Aftermath No. 24: Toronto

Monday, 11.25.2013 / 11:00 PM / News
By Rob Mixer  - BlueJackets.com


Blue Jackets coach Todd Richards said after Monday's win over the Maple Leafs that, before too long, his team is going to reach a point where it needs to "get it."

Their up-and-down, roller coaster road trip through Canada concluded with a 6-0 walloping of the Leafs at Air Canada Centre that was as impressive as it was efficient; the Blue Jackets needed just 22 shots to get six past red-hot goalie James Reimer, and at the other end, Sergei Bobrovsky needed only 18 saves to record his first shutout of the season (his fifth as a Blue Jacket). 

It started just over a week ago with a 4-1 win in Ottawa, continued to snowy Edmonton in a game that everyone would just as soon forget, then a 2-1 overtime win in Calgary.

They were 2-2-0 on the trip heading into Friday night's game in Vancouver which didn't go their way...but many players spoke Monday morning about the opportunity - despite several regulars being out of the lineup - to head back to Columbus with a 3-2-0 mark on the trip, and good vibes as they begin a home-heavy stretch into December.

Nick Foligno said it was a "total team effort" with "everyone chipping in," and that's exactly how it had to be for the Blue Jackets against the offensively-potent Leafs.

They played a patient game in the neutral zone, stayed out of the penalty box and forced Toronto come the length of the ice to generate offense. 

Here are some random thoughts, notes and observations...

- Ryan Johansen, the game's No. 1 star, stepped up in the absence of some of the Blue Jackets' top forwards and helped them toward their largest offensive outburst of the season. He scored twice, added an assist, fired five shots on goal and won 9-of-18 face-offs.

He leads the team in goal scoring with eight, and is second in points (16).

- Having Wisniewski back in the lineup was a big boost for the Blue Jackets, who dressed seven defensemen (kind of) and were able to get back to their regular defense pairings.

Richards put Ryan Murray back with Wisniewski and they were the steady pairing they've been all season long, logging a lot of ice time 5-on-5 and playing a chunk of the game against Toronto's top six.

- Nothing flashy for Bobrovsky (copy and paste from his last win), but he held the fort and watched his teammates go to work in the other end. He made some really nice stops - a point-blank stop on James van Riemsdyk comes to mind - in the first period when the Leafs pushed back after Columbus' two quick tallies. 

- The Blue Jackets won 54 percent of the face-offs in their win over the Leafs, and at 52.1 percent overall, own the NHL's eighth-best win percent on the draw.

- Columbus' best face-off man in Toronto? That would be Michael Chaput, who went 8-of-12 (67 percent).

- The Blue Jackets had 14 players with a "plus" rating and 14 players also recorded at least one shot on goal. Wisniewski and Murray were each +3 on the night and as a team, Columbus was a cumulative +20.  

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 y - PIT 82 51 24 7 249 207 109
3 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
4 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
5 x - NYR 82 45 31 6 218 193 96
6 x - PHI 82 42 30 10 236 235 94
7 x - CBJ 82 43 32 7 231 216 93
8 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
9 WSH 82 38 30 14 235 240 90
10 NJD 82 35 29 18 197 208 88
11 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
12 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
13 CAR 82 36 35 11 207 230 83
14 NYI 82 34 37 11 225 267 79
15 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
16 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

STATS

2013-2014 PLAYOFFS
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Johnson 1 1 1 0 2
D. MacKenzie 1 1 0 0 1
M. Letestu 1 1 0 1 1
B. Dubinsky 1 0 1 1 1
B. Jenner 1 0 1 -1 1
F. Tyutin 1 0 0 -1 0
J. Wisniewski 1 0 0 0 0
B. Comeau 1 0 0 -1 0
N. Nikitin 1 0 0 0 0
J. Skille 1 0 0 -1 0
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
S. Bobrovsky 0 1 0 .875 4.07
 
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