In one of the most improbable comebacks in recent memory, the Columbus Blue Jackets were outplayed and outworked, yet still came away with the 3-2 overtime win in Toronto.
After beating Florida 3-2 in a shootout on Monday night, Columbus came out flying looking to make it two in a row. The Blue Jackets seemed to have shocked the rested Maple Leafs with their speed and hustle in the first period. The Leafs were heavily outshot for the better part of this game and once again got into penalty trouble. Luckily Columbus owns the league’s worst power play and failed to capitalize on their chances. Frederik Andersen was unbelievable making big save after big save keeping this game tied until James Van Riesmdyk tipped a Roman Polak shot past Sergei Bobrovsky for the first goal of the game. Columbus continued the pressure but the first line for the Blue Jackets ended up on a long shift which led to Josh Anderson taking a slashing penalty. It didn’t take long on the power play to extend the lead, as William Nylander fired a perfectly placed shot short side on Bobrovsky, showcasing his quick release.
The Leafs looked like they were well on their way to a 2-0 shut out win, as their best period of the game came in the third. The Leafs held Columbus to just four shots in the final frame, and Columbus even went a span of ten minutes without a shot on Andersen. Under five minutes remaining, Columbus got on the board with a greasy goal in the crease which was award to Nick Foligno. A minute forty-eight later Pierre-Luc Dubois would score the equalizer sending this game into overtime. Overtime was awesome per usual with back and forth chances for both teams, including on the final sequence. Sergei Bobrovsky made a big save on a Tyler Bozak breakaway, the play went the other way where Artemi Panarin would eventually score the overtime winner, making the Blue Jackets a perfect 6-0 in the extra frame.
Travis Dermott played in his second game and saw an increase in responsibility and minutes. On Saturday, he played 12 minutes and was the least used defenceman against Vancouver. Last night, he saw his minutes bump up to 16 and a half minutes and even got a shift in overtime. He was initially on the bottom pair with Andreas Borgman, but impressed early on in this game to the point where Babcock put him on his offside with Gardiner on the second pair, which Dermott once again handled with ease. We have seen two good games from the 2nd round pick, and it will be interesting to see where he fits in the second half of the season.
Performance of the night:
For the first time in PuckTalks history we have a repeat winner for performance of the night. Once again for Columbus Seth Jones played a vital part in their comeback victory and earns the performance of the night. Just like the last meeting, Jones played the most of any skater on both teams topping out at just under 28 minutes. He was also involved in the tying and overtime goal, as he stepped in front of the Morgan Rielly pass and went the other way to dish it off the Dubois and then he pushed the pace in overtime with an outlet pass to Werenski who eventually got it over to Panarin. Jones now has 12 points in his last 11 games and continues to evolve into an elite defenceman in the league.
This game was fine to watch for the first two periods with both teams trading chances, and Frederik Andersen making some big time saves. Both Leafs goals were nice in their own way but this game really didn’t get exciting until the first Blue Jackets goal late in the third. The last bit of the game and overtime really helped bump the scale up, giving this game a 3/5.