Pierre-Luc Dubois may have joined Team Canada late, freeing up once the Blue Jackets were eliminated by Boston in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, but he's making his presence felt at the 2019 IIHF World Championship.
Filling in for an injured John Tavares, Dubois and Vegas' Mark Stone have been the Canadian team's top two players over the last three games, tallying preliminary round wins over Denmark and the United States before connecting for the overtime winner to beat Switzerland, 3-2, in the tournament quarterfinals Thursday.
Dubois impressed the onlookers in Kosice, Slovakia with a nifty play along the boards before carrying the puck into the offensive zone and feeding Stone for the goal that bounced the Swiss from the championship.
Dubois had two assists in the game, but his OT highlight deserves another look:
Filthy little fake shot from Pierre-Luc Dubois to freeze the Swiss tendy. Easy backdoor tap in for Stone! pic.twitter.com/54tH51k2dC— Mike Lysyj (@Lysyj11) May 23, 2019
In six games for Team Canada, Dubois has two goals and four assists, carrying a lofty +10 against some of the best players in the world. His goal just 1:49 into play against the United States, assisted by – who else, Stone – set the tone for Canada's 3-0 win.
SCORES!— TSN (@TSN_Sports) May 21, 2019
Mark Stone (@GoldenKnights) steals the loose puck and centres it for a wide-open Pierre-Luc Dubois (@BlueJacketsNHL), who buries it to open the scoring early for @HC_Men!
1-0 | #IIHFWorlds pic.twitter.com/54pR0dekj4
The Blue Jackets would love nothing better than to welcome home a confident Dubois for his third season, riding the momentum of helping Canada to a gold at the tournament.