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Jackets dump Leafs


COLUMBUS, Ohio—Joonas Korpisalo has been shuttled between Columbus and the Blue Jackets' AHL affiliate in Cleveland quite a bit this season.

Maybe now, coach John Tortorella will let him stick around.

The back-up goalie made 31 saves, and Nick Foligno and Boone Jenner had a goal each, as the Blue Jackets dumped the Toronto Maple Leafs 5-2 last night.

With the win, Columbus moved into a tie for second place with Pittsburgh in the Metropolitan Division.

The Penguins visit tomorrow night in what's likely to be a playoff atmosphere at Nationwide Arena.

Josh Anderson, Oliver Bjorkstrand, and Matt Calvert also scored against the Leafs while Alexander Wennberg, Zach Werenski, and Seth Jones all had a pair of assists.

“I thought the lines had more balance tonight right on through,” Tortorella said.

“Every line contributed.”

Nazem Kadri scored both goals for Toronto while Curtis McElhinney stopped 30 shots.

It was a homecoming for McElhinney, who was waived by the Blue Jackets earlier this season after backing up Sergei Bobrovsky the past few years.

Josh Leivo assisted on both goals for the Maple Leafs, who squandered a chance to move ahead of both Ottawa and Boston for second place in the Atlantic Division.

The Blue Jackets led 2-0 after the first period and took a 4-1 advantage into the third.

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

“I think our first two periods were really good,” Werenski noted.

“[We] kind of pulled our foot off the gas there in the third, but they're a good team and they made their push,” he noted.

“I think we did a good job of weathering the storm there, so I thought it was a good 60 minutes for us.”

Elsewhere in the NHL, Calgary beat Philadelphia 3-1, St. Louis blanked Detroit 2-0, and Florida topped San Jose 6-5 (OT).

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