There were quite a few things the Blue Jackets, now 36-15-5, could say they addressed in Wednesday's 5-2 win over the visiting Toronto Maple Leafs. The team had a good start at home. The power play scored a goal and the penalty kill unit held Toronto scoreless.
Additionally, solid goaltending from Joonas Korpisalo, who stopped 31 of the 33 shots he faced, gave the team the backbone they needed in net.
"(Toronto is) a fast, skilled team," head coach John Tortorella said. "I thought we played a good game but Korpisalo was a big part of it early on. We got some really good goaltending first period. I thought we checked better as the game went on but Korpisalo certainly gave us a chance in that first ten minutes."
The Blue Jackets took the first lead of the game off a Josh Anderson score and never looked back. It was the 35th game this year they've earned the first goal. After that, the home team went up 4-0 off follow up scores from Boone Jenner, Oliver Bjorkstrand and, of note, that power play score by Nick Foligno. It was the first power play goal since Jan. 7.
Toronto attempted to creep back into the game off two Nazim Kadri goals, but it wasn't enough, and in the final 2:30, Matt Calvert added an empty netter to seal the deal for Columbus.
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Video: Oliver Bjorkstrand on his first NHL goal this season