The Columbus Blue Jackets took an early lead, relinquished it, then came back to force overtime in a 4-3 overtime road victory against the Toronto Maple Leafs
The theme for Columbus before tonight's matchup was finding a way to convert their chances, as they've looked good overall but couldn't bury the extra goal to finish off opponents lately (previous two games resulted in overtime losses).
That theme would come up once again later on Monday night.
After tallying points in their past three contests, Columbus got momentum on their side early, when Nick Foligno assisted Riley Nash for a shorthanded goal 2:31 after the puck drop (his first goal of the season).
Pierre-Luc Dubois put the Jackets up 2-0, continuing his hot start when he attacked the net and scored his fourth goal through nine regular-season games.
The Maple Leafs can score in bunches and tied it up at 2-2 before the first intermission, with a shorthanded goal from Kasperi Kapanen followed by an Auston Matthews goal (hist eighth of the season) with under a minute remaining.
Despite four power plays and several scoring chances through the first 40 minutes of action for Columbus, it was Toronto who took a 3-2 leading heading into the third period -thanks to William Nylander scoring 17 seconds prior to the second intermission. It was the second time the Leafs scored with fewer than 60 seconds remaining in a period.
In the third period, Alexander Wennberg scored the first power-play goal for the Blue Jackets in their last six games. Sigh...
Gustav Nyquist scored the game-winning goal on a penalty shot in overtime for the to end the game.
Josh Anderson and Ryan Murray returned to the lineup for the Blue Jackets. There were no injuries to report from Monday's game.
The Blue Jackets will be back in action on Thursday night with a 7:00 p.m. puck drop at Nationwide Arena against the Carolina Hurricanes.