Monday, November 30

Columbus Blue Jackets

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Leafs face elimination against Blue Jackets in Game 4 – The Canadian News

It wouldn't be considered a nuisance on the lines of last spring's Stanley Cup playoff opening round victory over league-leading Tampa Bay Lightning, but the Columbus Blue Jackets want it so much. After the Blue Jackets defeated the Maple Leafs 4-3 in overtime on Thursday, erasing a three-goal deficit en route to victory in Toronto, Columbus has a chance to eliminate Toronto on Friday night. The Blue Jackets lead the best of five Eastern Conference qualifying series 2-1 and will go for the kill in hopes of advancing to the Stanley Cup tournament. This year's edition of the Blue Jackets is considerably different from the team that sent the regular-season champion Lightning into the 2019 playoffs, but it has a combination of experience to go with youthful exuberance. "I'm not s...
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Leafs, Blue Jackets face off in Game 3 of the qualifying series – The Canadian News

After swapping shutouts in the first two games of their Eastern Conference best-of-five qualifying series, the Toronto Maple Leafs and Columbus Blue Jackets look to generate more offenses in Game 3 Thursday in Toronto. The Maple Leafs bounced back from a 2-0 loss in Game 1 with a dominant 3-0 victory in Game 2, beating Columbus by a 39-20 margin and controlling the majority of the game. Goalkeeper Joonas Korpisalo remained almost unaided by the Jackets in the game, stopping 36 of 38 shots. Auston Matthews' goal at 4:00 pm in the second period, however, finally returned dividends under constant pressure from Toronto. "Today I thought we had put in a lot of effort since the beginning of the game," said Toronto head coach Sheldon Keefe. "Some loose records were available, they...
Leafs’ Matthews honoured with Lady Byng nomination, but could be “more physical in general”
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Leafs’ Matthews honoured with Lady Byng nomination, but could be “more physical in general”

Auston Matthews’ propensity for avoiding the penalty box while performing at a high level has been recognized by the Professional Hockey Writers Association.The Maple Leafs star, along with Nathan MacKinnon of the Colorado Avalanche and Ryan O’Reilly of the St. Louis Blues, has been voted as one of the three finalists for the 2019-20 Lady Byng Memorial Trophy.All three centres are deserving of the award, which goes “to the player adjudged to have exhibited the best type of sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct combined with a high standard of playing ability.”During a Zoom call on Thursday, Matthews acknowledged the honour in being voted as a Lady Byng finalist — he mentioned being a fan of former Detroit Red Wings star Pavel Datsyuk, who won the Lady Byng four times — but copped...