COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — On the road for the primary time this season, 2 of Toronto’s stars and one newcomer did enough rating to assist keep the Maple Leafs unconquered.
Mitch Marner scored doubly associate degreed accessorial an assist, Auston Matthews had a goal, associate degreed defenseman William Frederick Cody Ceci – UN agency came from Ottawa in an offseason trade – got his initial tally as a Maple Leaf to assist beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 4-1 on weekday night.
Frederik writer created twenty eight saves for Toronto to spoil Columbus’ home opener.
”First one on the road you would like to start out taking part in straightforward,” writer aforementioned. ”We turned it over too repeatedly, however i assumed we tend to did a decent job of sustaining the pressure.”
Cam Atkinson scored for the Blue Jackets in a very sixth straight season opener, the longest active streak within the NHL. Mud Bruneteau of the city Red Wings (1940-45) and Yvon Cournoyer of the metropolis Canadiens (1973-78) additionally scored in six straight.
Joonas Korpisalo, UN agency heritable Columbus’ beginning goalie job once Sergei Bobrovsky was lost to Sunshine State via agency, created twenty five saves.
”Toronto was a good team last year, they seem to be a nice team this year, it shows the speed we tend to have to be compelled to play with,” Columbus defenseman Seth Jones aforementioned. ”It’s solely planning to get quicker from here.”
Toronto smitten initial eight seconds into an influence play within the playing period once Marner beat Korpisalo from the left circle.
”That’s what I worked plenty on this summer, obtaining the puck in my hands and obtaining the shot off faster, not holding onto it and creating pretty plays,” Marner aforementioned. ”Just attempt obtaining it to net.”
Ceci then connected with a articulatio radiocarpea shot 10:35 into the second.
Columbus created it a one-goal game once Atkinson scored later within the play, simply four seconds into a Jackets endeavor. writer came bent swat at a loose puck however whiffed, and Atkinson was there to require advantage of the empty web.
That would be it for the Blue Jackets.
Marner place Toronto up 3-1 early within the third once his shot from move on trickled into the crease and was pushed into net by Korpisalo’s skate.
Matthews got his third goal of the season late within the third on an influence play, shooting from the proper circle.
”I thought we tend to were taking part in pretty sensible once we went up 2-0, got anxious and turned the puck over variety of times, and that they got some momentum,” Maple Leafs coach electro-acoustic transducer Babcock aforementioned. ”But we tend to got ourselves reset in between the second and third and came out and compete well.”
Except for the 5 penalties, the Blue Jackets – UN agency additionally lost star forward Artemi Panarin to agency within the offseason – did not play badly however could not benefit of their offensive opportunities.
”It’s a team you cannot expose the facility play,” Columbus captain Nick Foligno aforementioned. ”We clearly tested that too repeatedly tonight and it value U.S.. apart from that, i actually likable our game. i assumed we tend to did plenty of fine things.”
NOTES: D Morgan Rielly had 3 assists for Toronto….F mythical being Spezza created his Maple Leafs debut when being a healthy scratch in a very season-opening 5-3 over Ottawa on Wednesday night. F Saint Nicholas Shore was damaged. … With 5 rookies, the Blue Jackets have the youngest gap game roll (25.7) for the third time in four seasons. … Sixteen of the players on the Columbus roll were written by the team, the foremost within the NHL. … Toronto recalled F Nic Petan from the Toronto Marlies on weekday and loaned D Timothy Liljegren to the AHL team. … Blue Jackets rookies Emil Bemstrom and Jakob Lilja created their NHL debuts.
Maple Leafs: Host metropolis on Sat night.
Blue Jackets: At urban center on Sat night.