Foligno, Jen­ner lead Blue Jack­ets over Leafs


The Hamilton Spectator - - SPORTS - MITCH STACY COLUM­BUS, OHIO

— Nick Foligno and Boone Jen­ner each scored a goal, backup goalie Joonas Kor­pisalo made 31 saves and the Colum­bus Blue Jack­ets beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 5-2 on Wed­nes­day night.

Josh An­der­son, Oliver Bjork­strand and Matt Calvert also scored, and Alexan­der Wennberg, Zach Weren­ski and Seth Jones had a pair of as­sists each for the Blue Jack­ets. Colum­bus moved into a tie with Pitts­burgh for se­cond place in the Met­ro­pol­i­tan Divi­sion 2 days be­fore the Pen­guins visit Na­tion­wide Arena.

Nazem Kadri scored both goals for Toronto, and Cur­tis McEl­hin­ney blocked 30 shots — McEl­hin­ney was waived by the Blue Jack­ets ear­lier this sea­son af­ter back­ing up Sergei Bo­brovsky the past few sea­sons. Josh Leivo as­sisted on both goals for the Maple Leafs, who squan­dered a chance to move ahead of Ot­tawa and Bos­ton for se­cond place in the At­lantic Divi­sion.

An­der­son started the scor­ing by pok­ing in a re­bound from the blue paint 4:30 into the game. The call was de­layed while of­fi­cials looked at the video re­play to make sure McEl­hin­ney wasn’t pushed out of the way by a Colum­bus player. It was An­der­son’s 11th goal of the sea­son and his first in 15 games.

Later in the first pe­riod, Jen­ner scored by push­ing in the re­bound from a shot by Weren­ski.

Bjork­strand got a break­away from just in­side the blue line af­ter a steal by Bran­don Saad and scored 1:32 into the se­cond. Bjork­strand was called up from Cleve­land in the Amer­i­can Hockey League on Tues­day to re­place Scott Hart­nell, who was in­jured in Mon­day’s game against the New York Rangers.

Foligno scored on a power play mid­way through the se­cond. Weren­ski launched a wrist shot from the high slot that glanced off Foligno’s thigh on the way in. Foligno got credit for the goal, and Weren­ski his se­cond as­sist of the game. The Blue Jack­ets, who led the NHL in power-play per­cent­age for much of the sea­son, scored with a man ad­van­tage for the first time in 10 games, end­ing an 0-for-16 drought.


Colum­bus goalie Joonas Kor­pisalo stops a shot against Maple Leafs for­ward Leo Ko­marov as Blue Jack­ets de­fence­man Seth Jones de­fends dur­ing the first pe­riod in Colum­bus, Ohio, Wed­nes­day.

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