Dubois lifts Blue Jack­ets in OT thriller

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Pierre-Luc Dubois got his third goal of the game 18:24 into over­time, fin­ish­ing the Blue Jack­ets’ come­back from three goals down to beat the Maple Leafs 4-3 on Thurs­day night in Toronto and take a 2-1 lead in their Stan­ley Cup play­off qual­i­fy­ing se­ries.

Dubois got the win­ner on a rush after Alexan­dre Tex­ier stripped the puck from the Maple Leafs’ John Tavares.

The Blue Jack­ets ral­lied from a 3-0 deficit mid­way through the sec­ond pe­riod, scor­ing twice in a 3 ½-minute stretch mid­way through the third to tie it.

Seth Jones also scored for the Blue Jack­ets. Joonas Kor­pisalo gave up three goals by the Leafs and made 12 saves be­fore he was chased in the sec­ond pe­riod. Elvis Mer­z­likins stopped all 21 shots he faced to put the Blue Jack­ets one win from ad­vanc­ing to the tra­di­tional 16-team first round.

Canucks 3, Wild 0

Brock Boeser and Elias Pet­ter­son each had a power-play goal and an as­sist and goalie Ja­cob Mark­strom made 27 saves for his first post­sea­son shutout as the Canucks took a 2-1 lead in their best-of-five qual­i­fier se­ries in Ed­mon­ton, mov­ing them to within one game of ad­vanc­ing to the first round in their first play­off ap­pear­ance since 2015.

The teams played 33:49 with­out scor­ing, un­til Boeser got the Canucks go­ing late in the sec­ond pe­riod with a fall­ing-down back­han­der off the ric­o­chet from Pet­ters­son’s shot.

Fly­ers 3, Cap­i­tals 1

Scott Laughton had two goals and an as­sist and line­mates Kevin Hayes and Travis Konecny had three and two as­sists, re­spec­tively, to lead the Fly­ers to their sec­ond win in the Eastern Con­fer­ence’s round-robin seed­ing round in Toronto. The Fly­ers have now won 11 of their last 12 games dat­ing to Feb. 18, with the shut­down in be­tween. They can’t fin­ish any worse than sec­ond in the East when they face the Light­ning on Satur­day.

Golden Knights 6, Blues 4

Mark Stone scored the go-ahead goal on a de­flec­tion with un­der seven min­utes left as the Golden Knights out­shot the Blues 38-17 and pre­vailed in Western Con­fer­ence round-robin ac­tion in Ed­mon­ton. Alex Tuch and Shea Theodore each scored twice for the Golden Knights, while de­fense­man Zach White­cloud and Stone added a goal each.

The Golden Knights would be the West’s No. 1 seed with a win against the Avalanche on Satur­day. The Blues can fin­ish no higher than third and need to beat the Stars on Sun­day to avoid the No. 4 seed.

NATHAN DENETTE/AP

Blue Jack­ets cen­ter Pierre-Luc Dubois scores the win­ning goal in over­time Thurs­day night.

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