Zach Aston-Reese's Two Goals Spoils Jet Greaves' NHL Debut As Maple Leafs Beat Blue Jackets 4-2

By Coby Maeir on April 4, 2023 at 9:39 pm
Toronto Maple Leafs forward Auston Matthews (34) gets held up by Columbus Blue Jackets forward Sean Kuraly (7) during the first period at Scotiabank Arena.
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Despite a 46-save performance in his NHL debut, Jet Greaves' Blue Jackets fell 4-2 to the Maple Leafs at Scotiabank Arena Tuesday night.

1st Period

Toronto opened the scoring at 5:10 when Zach Aston-Reese beat Greaves with a right-circle shot following a defensive breakdown.

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Greaves kept the deficit at one while the Leafs were on the power play at 9:25, denying John Tavares' shot from the slot.

The Jackets tied the game at 12:22 after Liam Foudy danced through multiple defenders and slid the puck to Kent Johnson at the left circle, who wired a feed to Jack Roslovic, who beat Joseph Woll, who was falling down, with a shot from the slot.

The teams were tied at one after the first period with Toronto leading 16-5 in shots on goal.

2nd Period

Johnson had a chance to give the Jackets the lead at 2:40, but his left-circle wrist shot was denied by Woll.

Alexander Kerfoot put the Leafs ahead 2-1 at 7:25, finishing off a three-on-one rush after Greaves robbed Nick Abruzzese from the right circle following an Adam Boqvist turnover.

Greaves made another fantastic save on with the Leafs on the power play, this time denying Auston Matthews' left-circle wrist shot with his glove at 9:38.

The Maple Leafs led 2-1 after 40 minutes along with a 33-17 edge in shots on goal.

3rd Period

Aston-Reese scored his second of the game at 8:11 when he deflected a left-point shot from Jake McCabe over Greaves.

Eric Robinson cut the Blue Jackets' deficit in half at 12:03 with a tight-angle shot from the left wing.

Matthews put the Leafs up two with 1:03 left, finding the back of the empty net with a wrist shot from his own zone. 

With the 4-2 loss, the Jackets fall to 24-45-8.


  • Shots on Goal: CBJ 26-50 TOR
  • Faceoff %: CBJ 43.9-56.1 TOR
  • Power play: CBJ 0/2-0/3 TOR
  • Takeaways: CBJ 9-5 TOR
  • Giveaways: CBJ 13-13 TOR
  • Blocked shots: CBJ 16-17 TOR
  • Hits: CBJ 40-27 TOR
  • 5-on-5 stats (via
    • Expected Goals (xG): CBJ 1.76-3.88 TOR
    • Chances (CF): CBJ 41-64 TOR
    • Shots (SF): CBJ 20-36 TOR
    • Scoring Chances (SCF): CBJ 24-42 TOR
    • High-Danger Chances (HDCF): CBJ 7-19 TOR

Injury Update

Jack Roslovic (upper body) and Adam Boqvist (illness) returned to the lineup after missing the past two and three games, respectively.

Next Up

The Jackets are back in action Thursday in New Jersey as they take on the Devils at 7 p.m. ET on Bally Sports Ohio.

The club returns home to face the New York Rangers Saturday at 7 p.m. ET on Bally Sports Ohio.

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