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Nyquist, Blue Jackets top Maple Leafs on penalty shot in OT

Forward wins it at 1:57 after Columbus blows early two-goal lead

by Dave McCarthy / NHL.com Independent Correspondent

Nyquist nets penalty shot in OT

CBJ@TOR: Nyquist scores on penalty shot for OT win

Gustav Nyquist rips a wrist shot by Frederik Andersen on the penalty shot, lifting the Blue Jackets to an overtime win against the Maple Leafs

  • 01:51 •

TORONTO -- Gustav Nyquist scored on a penalty shot 1:57 into overtime, and the Columbus Blue Jackets defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs 4-3 at Scotiabank Arena on Monday.

Nyquist was awarded the penalty shot after being hooked by Mitchell Marner while on a breakaway.

"It feels great," Nyquist said. "Obviously we had lost two overtime games in a row coming into this game so it's nice to be on the winning side for once. … It was nice I was able to put that one in on the penalty shot."

 

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Riley Nash, Pierre-Luc Dubois and Alexander Wennberg scored, Nick Foligno had two assists, and Joonas Korpisalo made 28 saves for the Blue Jackets (4-3-2), who are 3-0-2 in their past five games.

"I thought after we went up two it got kind of sloppy for us," Blue Jackets defenseman Zach Werenski said of Columbus taking a 2-0 lead 5:52 into the first period on its first two shots. "They fought back and tied it up and took the lead there late in the second, and we just kept fighting and ended up tying it up and found a way to win, so that's the most important thing. To find a way to win on the road after four games in six nights, it was really good for our group."

Video: CBJ@TOR: Wennberg tucks home PPG to tie the game

Auston Matthews had a goal and an assist, William Nylander and Kasperi Kapanen scored, and Frederik Andersen made 34 saves for the Maple Leafs (5-3-2), who are 3-1-1 in their past five games. Jake Muzzin and Andreas Johnsson each had two assists for Toronto.

"It's a recipe for giving goals up when you take penalties and turn over pucks and play in your zone, you can't win like that," Muzzin said after the Maple Leafs went 4-for-5 on the penalty kill. "We're going to play better defensively. We have to, no matter who is in net, no matter which team we are playing."

The Maple Leafs went ahead 3-2 with 17 seconds left in the second period when Nylander put in a rebound of Johnsson's shot at the side of the net.

The Blue Jackets tied it 3-3 at 10:09 of the third period when Wennberg got the rebound of Zach Werenski's second attempt and scored through Andersen's five-hole on the power play.

"Sometimes when you shoot the puck good things happen," Werenski said, "and it came right back to me after Morgan Rielly blocked the first one, so I was able to throw one down to Wennberg because he was standing there all alone, and he was able to put it in."

Video: CBJ@TOR: Matthews deflects home Johnsson's nice pass

Nash gave Columbus a 1-0 lead at 2:31 of the first period when he scored shorthanded after stealing the puck from Marner and taking a pass on a give-and-go from Foligno.

Dubois made it 2-0 at 5:52 when he skated from the corner into the slot and had a shot go in off the skate of Toronto defenseman Martin Marincin.

"You come out with a slow start like that and give them two," Muzzin said. "I mean Fred has been a rock for us all year and we'd like to come out with a better start (for him). We have to find a way to come out and put together a full 60 minutes of hard work and playing the right way. We do it in spurts, but we need to do it in a consistent effort throughout the whole game."

Video: CBJ@TOR: Dubois powers past defender and scores

Kapanen cut it to 2-1 at 11:25 when he one-timed a pass from Marner on a 2-on-1.

The Maple Leafs tied it 2-2 with 39 seconds left in the period when Matthews tipped in a slap pass from Johnsson at the side of the net.

"It was great to see guys step up," Blue Jackets forward Cam Atkinson said. "We really needed everyone, and I'm really happy for Gustav and Joonas for how they made a big difference. The Maple Leafs are a very good team, so no matter how many goals you're up against them, they can always come back. They have that many weapons over there."

Video: EA Sports Overtime Winner: Nyquist nets penalty shot

 

They said it

"We worked hard for each other tonight, and we talked about making sure we stayed on the right side of people tonight defensively, and I think we did that for the most part. I also think Korpisalo made some big-league saves on some Grade A opportunities, so he certainly kept us in the game too." -- Blue Jackets forward Gustav Nyquist

"After a while, it's nobody else. Own it and get on with it. It's just putting your stick on people. It's on us." -- Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock on Toronto taking 15 penalties in the past three games, including six against the Blue Jackets

 

Need to know

Nyquist became the first player in Blue Jackets history to score on a penalty shot in overtime. … Columbus scored on the power play, shorthanded and on a penalty shot for the second time in its history (7-3 loss at the Nashville Predators on Dec. 17, 2005). … Matthews tied Ted Kennedy for the most goals with the Maple Leafs before turning 23 years old (119). Matthews, who will turn 23 on Sept. 17, accomplished it in 41 fewer games. … Toronto center John Tavares missed his second straight game with a broken finger.

 

What's next

Blue Jackets: Host the Carolina Hurricanes on Thursday (7 p.m. ET; FS-O, FS-CR, NHL.TV)

Maple Leafs: At the Boston Bruins on Tuesday (7 p.m. ET; ESPN+, TVAS, NESN, TSN4, NHL.TV)

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