Blue Jackets rally to defeat Maple Leafs in OT
Columbus goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky had a hard time holding back his smile after a come-from-behind victory over Toronto.
Artemi Panarin scored 3:11 into overtime to help the Blue Jackets overcome a two-goal deficit and beat the Maple Leafs 3-2 on Monday night.
Bobrovsky made 35 saves, including a handful of big ones to keep his team within 2-0 before a third-period rally. Columbus scored twice in the final 4:35 of the third period to set up Panarin’s OT goal, when he took a pass off his skate and kicked it to his stick for the winner.
“Those kind of wins make good atmosphere in the locker-room, lots of energy, lots of happiness,” Bobrovsky said.
Nick Foligno and Pierre-Luc Dubois scored in the third for Columbus. Foligno scored after goalie Frederik Andersen lost a bouncing puck before it found its way behind him, then Dubois tied it with 2:47 left, snapping a wrist shot blocker side on Andersen from the slot.
“We knew if we scored one somehow that it changes momentum,” Blue Jackets coach John Tortorella. “The saves [Andersen] made during the game and that one goes in ... it’s a funny game.”
James van Riemsdyk and William Nylander scored for the Maple Leafs. Andersen stopped 30 shots.
“At least 50 minutes or so we played great, I think we could have put it away in the third and we didn’t. Then they get a good bounce and, yeah, it’s tied up,” Andersen said.
Andersen kept the Leafs in it long enough for van Riemsdyk to open the scoring at 11:09 of the second period, deflecting Roman Polak’s point shot past Bobrovsky for his 18th goal.
Nylander doubled the lead on the power play with 3:58 to go in the second, shooting a wrist shot over the glove of a screened Bobrovsky for his ninth.
Blue Jackets forward Sonny Milano left the game in the second period with an upper-body injury.