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Leafs push through adversity, comeback to beat Blue Jackets

The Toronto Maple Leafs defeated the Columbus Blue Jackets on Monday evening, by a final score of 4-2.



Lucas Viveiros | Report

After getting off to a poor start in the first period, the Toronto Maple Leafs rallied to defeat the Columbus Blue Jackets 4-2 on Monday evening.

Columbus came out of the gates with speed, and actually made the Leafs look slow in the first 20 minutes.

The Jackets would be rewarded with two first frame tallies, coming under five minutes apart at the end of the period.

First, Cam Atkinson would register his 13th goal of the season off of a rare turnover from two of the Leafs best players in Mitch Marner and Morgan Rielly.

On the play, Rielly would chip a pass up to Marner who was immediately double teamed by Jackets forwards Artemi Panarin and Pierre-Luc Dubois. Dubois would then strip Marner of the puck and centre a tape-to-tape feed to Atkinson, who would wrist one through the legs of Andersen to take the 1-0 lead.

Columbus’ aggressive forecheck would then pay off yet again with their top unit leading the charge.

With under a minute to play in the period, Atkinson would find himself alone in front and behind Leafs D-men Gardiner and Zaitsev. The Jackets forward would calmly slide a pass to Dubois who was also left unmarked, and he would chip the puck over the outstretched Andersen to make it 2-0 Columbus.

It looked doom and gloom for the Bud’s fanbase after a period of play, but Toronto came out hungrier in the second, creating more offensive zone time through all four lines.

The Leafs fourth line would give them that spark to get back into the game, as Tyler Ennis would make a few pretty moves to break the structure of the Jackets defense, and fire one through the wickets of Bobrovsky, cutting the lead to 2-1.

Freddy Andersen would then put his stamp on the game, holding the fort down long enough for his teammates to equalize before the second intermission.

And then the Leafs dynamic duo of the season would find the tying goal at 17:20 of the second period. On the goal, Mitch Marner would get former Leaf, Scott Harrington spun around with a nice move, and John Tavares would drive the night hard to bury the Marner feed, evening the game at two’s.

Andersen would be called upon again in the third period to turn Columbus away, stopping all 14 shots he faced in the frame.

Zach Hyman would then be the recipient of the game winning goal, after he was found alone in front of the Jacket’s net, and Morgan Rielly hit him with a perfect pass to which he tipped past Bobrovsky, giving Toronto the 3-2 edge.

Hyman would add a second goal on the evening, courtesy an empty net and Toronto would go on to win the game 4-2.

Revisit the game’s highlights below.

Up next the Maple Leafs will travel to Raleigh to pay a visit to Sebastian Aho and the Carolina Hurricanes.

Puck drop is set for 7:00pm from PNC arena on Wednesday, and can be seen on Sportsnet.

More news from the ice

  • There was no penalties called in the entirety of the game
  • Centre Auston Matthews practiced with his teammates for the first time on Sunday since suffering a shoulder injury
  • With the victory coach Babcock passed Red Kelly and Pat Burns for fifth place in franchise history with 133 regular-season coaching wins
  • The Buds are now 6-5-0 at home this season
  • Toronto is outscoring opponents 31-18 in the second period this season

Out of town scoreboard

Monday, November 19

Dallas 1 NY Rangers 2

Buffalo 5 Pittsburgh 4 (OT)

Washington 5 Montreal 4 (OT)

Florida 7 Ottawa 5

Los Angeles 2 St. Louis 0

Tampa Bay 2 Nashville 3

Vegas 2 Calgary 1

Winnipeg 6 Vancouver 3

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