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game recap

Maple Leafs 3, Blue Jackets 1

Tuesday, 08.16.2011 / 5:30 AM

Associated Press

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Maple Leafs 3, Blue Jackets 1
Columbus Blue Jackets 1, Toronto Maple Leafs 3

TORONTO (AP) -Dominic Moore is really enjoying playing on the same line with Chad Kilger and Boyd Devereaux.

The Toronto Maple Leafs are pretty pleased with the way it's going for that line, too.

Kilger, Carlo Colaiacovo and Nik Antropov scored, Moore had two assists and the Maple Leafs beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 3-1 on Tuesday night.

"They're the kind of guys that are sort of underrated," Moore said of his linemates. "What they do a lot of times goes unnoticed - little things that make a big difference.

"I think the three of us sort of know how to support each other that way."

Vesa Toskala made 26 saves while starting for the 17th time in 18 games for Toronto, which beat a team on the edge of the playoff picture for a second straight game.

"I think it was a pretty solid game from us," Toskala said. "Not many turnovers, everybody was helping each other out there. Pretty good game."

Nikolai Zherdev had the only goal for the Blue Jackets, which started the night three points out of a playoff spot in the West.

Columbus barely threatened during the final two periods and head to Ottawa for a game Thursday before visiting Montreal on Saturday.

Mats Sundin tries to get a shot past Pascal Leclaire. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Adrian Wyld)

"We're really desperate right now," said Pascal Leclaire, who made 22 saves for the Blue Jackets. "We're not playing the way we want to play, and since the (All-Star) break, we haven't played the hockey we did before. We've got to get back to it, because there aren't a lot of games left, and other teams are playing well."

Colaiacovo opened the scoring for the Maple Leafs at 5:41 of the first period. The defenseman beat the screened Leclaire with a low point shot.

Antropov made it 2-0 just 6 seconds after Ron Hainsey had been sent off for holding. Antropov was planted at the side of the goal when he knocked the puck out of the air and flipped it into an empty net at 15:13.

The Blue Jackets rebounded quickly as Zherdev beat Toskala with a quick shot after taking a pass from Michael Peca at 15:43.

Kilger restored the two-goal advantage before the end of the first period. After a broken rush, he spun and fired a shot under Leclaire's left leg at 16:57.

Notes: It was just the fifth regular-season meeting between the teams. ... The Blue Jackets only have three players with more than 10 goals: Rick Nash (31), Zherdev (24) and Jason Chimera (11). ... Maple Leafs enforcer Wade Belak was a healthy scratch for the fifth straight game.

scoring summary
1st Period
05:41
TOR
Carlo Colaiacovo (2) Slapshot - ASST: Boyd Devereaux (11), Dominic Moore (6)
1 - 0 TOR
15:13
TOR
PPG - Nik Antropov (21) Wrist shot - ASST: Mats Sundin (37), Bryan McCabe (10)
2 - 0 TOR
15:43
CBJ
Nikolay Zherdev (24) Snap shot - ASST: Michael Peca (24), Andrew Murray (1)
2 - 1 TOR
16:57
TOR
Chad Kilger (10) Wrist shot - ASST: Dominic Moore (7), Hal Gill (18)
3 - 1 TOR
2nd Period
NONE
3rd Period
NONE
penalty summary
1st Period
15:07
CBJ
Ron Hainsey  Holding against  Jason Blake
18:38
TOR
Alexei Ponikarovsky  Hooking against  Rick Nash
2nd Period
01:11
TOR
Mats Sundin  Hooking against  Michael Peca
05:28
TOR
Alexander Steen  Hooking against  Adam Foote
10:41
TOR
Boyd Devereaux  Holding against  Jan Hejda
17:28
CBJ
Jan Hejda  Holding against  Nik Antropov
3rd Period
06:25
CBJ
Adam Foote  Tripping against  Alexander Steen
08:05
CBJ
Ole-Kristian Tollefsen  Hi stick - double minor against  Matt Stajan
goalie stats
Pascal Leclaire
SA: 25TOI: 59:06
Saves: 22EV: 16 - 18
PIM: 0PP: 6 - 7
SV%: .880SH: 0 - 0
Vesa Toskala
SA: 27TOI: 60:00
Saves: 26EV: 20 - 21
PIM: 0PP: 3 - 3
SV%: .963SH: 3 - 3