Nyquist, Blue Jackets top Maple Leafs on penalty shot in OT
Gustav Nyquist scored on a penalty shot 1:57 into overtime, and the Columbus Blue Jackets defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs 4-3 at Scotiabank Arena on Monday.
Nyquist was awarded the penalty shot after being hooked by Mitchell Marner while on a breakaway.
“It feels great,” Nyquist said. “Obviously we had lost two overtime games in a row coming into this game so it’s nice to be on the winning side for once. … It was nice I was able to put that one in on the penalty shot.”
Riley Nash, Pierre-Luc Dubois and Alexander Wennberg scored, Nick Foligno had two assists, and Joonas Korpisalo made 28 saves for the Blue Jackets (4-3-2), who are 3-0-2 in their past five games.
“I thought after we went up two it got kind of sloppy for us,” Blue Jackets defenseman Zach Werenski said of Columbus taking a 2-0 lead 5:52 into the first period on its first two shots. “They fought back and tied it up and took the lead there late in the second, and we just kept fighting and ended up tying it up and found a way to win, so that’s the most important thing. To find a way to win on the road after four games in six nights, it was really good for our group.”
They said it
“We worked hard for each other tonight, and we talked about making sure we stayed on the right side of people tonight defensively, and I think we did that for the most part. I also think Korpisalo made some big-league saves on some Grade A opportunities, so he certainly kept us in the game too.” — Blue Jackets forward Gustav Nyquist
“After a while, it’s nobody else. Own it and get on with it. It’s just putting your stick on people. It’s on us.” — Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock on Toronto taking 15 penalties in the past three games, including six against the Blue Jackets
Need to know
Nyquist became the first player in Blue Jackets history to score on a penalty shot in overtime. … Columbus scored on the power play, shorthanded and on a penalty shot for the second time in its history (7-3 loss at the Nashville Predators on Dec. 17, 2005). … Matthews tied Ted Kennedy for the most goals with the Maple Leafs before turning 23 years old (119). Matthews, who will turn 23 on Sept. 17, accomplished it in 41 fewer games. … Toronto center John Tavares missed his second straight game with a broken finger.
Blue Jackets: Host the Carolina Hurricanes on Thursday (7 p.m. ET; FS-O, FS-CR, NHL.TV)
Maple Leafs: At the Boston Bruins on Tuesday (7 p.m. ET; ESPN+, TVAS, NESN, TSN4, NHL.TV)
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