Joonas Korpisalo Records First Shutout in Blue Jackets Postseason History

By Chris Pennington on August 2, 2020 at 10:51 pm
Joonas Korpisalo was huge for the Blue Jackets in Game 1, pitching his first playoff shutout.
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A wise move by John Tortorella, it seems.

Joonas Korpisalo was a late selection to be the starter between the pipes in Game 1 against the Toronto Maple Leafs, and his 28-save effort recorded the first postseason shutout in Columbus Blue Jackets history.

Korpisalo and Elvis Merzlikins were in a tight race to be put in net tonight, but the three-year backup for Sergei Bobrovsky was given the nod on Sunday morning. It was the right call, apparently, as the Blue Jackets have taken a 1-0 lead in the best-of-five Qualifying Round series.

The Blue Jackets had played in 31 postseason games before tonight, with Bobrovsky in net for 27 of them and Steve Mason in net for four. A goal had been allowed by the Blue Jackets in every one of those games, and that streak was unpredictably snapped tonight.

Unpredictably, because the Maple Leafs had only been shut out once this entire season, and were ranked second in the NHL in goals scored. What a way to kick off a series, eh?

Game 2 against the Maple Leafs, where Korpisalo will surely be the starter again, will begin at 4 p.m. EST on Tuesday.

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