Columbus
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Toronto
Maple Leafs
38-36-8

22 SOG
18 SOG
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game recap

Johansen, Blue Jackets rout Maple Leafs

Monday, 11.25.2013 / 11:01 PM

Rob Mixer - BlueJackets.com

Three Stars of the Game
Ryan Johansen
1st
G: 2Shots: 5
A: 1Hits: 2
PTS: 3PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 19:48
Sergei Bobrovsky
2nd
SA: 18TOI: 59:58
GA: 0EV: 17-17
PIM: 0PP: 1-1
SV%: 1.000SH: 0-0
Ryan Murray
3rd
G: 1Shots: 1
A: 1Hits: 0
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 3TOI: 20:41

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
10:18
CBJ
Cam Atkinson (6) Wrist shot - ASST: Matt Calvert (1), Artem Anisimov (4)
1 - 0 CBJ
10:38
CBJ
RJ Umberger (6) Snap shot - ASST: Mark Letestu (7), Ryan Murray (3)
2 - 0 CBJ
2nd Period
03:07
CBJ
Jack Skille (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Mark Letestu (8)
3 - 0 CBJ
06:25
CBJ
PPG - Ryan Murray (3) Wrist shot - ASST: Ryan Johansen (8), James Wisniewski (15)
4 - 0 CBJ
3rd Period
09:05
CBJ
Ryan Johansen (7) Snap shot - ASST: Nick Foligno (6)
5 - 0 CBJ
11:24
CBJ
PPG - Ryan Johansen (8) Wrist shot - ASST: Nick Foligno (7), James Wisniewski (16)
6 - 0 CBJ
penalty summary
1st Period
06:11
CBJ
Nikita Nikitin  Hooking against  Nikolai Kulemin
2nd Period
05:20
TOR
Jake Gardiner  Hooking against  Jack Skille
3rd Period
09:28
TOR
Mark Fraser  Fighting (maj) against  Dalton Prout
09:28
CBJ
Dalton Prout  Fighting (maj) against  Mark Fraser
09:28
TOR
Mark Fraser  Cross checking against  Michael Chaput
10:50
TOR
Dion Phaneuf  Illegal Check To Head against  Artem Anisimov
15:50
TOR
Nazem Kadri  Fighting (maj) against  Matt Calvert
15:50
CBJ
Matt Calvert  Fighting (maj) against  Nazem Kadri
16:27
TOR
James van Riemsdyk  Hi-sticking against  Jack Johnson
goalie stats
Sergei Bobrovsky
SA: 18TOI: 59:58
Saves: 18EV: 17 - 17
PIM: 0PP: 1 - 1
SV%: 1.000SH: 0 - 0
James Reimer
James Reimer
6-3-0
SA: 21TOI: 51:24
Saves: 15EV: 11 - 15
PIM: 0PP: 4 - 6
SV%: .714SH: 0 - 0
Jonathan Bernier
Jonathan Bernier
SA: 1TOI: 8:36
Saves: 1EV: 0 - 0
PIM: 0PP: 1 - 1
SV%: 1.000SH: 0 - 0
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