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Korpisalo gets first NHL win, Blue Jackets top Flyers

by Craig Merz

COLUMBUS-- On Saturday, John Tortorella was two days shy of having coached the Columbus Blue Jackets for two months, so he's still learning about his players.

That's why he took the advice of captain Nick Foligno and selected Brandon Dubinsky as the sixth player in the shootout against the Philadelphia Flyers. Dubinsky scored the deciding goal and rookie goaltender Joonas Korpisalo stopped Brayden Schenn for his first NHL win when the Blue Jackets defeated the Philadelphia Flyers 3-2 at Nationwide Arena.

Korpisalo, in his third career start, stopped five of six shootouts attempts and made 30 saves in the game.

"Unbelievable," Korpisalo said. "I didn't get it the first game. I didn't get it the second game. I finally got it. It's pretty relieving and a pretty big win for the team too."

Foligno was happiest for Korpisalo, who was called up from Lake Erie of the American Hockey League because Sergei Bobrovsky is out with a groin injury.

"He was outstanding. He made some big saves," Foligno said. "We made him work a little extra for it but in the shootout he was great."

Columbus (13-19-3) has won two straight.

Cam Atkinson scored in the first round of the shootout for Columbus before Wayne Simmonds beat Korpisalo beat in the third round to extend the shootout. That's when it got interesting for Tortorella, who replaced Todd Richards on Oct. 21.

"It's pretty funny when [Tortorella] is asking, 'Are you any good at this? Are you any good at this?'" Foligno said. "He's still trying to figure us out. He asked us all I think. It kept the guys loose."

The Flyers (14-12-7) had a two-game winning streak end. Steve Mason made 35 saves against his former team.

Philadelphia trailed 2-0 in the third but got goals from Scott Laughton and former Blue Jackets forward Jakub Voracek to tie the score 2-2.

Laughton drew the Flyers to within 2-1 at 5:32 of the third. He circled in the zone then fired a wrist shot from the right circle for his fourth goal and his first in 17 games.

"It feels like it's been a year," he said. "It's been a month and a half. You feel like you want to contribute and help the team win. It's nice to get the monkey off my back."

Voracek got his second at 14:19 with a shot from the left that beat Korpisalo glove-side.

"We stayed patient," he said. "We had a good second period. We came in the locker room and said stick with it. We played a good last 30, 35 minutes of the game."

After Philadelphia tied the score, Mason stopped a Matt Calvert breakaway.

"That's a big save, a save that needs to be made," Mason said. "Anytime they come back those can be pretty draining if those go in."

Tortorella was not displeased with the Blue Jackets' performance considering their busy schedule with four games in six days.

"We played well, we put a lot of good minutes in. In the second period we lost ourselves for a little bit," he said. "After they tied it I thought we started playing better. There were some ebbs and flows to the game.

"We have found ways to lose games. We found ways to win tonight."

The Blue Jackets got goals from Brandon Saad, his 12th, in the first period, and a power-play score by Ryan Murray, his third, in the second.

But the Flyers who are 7-2-2 in the past 11 games, rallied.

"There were parts of the game where we weren't quite sharp enough but overall we had a good push to come back and tie it up," Philadelphia coach Dave Hakstol said.

Columbus ended a four-game home losing streak, three of which ended beyond regulation. The Blue Jackets are 5-8-3 at Nationwide Arena.

Philadelphia dropped to 0-4-3 in Columbus since Dec. 27, 2008, and have lost five straight and nine of 10 against the Blue Jackets.

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