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Toronto Maple Leafs center Jason Spezza (19) lands a punch on Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Dean Kukan (46) during the second period of an NHL hockey playoff game Friday, Aug. 7, 2020, in Toronto. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)

Matthews scores power-play goal in OT, Leafs knot series

Aug. 8, 2020 12:22 AM EDT

TORONTO (AP) — The Toronto Maple Leafs rallied from a three-goal deficit in the third period and Auston Matthews scored on a power play 13:10 into overtime to beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 4-3 on Friday night, tying the best-of-five qualifying series at two wins apiece. The Leafs scored three times in...

Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Elvis Merzlikins (90) comes far out of his net to play the puck as Toronto Maple Leafs right wing Kasperi Kapanen (24) chases during the second period of an NHL hockey playoff game  Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020, in Toronto. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP)

Dubois caps hat trick in OT, Blue Jackets put Leafs on brink

Aug. 7, 2020 2:23 AM EDT

TORONTO (AP) — Pierre-Luc Dubois got his third goal of the game 18:24 into overtime, finishing the Columbus Blue Jackets comeback from three goals down to beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 4-3 on Thursday night and take a 2-1 lead in their playoff qualifying series. Dubois got the winner on a rush after...

Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price (31) stays out of the way as Pittsburgh Penguins' Conor Sheary (43) chases Canadiens' Brett Kulak (77) during first period NHL Eastern Conference Stanley Cup playoff action in Toronto on Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)

Not just Price is right: Canadiens have Penguins on brink

Aug. 7, 2020 1:07 AM EDT

It seemed like any hope the Montreal Canadiens had of beating the Pittsburgh Penguins rested on the shoulders of goaltender Carey Price. Price has shouldered a big load in net, but he's not the only reason the high-powered Penguins are on the brink of elimination, down 2-1 in the best-of-five qualifying round...

Minnesota Wild's Eric Staal (12) battles against Vancouver Canucks' Jay Beagle (83) during the first period of an NHL hockey playoff game Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020 in Edmonton, Alberta. (Codie McLachlan/The Canadian Press via AP)

Fan-free playoff hockey still proving plenty intense

Aug. 5, 2020 8:17 PM EDT

Staging games in empty arenas after a virus-forced hiatus of more than four months, the NHL skated into this unprecedented postseason with plenty of questions about just how intense the action on the ice would be. Four days into a most unusual Stanley Cup tournament, this much is clear: Playoff hockey is still...

Medical staff surround Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Jake Muzzin as he lays on the ice waiting to be placed on a stretcher as they play against the Columbus Blue Jackets during the third period of an NHL hockey playoff game  Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020 in Toronto. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP)

Leafs' Muzzin out of the hospital, will not return in series

Aug. 5, 2020 12:12 PM EDT

TORONTO (AP) — Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Jake Muzzin has been discharged from the hospital and is back at the team’s hotel, and will not return to the lineup during Toronto’s playoff qualification series with the Columbus Blue Jackets. The Maple Leafs said in a statement that Muzzin will...

Toronto Maple Leafs center Auston Matthews (34) celebrates his goal with teammates Justin Holl (3) and Zach Hyman (11) as Columbus Blue Jackets right wing Oliver Bjorkstrand (28) skates by during second period NHL Eastern Conference Stanley Cup playoff action in Toronto on Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP)

Maple Leafs shut out Blue Jackets 3-0 to even playoff series

Aug. 4, 2020 8:06 PM EDT

TORONTO (AP) — Auston Matthews and John Tavares scored and the Toronto Maple Leafs beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 3-0 on Tuesday to even their best-of-five qualifying series at one game. Toronto defenseman Jake Muzzin was taken off the ice on a stretcher with 1:52 left in the game after his head made...

Columbus Blue Jackets right wing Cam Atkinson (13) celebrates his goal as Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Morgan Rielly (44) skates nearby during the third period of an NHL hockey playoff game in Toronto, Sunday, Aug. 2, 2020. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP)

Korpisalo shuts out Maple Leafs 2-0 in first playoff start

Aug. 2, 2020 11:38 PM EDT

TORONTO (AP) — Joonas Korpisalo stopped 28 shots in his first playoff start, Cam Atkinson scored early in the third period and the Columbus Blue Jackets beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 2-0 on Sunday night in Game 1 of their best-of-five qualifying round series. Korpisalo, who got the nod over rookie Elvis...

The Boston Bruins and the Columbus Blue Jackets stand together for the national anthems prior to NHL hockey exhibition game action in Toronto, Thursday, July 30, 2020. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)

Game On: NHL restart a small step toward return to normalcy

Jul. 31, 2020 2:56 AM EDT

TORONTO (AP) — NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman took a short break from watching the final few exhibition games Thursday to ponder the significance of awarding the Stanley Cup some two months from now — should all go as planned. The magnitude of the task it took to simply reach the cusp of resuming...

FILE - In this Oct. 5, 2019, file photo, Columbus Blue Jackets head coach John Tortorella objects to a call during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Pittsburgh Penguins in Pittsburgh. The Blue Jackets’ body-banging, shot-blocking, harassing defensive style frustrated the offensively gifted Tampa Bay Lightning in a stunning first-round playoff sweep last year. Now, after a long break and hurried training camp, the Blue Jackets will see if they can summon that kind of intensity again in a playoff situation. This time it is the Toronto Maple Leafs, another team that relies heavily on a cadre of goal-scoring stars to make the difference. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)

Clash of styles: Columbus, Toronto face off in short series

Jul. 28, 2020 1:37 PM EDT

The Columbus Blue Jackets’ body-banging, shot-blocking, harassing defensive style frustrated the offensively gifted Tampa Bay Lightning in a stunning first-round playoff sweep last year. After a long break and hurried training camp, the Blue Jackets now will see if they can summon that kind of intensity...

Columbus Blue Jackets' Joonas Korpisalo, of Finland, runs a drill during the NHL hockey team's practice Monday, July 20, 2020, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)

Korpi or Elvis? Blue Jackets running goaltender derby again

Jul. 22, 2020 1:14 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — When the season began, no one in the Columbus Blue Jackets organization was sure either one of the two top goaltenders could be an everyday starter in the NHL. Joonas Korpisalo and Elvis Merzlikins seized on their opportunities to play, and the tandem helped lift the injury-ravaged...