This had the makings of a dandy.
And it delivered.
The Blue Jackets started on time and grabbed a 2-0 lead in the first period, thanks to goals from (you guessed it) Cam Atkinson and then Pierre-Luc Dubois. At that point, it looked like the road team was going to assert itself in a big game between two really good teams.
Toronto woke up in the second period and scored two goals in a little more than four minutes – Tyler Ennis the first and John Tavares the second – to send this game into the third period in a 2-2 tie.
And as it turned out, a penalty-free game was decided on a fluky goal late in regulation. Zach Hyman deflected a point shot with the Blue Jackets' fourth line on the ice after an icing call, giving the Leafs a 3-2 lead with 4:22 to play.
The Blue Jackets had chances to tie the game but couldn't get a third puck past Frederik Andersen. It's their first regulation loss since Nov. 3 in Los Angeles, snapping a seven-game points streak.
None to report.
The Blue Jackets are off through the Thanksgiving holiday, and will return to action Friday against these Maple Leafs. Game time is 7 p.m. at Nationwide Arena.
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