Blue Jackets hold on to edge Maple Leafs
TORONTO- Artem Anisimov scored for the third straight game as the visiting Blue Jackets snapped the Toronto Maple Leafs' seven-game home winning streak.
Defenseman Dalton Prout netted his first goal of the season as the Jackets completed a sweep of their three-game season series against the Leafs. Sergei Bobrovsky turned aside 28 shots and came within 4:15 of blanking Toronto for the second time this season.
Mason Raymond scored late in the third period for Toronto, which had its overall winless drought reach three games (0-1-2). James Reimer, making his first start since Jan. 25, made 31 saves.
Prout snapped the scoreless tie midway through the second period with a blast from the right point that beat a screened Reimer, ending Prout's 33-game drought dating to last season. Anisimov doubled the lead less than three minutes later, scrambling to his feet after absorbing a hard check and beating a stickless Reimer with a wrist shot from the right side of the net.
Raymond gave the Maple Leafs hope with his third goal in five games, spoiling Bobrovsky's shutout bid with a high shot from the right faceoff circle, but Toronto was unable to get the equalizer. The Maple Leafs came within inches of scoring in the first period as Phil Kessel's shot trickled through the pads of Bobrovsky but the puck spun at the goal line before Ryan Johansen swept it away.