The Maple Leafs evened up their series on Tuesday afternoon with a 3-0 win over the Blue Jackets. After a very tough outing on Sunday, Toronto came out firing. Goals from Matthews, Tavares and Reilly helped them secure the crucial victory.

Five Star Offense 

Changes to the top six were key in the Maple Leafs victory. As Marner and Nylander switched spots on the top lines.  Toronto had their chances in game 1, but it was clear after today that the line combos in game 2 were more effective. Matthews scored and recorded an assist as he seemed much more confident with Marner on his line. During the season Marner assisted on 24 of Matthews’ 47 goals.  Even with the great set-up on defense by Columbus, Marner and Matthews were able to create far more chances.

The offence didn’t stop there as the Tavares line was also firing on all cylinders. Tavares scored off a break-away opportunity in the third period but not after being robbed many times by Korpisalo. Despite the great play from the Columbus net-minder, Toronto was able to control the game.

Andersen Holds Down the Fort 

Fredrick Andersen secured his first ever post season shutout as a Maple Leaf. In the past, Andersen had a tough time during the playoffs. This year he looks much more confident and ready to go. Making some very big saves throughout the game, Andersen gave Toronto a much needed sense of security.

The Maple Leafs defensive core does deserve some credit as they had a very good outing. Holding Columbus to only 20 shots, they were able to keep Andersen’s work load to a minimum. Their play on the penalty kill was also great once again as the Blue Jackets were 0 for 4 on the man advantage. It has been a long time since the Maple Leafs had consecutive great outings from their d-men.

Injury Bug Strikes Again

Toronto won’t be celebrating too much after some scary scenes at the end of the game. Maple Leafs defenseman Jake Muzzin had to be stretchered off after a scary fall. He hit his neck awkwardly off of a Columbus player. While the extent of his injury is unknown at this moment, there’s no doubt that this will be big loss for Toronto. Muzzin is one of the most experienced players on the roster and if he misses significant time the Maple Leafs will be in trouble.

They return to action on Thursday night for Game 3, which will be the first of a back-to-back for the Maple Leafs.