 2-1 win against the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday night.
It was Columbus' 11th consecutive home victory over Philadelphia dating to 2008. Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 30 shots for his 20th win.
The Flyers dropped their second in a row and third in the past four games. Brian Elliott made 35 saves.
Columbus jumped in front on Seth Jones' seventh goal of the season at 17:08 of the first period. Philadelphia was whistled for too many men on the ice and Jones sent a shot through traffic for the power-play score.
The Flyers tied it in the second. Defenseman Ivan Provorov trailed the rush and scored off a shot from above the left circle at 3:56 for his fifth on the year.
Philadelphia dominated puck possession in the second, and Jakub Voracek appeared to put the Flyers ahead 2-1 with 1:39 left. But the goal was waved off for a high stick.
"It was a hardworking game for us," Provorov said. "We competed for 65 minutes. We had scoring chances. Just couldn't put the puck in the net."
DuBois beat Elliott on the goaltender's stickside in the tiebreaker.
"I went out there with no plan," DuBois said. "I was just going to read what the goalie does. I didn't plan it. It just went in."
Columbus coach John Tortorella said knew of DuBois' history, but he had no qualms going with the rookie.
"He has accepted everything I have thrown at him and has succeeded," Tortorella said. "I wanted to give him an opportunity."
NOTES: Columbus has scored a power-play goal in four straight games. ... Blue Jackets C Alexander Wennberg was held out after he got hurt Thursday against Pittsburgh. ... Elliott made his 11th straight start. ... Columbus recalled left winger Tyler Motte.
Flyers: Visit Florida on Thursday.
Blue Jackets: Visit Pittsburgh on Wednesday.
Updated December 23, 2017