Maple Leafs Jump into Third Place in Atlantic Division

Maple Leafs Jump into Third Place in Atlantic Division

COLUMBUS -- The Toronto Maple Leafs moved into third place in the Atlantic Division with a 5-2 win against the Columbus Blue Jackets at Nationwide Arena on Wednesday.

Nazem Kadri scored his 30th goal of the season for Toronto (34-23-15), which moved one point ahead of the Boston Bruins. The Maple Leafs are 6-1-1 in their past eight games.

"Coming into a hostile building, it's a great team we're facing in Columbus," Kadri said. "They do a lot of good things well, so we had to play a structured game."

Joonas Korpisalo made 27 saves for Columbus (47-19-6), which could have tied the Washington Capitals for first place in the Metropolitan Division and NHL with a win. The Blue Jackets, who had won four in a row, are third in the division, one point behind the Pittsburgh Penguins. Columbus plays at Washington on Thursday.

William Nylander gave Toronto a 3-2 lead at 13:23 of the second period with a breakaway goal.

"We can't let him get behind us when it's 2-2," Columbus coach John Tortorella said. "That one hurt. We needed to at least go into the third period even."

The goal came after Columbus scored twice in the second to tie the score.

Read more: https://www.nhl.com/news/toronto-maple-leafs-columbus-blue-jackets-game-recap/c-287990392

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