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Dubinsky's two goals lift Blue Jackets

Columbus scores three times in 4:07 in third period; defeats Toronto

by Mike Brophy / Correspondent

Dubinsky scores twice in win

CBJ@TOR: Dubinsky scores twice in Blue Jackets' win

4/6/16: Brandon Dubinsky nets a goal in the 1st and 3rd periods in the Blue Jackets' 5-1 win over the Maple Leafs

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TORONTO -- The Columbus Blue Jackets scored three goals in a span of 4:07 in the third period to defeat the Toronto Maple Leafs 5-1 at Air Canada Centre on Wednesday.

Toronto (28-41-11) has lost four in a row and five of its past six games. It was the Maple Leafs final home game of the season; they finished 14-18-9 at Air Canada Centre.

The win means Columbus (32-40-8) can finish no lower than 28th in the standings. The Blue Jackets had lost six of their past seven games.

The Edmonton Oilers win against the Vancouver Canucks on Wednesday meant Toronto is alone in 30th place.

The 30th-place team will have a 20 percent chance of selecting the No. 1 pick in the 2016 NHL Draft Lottery. The 29th-place team has a 13.5 percent chance and the 28th-place team an 11.5 percent chance.

"There's lots of good things going on in the organization," Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock said. "I think we all know that. Tonight wasn't one of those nights, though, so let's not kid ourselves. That effort was unacceptable."

Video: CBJ@TOR: Saad beats Sparks' five-hole to tie it

Brandon Dubinsky scored two goals for the Blue Jackets and said the goal is to win games, not finish with a better chance at the top pick.

"I have always said we are professionals and we want to win every game," Dubinsky said. "I'm sure the Maple Leafs felt the same way. You don't step onto the ice in the National Hockey League and expect to lose. You want to try to win every game. That's how you get to the NHL, being competitive like that. Everyone else can talk about that, but I'm sure there was 40 players on the ice tonight that wanted to win the hockey game."

Five players on the Blue Jackets had multi-point games including Brandon Saad who had a goal and an assist.

"They're coming in bunches now," said Saad, who has five goals in his past four games. "That feels good. We have depth on our team and at times we have been fighting it a bit, but on a night like tonight, you see our depth and scoring power."

Video: CBJ@TOR: Bjorkstrand nets goal off a faceoff

The Maple Leafs outshot the Blue Jackets 9-6 in a scoreless first period in which Columbus didn't have a shot on goal until 12:32 was remaining.

Defenseman Morgan Rielly gave the Maple Leafs a 1-0 lead at 1:43 of the second period with a shorthanded goal. Rielly broke in 3-on-2 with Brooks Laich and Frederik Gauthier who gave him a drop pass which allowed the third-year defenseman to snap a low shot from the high slot past Columbus goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky.

The goal for Rielly established a single-season high. He had two as a rookie and eight last season.

Video: CBJ@TOR: Rielly opens scoring with top-shelf SHG

The Blue Jackets tied it 1-1 at 11:13 when Saad scored his 29th goal of the season. Kasperi Kapanen turned the puck over at the Columbus blue line and Saad skated past Toronto defenseman T.J. Brennan before taking a low shot that beat goalie Garret Sparks.

The Blue Jackets took a 2-1 lead at 17:31 when a loose puck came to Dubinsky who broke in alone and beat Sparks with a high shot. It was Dubinsky's 16th goal of the season.

The Blue Jackets had a few chances to increase their lead early in the third period, but Sparks stopped Alexander Wennberg and Dubinsky from close range and then Oliver Bjorkstrand on a breakaway.

Video: CBJ@TOR: Calvert jams home rebound to extend lead

Columbus made it 3-1 at 8:43 when Wennberg beat Byron Froese cleanly on a faceoff in the Maple Leafs zone, drawing the puck back to Bjorkstrand whose shot went past Sparks for his fourth goal of the season. Matt Calvert made it 4-1 less than a minute later when he slipped a backhand shot in from the side of the net at 9:39. It was Calvert's ninth goal.

Dubinsky made it 5-1 with his second of the game from a scramble at 12:50.

"Once we got one they just started coming," Dubinsky said. "They have been playing really well with all the guys they have up. We knew coming in it wasn't going to be an easy game. Those guys are NHL players over there."

Video: Dubinsky leads Blue Jackets in win over Maple Leafs

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