Leafs let one slip away

Artemi Panarin’s 11th goal of the year at 3:11 of overtime gave the Columbus Blue Jackets a 3-2 come-from-behind win over the Toronto Maple Leafs Monday night at the Air Canada Centre in a game that the Maple Leafs were 4:35 away from winning outright.

After a scoreless first period, Toronto scored a pair in the second period to take a 2-0 lead to the dressing room after 40 minutes of play.

James van Riemsdyk with his 18th of the year, and William Nylander – on the power play – with his 9th, were the goal scorers.

Columbus had numerous chances to score in the first two periods, but Frederik Andersen was nothing short of outstanding, making 25 saves to keep the Blue Jackets off the scoreboard.

The Blue Jackets got their first goal of the game on a fluke at 15:25 of the third when Jordan Schroder’s shot from the blue line hit Andersen and went straight up in the air and bounced behind the goalie into the net. It was Schroder’s first goal of the year.

Columbus tied the game 1:48 later when Maple Leafs defenceman Morgan Reilly gave the puck away on an ill-advised attempted stretch pass. Blue Jackets defenceman Seth Jones intercepted the puck and fed it to Pierre-Luc Dubois for his 10th tally of the year.

After being outshot 25-22 in the first two periods the Maple Leafs ended up with 38-33 in overall shots on goal.

The Blue Jackets improved their record to 25-16-3 while the Maple Leafs fell to 26-16-3. The loss snapped a two-game win streak for the Maple Leafs who are 2-2 on their current six-game homestand.

The team hosts the Ottawa Senators on Wednesday. After their five-day break where no team activities are permitted by the league, the Leafs close out the home stretch against the St. Louis Blues on January 16th.