Lucas Viveiros | Report

Even with a strong team road game, the Toronto Maple Leafs couldn’t overcome the Columbus Blue Jackets on Friday night, dropping the decision 4-2.

Toronto was quicker, more aggressive, and maintained puck possession far more than they did in their last meeting with the Jackets on Monday, but this time they couldn’t come up with the two points.

A common theme continued in this game for the Buds, as they fell behind 2-0 for the fourth time in their last seven contests.

Both goals were put home by Jackets forward Josh Anderson, who beat Freddy Andersen twice in the period’s opening ten minutes, on poor defensive zone coverage by the Leafs blue-liner’s.

Ron Hainsey would pull Toronto within one by the end of the period, as Hainsey sent a long shot from the blue line, which eluded Bobrovsky and found itself past the Columbus goaltender.

Toronto would attempt to take the game to the Jackets in the middle period, dominating puck possession, and using their speed and skill to their advantage.

Just three minutes into the period it paid off, as Kasperi Kapanen streaked by Jackets forward Boone Jenner on his off wing, and squeezed the puck through the blocker side of Bobrovsky, evening up the game at two’s.

The momentum seemed to be in Toronto’s favour the rest of the period, but despite Bobrovsky’s struggles with fighting off the puck throughout the game, the Leafs couldn’t get that third goal by him.

And Cam Atkinson would make them pay, busting into the Leafs end shorthanded, dancing around Tavares and firing one past Andersen to make it 3-2 Columbus.

The Jackets would put the nail in the coffin at 3:35 of the third when Markus Hannikainen would get credit for his second of the season, sealing the victory at 4-2.

Revisit the game’s highlights below.

Up next the Maple Leafs will return home to welcome back former Leaf, James Van Riemsdyk and the Philadelphia Flyers to Hockey Fight’s Cancer Night in Toronto.

Puck drop is set for 7:00pm on Saturday from Scotiabank Arena, and can be seen on CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada.

More news from the ice

  • Leafs d-man Igor Ozhiganov registered his first NHL point with an assist on Ron Hainsey’s first period goal
  • Toronto is now 7-5-0 without Auston Matthews this season
  • The Buds will look to avoid losing three straight for the first time this season when they take on the Flyers on Saturday
  • Cam Atkinson is the third Blue Jacket ever to score in six straight games

Out of town scoreboard

Friday, November 23rd

NY Rangers 0 Philadelphia 4

Edmonton 1 Anaheim 2 (OT)

Winnipeg 2 Minnesota 4

Montreal 2 Buffalo 3 (OT)

NY Islanders 4 New Jersey 3 (OT)

Detroit 1 Washington 3

Calgary 0 Vegas 2

Pittsburgh 1 Boston 2 (OT)

Chicago 2 Tampa Bay 4

Florida 1 Carolina 4

Colorado 5 Arizona 1

Nashville 2 St. Louis 6

Ottawa 4 Dallas 6

Vancouver 0 San Jose 4


More coverage to follow. Image from nhl.com

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