Goal Analysis – Maple Leafs vs. Blue Jackets Play-In Game #2

Tonight’s game against the Blue Jackets might have been the Leafs first or second best playoff game in the Shanaplan era. The Leafs thoroughly outplayed the Blue Jackets from start to finish, outshooting the Blue Jackets 39-20. Joonas Korpisalo was stellar once again, but the Leafs stuck to their game plan and were finally rewarded.
Link to the post-game highlight package can be found here.
Maple Leafs 1st Goal – Auston Matthews (Assist Hyman)

Let’s goooooo #LeafsForever pic.twitter.com/u8yFj6qpKr
— Toronto Maple Leafs (@MapleLeafs) August 4, 2020

The Leafs gather up the puck in their own end after a scoring chance by the Blue Jackets and Matthews leads the three-on-two fast break the other way. As Matthews approaches the blueline, he sends the puck over to Hyman and then books it towards the front of the net. Hyman makes a hard pass back over to Matthews, who redirects the puck past Korpisalo’s blocker.
This was one of the rare times where Seth Jones was not on the ice against the Matthews line. The Blue Jackets instead had Murray-Werenski out, but on this goal, Oliver Bjorkstrand (#28) ends up having to play defense after Werenski pinched …

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Author: Brendan Mori / The Leafs Nation

5 Thoughts from Tonight’s 4-1 Win in Columbus

Tonight the Leafs took on the Columbus Blue Jackets on the road for the second game of the 2019-20 season, and it was quite a thrilling win for them. They took this game 4-1 and mostly looked in control, other than some scrambly defensive zone shifts. But it wouldn’t be the Toronto Maple Leafs without that, right?
Here are some thoughts from the game to summarize how it went,
Frederik Andersen is back
Freddy had a bit of a rough game last night, allowing 3 goals on just 26 shots, in a game that the Leafs really controlled from a shots perspective. However, the defense was shaky in front of him, and his constant success in Toronto was bound to appear.
It’s only surprising that it has appeared so soon. We’ve gotten used to some rough October’s from Andersen, but tonight was a really impressive performance for a goalie who’s always been impressive. There were some really messy battles in front and other than one where he got caught in the middle of nowhere, he handled them expertly.

Cam Atkinson scores off the draw. 2-1 Leafs. #LeafsForever pic.twitter.com/3XHKKHowpR
— Maple Leafs Hotstove (@LeafsNews) October 5, 2019

Columbus …

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Author: Ryan Hobart / The Leafs Nation