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, Ohio (AP) Backup goaltender Joonas Korpisalo
helped the Columbus Blue Jackets put a distressing loss at Boston behind
them.

Returning home Wednesday night, Columbus topped the Toronto Maple Leafs 4-2,
with Korpisalo stopping 39 shots in one of his strongest games of the
season.

Korpisalo played in just his eighth game, starting in place of Sergei
Bobrovsky on the first night of a back-to-back.

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”The guy that is the second goalie not only needs to play the games but needs
to win games if we want to get where we want to go in April,” Columbus coach
John Tortorella said. ”Korpi has found his way here.”

Seth Jones had a goal and an assist for the Blue Jackets, who never trailed
in snapping a two-game losing streak – including the 7-2 rout at the hands of
the Bruins two days ago. They moved into a tie for second place in a traffic jam
of teams battling for the top spot in the tough Metropolitan Division.

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, Pierre-Luc Dubois and Alexander Wennberg
also scored for Columbus, and Cam Atkinson had two assists.

”I thought the guys were really dialed in before the game,” Korpisalo
said.

Jake Gardiner scored in the second period and Mitchell Marner added another
goal in the third for Toronto (21-14-1), which has lost four of its last
five.

Former Blue Jackets goalie Curtis McElhinney, starting for Toronto in place
of Frederik Andersen on the second leg of a back-to-back, had 33 saves.

”I just thought we didn’t compete hard enough http://www.carolinapanthersteamonline.com/rashaan-gaulden-jersey ,”
Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock said. ”Their team competed harder than us. There
was no reason for us not to be ready here today.”

Sedak opened the scoring for the Blue Jackets (21-13-1) in the first period.
Matt Calvert gathered in the puck in the right corner and fired out to Sedlak,
who spun and snapped it in off McElhinney’s hip at the 12:57 mark.

Jones got a short-handed goal with 1:15 left in the period. He intercepted a
pass in the defensive zone, carried the puck all the way and back and wristed it
past McElhinney’s glove for his sixth of the season.

”We needed to get our confidence back, I think, and that starts with just
making simple plays,” Jones said.

The Maple Leafs cut it to 2-1 at 4:26 into the second period after William
Nylander knocked down a Columbus pass and set up Gardiner with a nice
circle-to-circle pass.

The Blue Jackets answered with a power-play goal http://www.tampabaybuccaneersteamonline.com/vita-vea-jersey ,
with Cam Atkinson shoveling a rebound out from the back wall to Dubois, who
tapped it in. Jones also picked up a helper on the goal.

Wennberg capped the scoring for Columbus in the third period, with Atkinson
getting his second assist. Marner then made it 4-2 with about three minutes
left.

The Maple Leafs were without top-scorer Auston Matthews, who missed his sixth
game with an upper-body injury.

”We’re not as good without (Matthews), obviously, but I didn’t think that
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to be honest,” Babcock said.

Top-line defenseman Zach Werenski sat out with an undisclosed injury for
Columbus. Markus Nutivaara skated next to Jones in his place.

NOTES: Jones has three goals in the last four games…Scratches for the Maple
Leafs were F Josh Leivo and D Martin Maraincin….Columbus recalled D Gabriel
Carlsson from Cleveland (AHL) Wednesday, a day after sending F Tyler Motte back
down…The Dubois goal was a rare power-play tally for Columbus, which is worst in
the NHL with a man advantage. He has four goals and six assists in the last 14
games.

UPCOMING:

Toronto: At the New York Rangers on Saturday night.

Columbus: At Pittsburgh on Thursday night.

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