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Five Blue Jackets score in win against Maple Leafs

Backup Joonas Korpisalo makes 31 saves to defeat former teammate Curtis McElhinney

by Craig Merz / Correspondent

COLUMBUS -- Five Columbus Blue Jackets scored, and backup Joonas Korpisalo made 31 saves in a 5-2 win against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Nationwide Arena on Wednesday.

Josh Anderson, Boone Jenner, Oliver Bjorkstrand, Nick Foligno and Matt Calvert scored for Columbus (36-15-5). Alexander Wennberg, Zach Werenski and Seth Jones each had two assists.

Korpisalo made 15 saves in the first period, when the Blue Jackets took 18 shots and a 2-0 lead.

"We got some really good goaltending in the first period," Tortorella said. "[Korpisalo] gave us a chance."


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Nazem Kadri scored twice, and former Blue Jackets goaltender Curtis McElhinney made 30 saves for the Maple Leafs (26-19-11).

Toronto trailed 4-0 but goals by Kadri at 17:28 of the second period and at 6:19 of the third made it 4-2.

Calvert scored into an empty net with 2:21 left for a 5-2 lead.

"Tough start," Kadri said. "I think we dominated the second half of the game but by then it was too late."

Anderson scored for the first time in 14 games at 4:30 of the first period for a 1-0 lead on a play that went to video review because there was no signal for a goal. William Karlsson made a backhand pass, and Anderson stuffed the puck and the goalie across the line for his 11th goal.

Video: TOR@CBJ: Anderson jams loose puck under McElhinney

Jenner scored his 11th for a 2-0 lead at 11:15 of the first.

Bjorkstrand, recalled Tuesday from Cleveland of the American Hockey League to replace injured forward Scott Hartnell, scored his first in the NHL this season, in his sixth game, at 1:32 of the second period for a 3-0 lead.

Foligno scored his 20th goal, 10th on the power play, when a shot by Werenski deflected off his midsection for a 4-0 lead at 9:56 of the second. 

Toronto defeated the New York Islanders 7-1 on Tuesday.

Goal of the game

Brandon Saad stole the puck and passed to Wennberg in the neutral zone, where he fed Bjorkstrand at the blue line for a breakaway that ended when he placed a wrist shot under the crossbar.

Video: TOR@CBJ: Bjorkstrand snipes top shelf on a breakaway


Save of the game

McElhinney made a snapping glove save on Werenski coming down the slot with 5:00 left in the second period.


Unsung performance of the game

The Blue Jackets stopped the NHL's top power play beginning with 4:42 left in the third period and the score 4-2. The Maple Leafs pulled McElhinney to make it a 6-on-4 the last 20 seconds, and the Blue Jackets allowed two shots during the successful kill.


Highlight of the game

Korpisalo fully extended to make a right-pad save on Leo Komarov's point-blank shot after a pass from William Nylander at 5:30 of the first. 

"We had some real good chances in the first period," Toronto coach Mike Babcock said. "We had some quality chances, quality looks, but we didn't score."

Video: TOR@CBJ: Korpisalo robs Komarov with lunging pad stop


They said it

"We left our [defense] out to dry. They came at us pretty quick on the forecheck and obviously challenged our goalie pretty quick." -- Maple Leafs forward Josh Leivo


"Our first two periods were really good. We kind of took our foot off the gas there in the third. They're a really good team, so they made their push." -- Blue Jackets defenseman Zach Werenski


"We don't have the swagger in the third period we had earlier in the year, but we're moving in the right direction there. I don't think there was any panic on the bench." -- Blue Jackets coach John Tortorella


Need to know

Maple Leafs forward Mitchell Marner left the game in the third period after injuring his upper body in the second. Babcock had no update after the game. ... Kadri has five goals and 15 points in the past 13 games. … Columbus defenseman David Savard played his 300th NHL game. … The Blue Jackets surpassed the 76 points (34-40-8) they had last season.


What's next

Maple Leafs: Host the Ottawa Senators on Saturday (7 p.m., ET; CBC, TVA Sports, NHL.TV)

Blue Jackets: Host the Pittsburgh Penguins on Friday (7 p.m. ET; NHLN, SN, TVA Sports, FS-O, ROOT, NHL.TV)


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