BLUE JACKETS 5 | MAPLE LEAFS 0
Boone Jenner Post Game
Ryan Murray Post Game
Todd Richards Post Game
Ryan Murray Goal
Jeremy Morin Goal
Second Period Highlights
ANALYSIS: It's safe to say that was a solid start for the Blue Jackets. They're skating, they're forechecking and they're flat out-working the Toronto Maple Leafs right now and the scoreboard presents the most rewarding evidence. The Jackets have a deserved 3-0 lead and Artem Anisimov got it started, burying a drop pass from Brandon Dubinsky under the crossbar at 13:51 of the first. Then it was Boone Jenner scoring his eighth of the season on a pass from Ryan Johansen 2:05 later, and the locals had themselves a two-goal lead just like that. They didn't stop there, and the third goal was produced by a terrific pass from Marko Dano across the zone to Scott Hartnell. Hartnell came flying in off the left wing and picked his spot over James Reimer's shoulder, scoring his 27th goal of the season and giving Columbus a 3-0 lead after 20 minutes. Shots are 14-8 favoring the Jackets and they were by far the more aggressive and assertive team in the opening 20.
Artem Anisimov Goal
Boone Jenner Goal
Scott Hartnell Goal
First Period Highlights
Boone Jenner Pregame
Jeremy Morin Pregame
Todd Richards Pregame
UPDATE (11:45 AM): Todd Richards confirmed that Fedor Tyutin will not be available for tonight's game but Ryan Murray will return to the lineup. Murray will replace Kevin Connauton on the blue line against the Leafs.
UPDATE (10:35 AM): Here are the lines and pairings from this morning's skate...
- Fedor Tyutin was absent from the morning skate, while Ryan Murray was a full participant. Tyutin missed Monday's game in New York due to injury.
- Justin Falk took line rushes regularly with Dalton Prout. Murray and Cody Goloubef took turns skating with Kevin Connauton.
We're home, Jackets' fans!
The Blue Jackets' nine-game winning streak came to an end in New York, but with the overtime point their points streak was extended to 10 games. The Jackets have an opportunity to match the franchise record points streak of 12 games during their final home stand of the season, and they'll look to move one step closer Wednesday night against the Toronto Maple Leafs.
The Maple Leafs sit second-to-last in the Eastern Conference, ahead of only the Buffalo Sabres, and they've won just three of their last 10 games. Two of those wins were significant, however, as the Leafs defeated the Ottawa Senators twice in overtime to throw a wrench into that team's playoff run. Now they'll try to spoil the Blue Jackets' late-season fun at Nationwide Arena.
- The Maple Leafs have won both of the prior meetings this season with the Jackets, a 4-1 victory at Nationwide Arena on Oct. 31 and a 5-2 win at Air Canada Centre on Jan. 9. The Senators and Red Wings are the only teams to lose three games to the Leafs this season.
- Ryan Murray skated in yesterday's optional practice and may be available for head coach Todd Richards tonight. It would be Murray's fourth separate return from an injury this season.
- Home ice had been a problem for the Blue Jackets most of the season, but they appear to have found an answer since the middle of March. The Blue Jackets have won four straight at home, three over teams currently in playoff position and outscoring their opponents 17-11 on the strength of two hat tricks by Nick Foligno and Scott Hartnell.
- Sergei Bobrovsky is expected to be in net for the Blue Jackets.
- Todd Richards remains one win behind Ken Hitchcock for the most coaching wins in Blue Jackets history with 125.