It wasn’t pretty, in fact Mike Babcock said they played bad, but the Toronto Maple Leafs won their fifth straight, and ninth in their last 10 games, defeating the Columbus Blue Jackets 6-3 to wrap up a five-game homestand.
What upset Babcock was the 57 shot the Maple Leafs gave up. Frederik Andersen, as he has done repeatedly, stole two point for his club.
“We didn’t play well but we got two points that are hard to get”, Babcock said in his post-game comments.
It was a night of firsts for the Maple Leafs.
Nazem Kadri had a career high five point night with three goals and two assists. The hat trick was the fourth of his career and he was the second Maple Leafs player to have a five-point game this week, equalling Mitch Marner’s effort on Saturday against Ottawa.
Marner registered a goal and an assist on one of Kadri’s goals, while Patrick Marleau had a goal and two helpers. Dominic Moore had the other Leafs goal.
Nick Foligno collected a pair of goals and an assist, and Jack Johnson also scored for the Blue Jackets.
The Maple Leafs head for the road this weekend as they are in Boston Saturday and Detroit Sunday.
Frederik Andersen is the 13th goalie since 2000 to have a game with 54+ saves pic.twitter.com/IdCRg2rTxr
— Hockey Reference (@hockey_ref) February 15, 2018