Blue Jackets eliminate Maple Leafs with shutout win in Game 5

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Joonas Korpisalo made 33 saves as the Columbus Blue Jackets beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 3-0 on Sunday to win their best of five qualifying series 3-2.Columbus, the No.9 Eastern Conference seed in the NHL’s 24-team return to his pandemic campaign, will now face the Tampa Bay Lightning in the regular playoff setting. 16 places.

Rookie Liam Foudy Zach Werenski with his first professional goal and Nick Foligno in an empty net scored for the Blue Jackets.

Frederik Andersen has stopped 19 shots for the Leafs, who haven’t won a postseason streak since 2004.

Korpisalo started the first three games of the series, including a Game 1 shutout, before getting shot with his team trailing 3-0 in Game 3, but got the call with Elvis Merzlikins unfit to play.

In the climax of the series accentuated by dramatic swing swings – Toronto fell 4-3 in overtime in Game 3 after losing a three-goal lead before making a stunning comeback after a three-goal deficit in the games. last four minutes of the fourth game to avoid. elimination before winning 4-3 in OT – Columbus opened the scoring at 6:29 of the first period.

After starting in the final period of Game 4 on Friday, Werenski threw a point shot that hit Leafs defenseman Tyson Barrie in front and crossed a surprised Andersen into an empty Scotiabank arena.

Toronto head coach Sheldon Keefe loaded his first line with Auston Matthews, John Tavares and Mitch Marner, and the line buzzed in the attacking zone most of the first two periods. Tavares had his team’s best chance the first 20 minutes, but his hasty shot from a wide open net hit the post and stayed clear.

Leafs winger Ilya Mikheyev grazed the crossbar with a shot earlier in the period, while Blue Jackets forward Alexandre Texier shook Andersen’s mask on the other end.

The Toronto goalie had to be precise early in the second after Justin Holl returned the puck to his side. Foudy had a shot before Oliver Bjorkstrand followed up with two more. Tavares and Matthews then moved closer to Korpisalo and stingy Columbus, while Foligno forced a good pad save in Andersen.

Already without Jake Muzzin after being stretched at the end of Game 2, the Leafs fell to five defensemen soon after when Boone Jenner rocked Barrie in the corner. The Toronto Blue-Liner stayed down for a while and went straight to the locker room.

The Leafs got their first power play when Werenski cross-checked Tavares in the tables, but the Toronto captain and Matthews couldn’t find a way to pass Korpisalo on good chances.

William Nylander forced a good save from Korpisalo early in the third after the Leafs killed a Columbus power play.

Toronto kept pushing, but Foudy made it 2-0 at 11:20 when he landed a shot under Andersen on a play that came to fruition as the Leafs changed.

Leafs winger Andreas Johnsson, who underwent knee surgery in February and was a surprise addition to Toronto’s roster after being activated out of the injured reserve, was robbed by Korpisalo moments later on a great opportunity.

Unlike Friday’s chaotic finish, the Blue Jackets killed the game from there, Foligno freezing him in an empty net, and will now play Tampa – the Presidents’ Trophy-winning team they upset in the first. round of last season with a four game sweep. – in the normal playoff format.

Notes

Toronto will enter Round 2 of the NHL Draft Lottery on Monday with the other seven qualifying round losers, with a 12.5 percent chance of getting the No.1 pick.… Muzzin was watching the game from the stands. … Johnsson replaced rookie Nick Robertson. … Blue Jackets defenseman Ryan Murray returned to the lineup after missing Game 4.

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