CBJ
43-32-7
TOR
38-36-8

Johansen, Blue Jackets rout Maple Leafs

Rob Mixer  - BlueJackets.com | Monday, 11.25.2013 / 11:01 PM

THE RUNDOWN

Understaffed, yes. Outworked? Hardly.

In what has been a roller coaster ride of a five-game road trip through Canada, the Blue Jackets - missing several regulars due to injury - committed to a simple and efficient game plan tonight against the high-flying Toronto Maple Leafs. They were not going to get involved in a run-and-gun, shoot-out type of game against one of the NHL's best offensive clubs, but they were bought in to the style that's made them successful: getting pucks deep in behind the defense, grinding away on the forecheck and staying disciplined.

Entering the game, Toronto owned the league's second-best power play unit and armed with some of the game's top scoring talent, it wasn't hard to see why. The Blue Jackets didn't give them any ammunition, and for the most part, kept the game at even strength en route to a 6-0 victory at the Air Canada Centre.

They closed out the five-game trip with a 3-2-0 record and played solid hockey with the exception of two clunkers in Edmonton and Vancouver. Sergei Bobrovsky, who struggled at times on the trip, bounced back and was poised between the pipes for Columbus; he picked up his first shutout of the season and fifth as a Blue Jacket in the team's 24th game of the season.

Cam Atkinson started the scoring palooza midway through the first period, cashing in on a cross-crease pass from line mate Matt Calvert. RJ Umberger followed it up 20 seconds later by crashing the net and giving the Jackets a 2-0 lead, quieting the Leafs crowd after some great work down low by Ryan Murray.

And in a second period that hasn't been kind to them throughout this season, the Blue Jackets tacked on two more; Jack Skille's first as a Blue Jacket made it 3-0 and Murray's third of the year pushed the lead to 4-0 on the power play.

Johansen scored a pair of goals in the third period to cap off a three-point night. He now owns the Jackets' goal-scoring lead with eight on the season.

PIVOTAL MOMENT

There wasn't a true tipping point tonight, but Murray's power play goal took the Maple Leafs completely out of the game. Once the Blue Jackets that four-goal cushion into the third period, it was all she wrote from the Air Canada Centre.

THREE STARS

1. RYAN JOHANSEN (CBJ)

Two goals, an assist, nearly 20 minutes of ice time, five shots on goal...not a bad night at the office for Johansen, who continues to play well and blossom into a top role for the Jackets. His eight goals lead the team and with 16 points, he's two behind Wisniewski for the team lead.

2. SERGEI BOBROVSKY (CBJ)

Finally, Bobrovsky has his first shutout of the season. It wasn't flashy or spectacular by any means, but he got the job done tonight for the Blue Jackets. Bobrovsky made 18 saves including a couple of really good ones early in the first period.

3. RYAN MURRAY (CBJ)

Outstanding game for the Jackets' young defenseman tonight. He played over 20 minutes again, registered a goal and an assist and formed a solid pairing with regular partner James Wisniewski.

UP NEXT

vs. NASHVILLE PREDATORS

WEDNESDAY, 7 P.M.

NATIONWIDE ARENA

Scoring Summary
1st Period
10:18CBJ Cam Atkinson (6) ASST: Matt Calvert (1), Artem Anisimov (4) 1 - 0 CBJ
10:38CBJ R.J. Umberger (6) ASST: Mark Letestu (7), Ryan Murray (3) 2 - 0 CBJ
2nd Period
03:07CBJ Jack Skille (1) ASST: Mark Letestu (8) 3 - 0 CBJ
06:25CBJ PPG - Ryan Murray (3) ASST: Ryan Johansen (8), James Wisniewski (15) 4 - 0 CBJ
3rd Period
09:05CBJ Ryan Johansen (7) ASST: Nick Foligno (6) 5 - 0 CBJ
11:24CBJ PPG - Ryan Johansen (8) ASST: Nick Foligno (7), James Wisniewski (16) 6 - 0 CBJ
Three Stars of the Game
Ryan Johansen
1st
Ryan Johansen
C
G: 2Shots: 5
A: 1Hits: 2
PTS: 3PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 19:48
Sergei Bobrovsky
2nd
Sergei Bobrovsky
G
SA: 18TOI: 59:58
GA: 0EV: 17-17
PIM: 0PP: 1-1
SV%: 1.000SH: 0-0
Ryan Murray
3rd
Ryan Murray
D
G: 1Shots: 1
A: 1Hits: 0
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 3TOI: 20:41
Penalty Summary
1st Period
06:11CBJ Nikita Nikitin  Hooking against  Nikolay Kulemin
2nd Period
05:20TOR Jake Gardiner  Hooking against  Jack Skille
3rd Period
09:28TOR Mark Fraser  Fighting (maj) against  Dalton Prout
09:28CBJ Dalton Prout  Fighting (maj) against  Mark Fraser
09:28TOR Mark Fraser  Cross checking against  Michael Chaput
10:50TOR Dion Phaneuf  Illegal Check To Head against  Artem Anisimov
15:50TOR Nazem Kadri  Fighting (maj) against  Matt Calvert
15:50CBJ Matt Calvert  Fighting (maj) against  Nazem Kadri
16:27TOR James van Riemsdyk  Hi-sticking against  Jack Johnson
shots by period
PeriodCBJTOR
1st75
2nd87
3rd76
Total2218
Team Stats
CategoryCBJTOR
Power Plays2/40/1
Hits4337
Faceoff Wins2824
Giveaways1018
Takeaways66
Blocked Shots2015
Penalty Minutes1218
  • COLUMBUS
  • TORONTO
#skatersPosGA+/-SPIMTOI
5J. SkilleR1011010:35
6N. NikitinD001125:36
7J. JohnsonD0000023:31
11M. CalvertL0120516:55
13C. AtkinsonR1015016:15
14B. ComeauL0013014:36
18R. UmbergerC1011017:25
19R. JohansenC2115019:48
21J. WisniewskiD0231021:08
27R. MurrayD1131020:41
38B. JennerC0001018:55
39M. ChaputC000009:09
42A. AnisimovC0111015:29
47D. ProutD0010511:32
51F. TyutinD0001021:56
55M. LetestuC0221015:56
58D. SavardD0010017:44
71N. FolignoL0210020:51
#GoaliesSvSASv%TOI
72S. Bobrovsky18181.00059:58
#skatersPosGA+/-SPIMTOI
2M. FraserD00-20715:45
3D. PhaneufD0001223:08
4C. FransonD00-12019:19
11J. McClementC0002013:03
12M. RaymondL0001016:28
19J. LupulL00-11011:57
21J. van RiemsdykL00-22218:09
22J. SmithsonC00-10012:18
28C. OrrR00-1007:48
36C. GunnarssonD00-11018:31
38F. McLarenL00-1106:18
41N. KuleminL0000012:12
42T. BozakC00-21020:32
43N. KadriC00-10517:44
44M. RiellyD00-21019:46
51J. GardinerD00-22223:49
71D. ClarksonR00-12016:17
81P. KesselR00-21019:55
#GoaliesSvSASv%TOI
34J. Reimer1521.71451:24
45J. Bernier111.0008:36