Joonas Korpisalo made 33 saves because the Columbus Blue Jackets defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs 3-Zero on Sunday to win their best-of-five qualifying spherical collection 3-2.
Columbus, the No. 9 seed within the Jap Convention as a part of the NHL’s 24-team restart to its pandemic-hit marketing campaign, will now face the Tampa Bay Lightning within the traditional 16-slot playoff bracket.
Zach Werenski, rookie Liam Foudy, along with his first skilled aim, and Nick Foligno, into an empty internet, scored for the Blue Jackets.
Frederik Andersen stopped 19 photographs for the Leafs, who have not received a post-season collection since 2004.
Korpisalo began the primary three video games of the collection, together with a Sport 1 shutout, earlier than getting pulled along with his group trailing 3-Zero in Sport 3, however obtained the decision with Elvis Merzlikins unfit to play.
Within the climax of collection accented by dramatic momentum swings — Toronto fell 4-Three in time beyond regulation in Sport Three after blowing a three-goal lead earlier than staging a surprising comeback from a three-goal deficit within the ultimate 4 minutes of Sport Four to stave off elimination previous to successful 4-Three in OT — Columbus opened the scoring at 6:29 of the primary interval.
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After leaving within the ultimate interval of Friday’s Sport 4, Werenski floated a shot from the purpose that hit Leafs defenceman Tyson Barrie in entrance and sailed previous a shocked Andersen inside an empty Scotiabank Enviornment.
Toronto head coach Sheldon Keefe loaded up his high line with Auston Matthews, John Tavares and Mitch Marner, and the trio was buzzing within the offensive zone a lot of the first two intervals. Tavares had his group’s finest probability of the opening 20 minutes, however his rushed shot at a wide-open internet hit the publish and stayed out.
Leafs winger Ilya Mikheyev grazed the crossbar with a shot earlier within the interval, whereas Blue Jackets ahead Alexandre Texier rattled Andersen’s masks on the different finish.
The Toronto netminder needed to be sharp early the second after Justin Holl turned the puck over in his personal finish. Foudy had one shot earlier than Oliver Bjorkstrand adopted up with two extra. Tavares and Matthews then got here shut on Korpisalo and stingy Columbus, whereas Foligno pressured a great pad cease out of Andersen.
Already with out Jake Muzzin after he was stretchered off late in Sport 2, the Leafs went down to 5 defenceman not lengthy after when Boone Jenner rocked Barrie within the nook. The Toronto blue-liner stayed down for time and went straight to the locker room.
The Leafs obtained their first energy play when Werenski crosschecked Tavares into the boards, however each the Toronto captain and Matthews could not discover a means by means of Korpisalo on good probabilities.
William Nylander pressured a great save out of Korpisalo early within the third after the Leafs killed a Columbus energy play.
Toronto continued to push, however Foudy made it 2-Zero at 11:20 when he snuck a shot below Andersen on a play that materialized out of nothing because the Leafs had been altering.
Leafs winger Andreas Johnsson, who underwent knee surgical procedure in February and was a shock addition to the Toronto setup after being activated off injured reserve, was robbed by Korpisalo moments in a while a terrific alternative.
In contrast to Friday’s chaotic end, the Blue Jackets killed the sport off from there, with Foligno icing it into an empty internet, and can now play Tampa — the Presidents’ Trophy-winning group they upset in final season’s first spherical with a four-game sweep — within the regular playoff format.
Toronto can be a part of the second section of the NHL draft lottery Monday with the seven different losers from the qualifying spherical, with a 12.5 per cent probability of securing the No. 1 choose. … Muzzin watched the sport from the stands. … Johnsson took the place of rookie Nick Robertson. … Blue Jackets defenceman Ryan Murray returned to the lineup after lacking Sport 4.