Facebook Twitter Instagram Desksite Tumblr
Blue Jackets
Maple Leafs

Game Recap

Blue Jackets 3, Maple Leafs 2

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:50 AM

Associated Press

Share with your Friends

Blue Jackets 3, Maple Leafs 2
Columbus Blue Jackets 3, Toronto Maple Leafs 2

TORONTO (AP) - Rick Nash and the Columbus Blue Jackets made themselves right at home at Air Canada Centre.

"To come into Toronto and finally win one in regulation with all my friends and family here, it's pretty special," Nash, from nearby Brampton, said after a 3-2 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Thursday night.

Kristian Huselius scored twice, R.J. Umberger added the winner on a third-period power play, and Nash and Antoine Vermette each had two assists.

Umberger scored his 11th goal of the season at 3:34 of the third. With Joey Crabb off for holding, Umberger tipped Nash's wrist shot past goalie Jonas Gustavsson.

"We needed this," Blue Jackets coach Scott Arneil said. "We're leaving on a big road trip out West. To get a road win here kind of helps us a little bit in that direction."

Nikolai Kulemin and Tyler Bozak scored for the Maple Leafs.

"It's always tough to lose, especially tight games like this," Gustavsson said. "But we can't feel sorry for ourselves. We have to keep going and find a way to win the next game."

The Blue Jackets have won two straight to improve to 19-15-3.

Columbus goalie Steve Mason stopped 20 of 22 shots for the victory, while Gustavsson made 29 saves.

Columbus got off to a quick start in a game highlighted by defensive gaffes and giveaways by Maple Leafs defensemen. Nash looked particularly dangerous early.

However, it was Kulemin who opened the scoring with his 13th of the season on a 2-on-1 with Clarke MacArthur. Toronto Marlies callup Darryl Boyce chipped the puck off the boards to Kulemin, who passed off to MacArthur. The winger held the puck as long as he could before sliding it across the crease to Kulemin, who shoveled it home.

Huselius answered less than 90 seconds later on a clean breakaway from center ice. After Toronto's Phil Kessel gave the puck away in the Columbus zone, the streaking Huselius took a pass, skated in on Gustavsson and beat him through his pads.

Bozak's fifth of the season on the power play restored Toronto's one-goal lead with 18 seconds to play in the period. With Columbus' Rostislav Klesla in the box for boarding, Kessel picked up the puck behind Mason and tapped it to Bozak at the side of the net. Bozak caught Mason looking the wrong way and chipped it in.

The tide began to shift in Columbus' favor in the second period. Without dangerous forward Mikhail Grabovski, whose girlfriend went into labor Thursday, the Maple Leafs were unable to mount much of an attack and were hemmed into their own end much of the period. Columbus outshot Toronto 11-4 in the frame.

Huselius' second goal tied it 6:47 into the period. It was a gift from Toronto Francois Beauchemin, who had trouble with the puck behind his net.

The puck took a funny bounce off the boards on a dump around and deflected off Beauchemin's skate right onto Huselius' stick to the right of Gustavsson. The shifty winger made a quick forehand-backhand move and beat the Toronto goalie.

"Tonight our 'D' had a tough night, handling pucks, misreading rushes and some pretty bad giveaways," Toronto coach Ron Wilson said.

NOTES: Brett Lebda leads all current Toronto players in career assists (8) and points (11) versus Columbus. He was a healthy scratch. ... The Leafs are 2-6-0 on Thursdays this season.

scoring summary
1st Period
Nikolay Kulemin (13) ASST: Clarke MacArthur (19), Darryl Boyce (1)
1 - 0 TOR
Kristian Huselius (7) ASST: Jan Hejda (5), Antoine Vermette (11)
1 - 1 Tie
PPG - Tyler Bozak (5) ASST: Phil Kessel (9)
2 - 1 TOR
2nd Period
Kristian Huselius (8) ASST: Rick Nash (12), Antoine Vermette (12)
2 - 2 Tie
3rd Period
PPG - R.J. Umberger (11) ASST: Rick Nash (13), Kris Russell (6)
3 - 2 CBJ
penalty summary
1st Period
Rostislav Klesla  Boarding against  Joey Crabb
2nd Period
3rd Period
Joey Crabb  Holding against  Rick Nash
Dion Phaneuf  Slashing against  Rick Nash
goalie stats
Steve Mason
Steve Mason
SA: 22TOI: 60:00
Saves: 20EV: 19 - 20
PIM: 0PP: 0 - 1
SV%: .909SH: 1 - 1
Jonas Gustavsson
Jonas Gustavsson
SA: 32TOI: 58:29
Saves: 29EV: 29 - 31
PIM: 0PP: 0 - 1
SV%: .906SH: 0 - 0
Columbusbluejackets.com is the official Web site of the Columbus Blue Jackets. The Columbus Blue Jackets and columbusbluejackets.com are trademarks of The Columbus Blue Jackets Hockey Club.  NHL and the word mark and image of the Stanley Cup are registered trademarks and the NHL Shield and NHL Conference logos are trademarks of the National Hockey League. All NHL logos and marks and NHL team logos and marks as well as all other proprietary materials depicted herein are the property of the NHL and the respective NHL teams and may not be reproduced without the prior written consent of NHL Enterprises, L.P.  Copyright © 2015 Columbus Blue Jackets Hockey Club and the National Hockey League.  All Rights Reserved. View the Columbus Blue Jackets Privacy Policy AdChoices NHL.com Terms of Service
Please use the feedback form if you have any recommendations or comments.