TOR Toronto Maple Leafs 4
Toronto Maple Leafs Maple Leafs Overall (26-12)
ATS (20-18)
O/U (19-16-3)
December 28 2018
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CBJ Columbus Blue Jackets 2
Columbus Blue Jackets Blue Jackets Overall (22-16)
ATS (18-20)
O/U (14-21-3)
Final
Money Line Total: 6½ Puck Line ATS
123
2431 Toronto Maple Leafs -120 Under EVEN (-1.5) +200 Cover: 0.5
211
2432 Columbus Blue Jackets EVEN Over -120 (+1.5) -240 UNDER: 6
101
Final
Money Line Total: 6½ Spread ATS
2431 TOR -120 Under: EVEN (-1.5) +200 Cover: 0.5
2432 CBJ EVEN Over: -120 (+1.5) -240 UNDER: 6
Line Movement
Money Line
Green = RECENT CHANGE Yellow = PREVIOUS LINE CHANGE
Money Line
12/28/2018
12:54 PM
TOR
-120
CBJ
EVEN
12/28/2018
9:27 AM
TOR
-130
CBJ
+110
12/28/2018
9:03 AM
TOR
-130
CBJ
+110
Puck Line
Green = RECENT CHANGE Yellow = PREVIOUS LINE CHANGE
Puck Line
12/28/2018
12:54 PM
TOR(-1.5)
+200
CBJ
-240
12/28/2018
9:27 AM
TOR(-1.5)
+195
CBJ
-230
12/28/2018
9:03 AM
TOR(-1.5)
+195
CBJ
-230
Total
Green = RECENT CHANGE Yellow = PREVIOUS LINE CHANGE
Total
12/28/2018
12:54 PM

-120

EVEN
12/28/2018
9:27 AM

-120

EVEN
12/28/2018
9:03 AM

-110

-110
Recap

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Toronto Maple Leafs looked like a well-rested team coming off a five-day holiday break. They were fast and opportunistic in handling the Columbus Blue Jackets, who were playing the second night of a back-to-back.

John Tavares scored two goals, and backup goalie Garret Sparks had 27 saves to lift the streaking Maple Leafs over Columbus 4-2 on Friday night.

"Sometimes after a few days you can feel a little flat, just out of rhythm and just timing and everything, so I thought overall we played a pretty solid game," Tavares said. "Sparky was solid and made some big saves when we needed him to, our penalty kill, I thought, was really sharp, so it was good to start the way we did and build on it and not give them a whole lot."

Tavares' two first-period goals nicely set up a return to Toronto on Saturday, when he will face his former team, the New York Islanders. He played there for nine seasons before joining his hometown Maple Leafs in a seven-year, $77 million deal last summer.

Tavares' linemate, Mitch Marner, had a goal and assisted on both his tallies, and Frederik Gauthier also scored to power the Maple Leafs to their fifth straight win, matching the longest streak of the season. They are a distant second to Tampa Bay in the Atlantic Division.

Nick Foligno and Artemi Panarin scored for Columbus, and Sergei Bobrovsky had 25 saves. The Blue Jackets, playing on consecutive nights, saw their five-game winning streak snapped as they try to stay close to Washington at the top of the Metropolitan Division.

But coach John Tortorella wasn't overly critical of his team's play.

"We had some zone time, generated some chances, their goalie played well," Tortorella said. "Give him some credit. But some of our chances, especially from our back end, were shot wide."

Toronto took advantage of a power play early in the game when a shot by Nazem Kadri from slot was deflected in off Tavares' skate . Foligno tied it up shortly afterward when he snapped a shot between Sparks' pads from the right circle.

Tavares second goal in the first period didn't require puck luck. He rifled a shot from the left circle that went top shelf over Bobrovsky's glove and gave Toronto a 2-1 lead.

Marner gave Toronto a two-goal lead halfway through the second on a 4-on-4, when he raced ahead of Pierre Luc-Dubois on a rush, took a beautiful pass from Auston Matthews and swept it past Bobrovsky.

Late in the third, Par Lindholm shoveled the puck out from the back of the net to set up a finish by Gauthier . Panarin got his 100th NHL goal with 1:28 left in the game.

Columbus came up empty on a pair of power plays and has scored just once in 33 attempts with a man-advantage in the last 11 games.

NOTES: Tavares' 26 goals lead the team. He has seven goals and four assists in his last six games. ... Toronto D Igor Ozhiganov returned after missing three games because of an illness. Justin Holl was a healthy scratch to make room. ... Toronto F Patrick Marleau played in his 1,613th NHL game, giving him sole possession of 10th place on the all-time list. ... With an assist on Foligno's goal, Seth Jones has 13 points in the last 15 games.

UP NEXT:

Toronto: Hosts New York Islanders on Saturday.

Columbus: Hosts Ottawa on Monday night.

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Matchup
Maple Leafs Overall
W/L 26-12
ATS 20-18
Goals For 3.8
Goals Against 2.8
Total 19-16-3
Maple Leafs Away
W/L 14-6
ATS 11-9
Goals For 4.0
Goals Against 3.1
Total 11-7-2
Last 10 Games
Date Opponent Result ATS O/U
12-28
6:00 PM
at Blue Jackets W 4-2 W (-1.5) U (6.5)
12-23
6:30 PM
Red Wings W 5-4 L (-1.5) O (6.5)
12-22
6:00 PM
Rangers W 5-3 W (-1.5) O (6.5)
12-20
6:00 PM
Panthers W 6-1 W (-1.5) O (6.5)
12-18
6:00 PM
at Devils W 7-2 W (-1.5) O (6.5)
12-15
6:00 PM
at Panthers L 4-3 L (-1.5) O (6.5)
12-13
6:30 PM
at Lightning L 4-1 L (1.5) U (6.5)
12-11
6:00 PM
at Hurricanes W 4-1 W (-1.5) U (6)
12-8
6:00 PM
at Bruins L 6-3 L (-1.5) O (6)
12-6
6:00 PM
Red Wings L 5-4 L (-1.5) O (6.5)
Avg. Goals For 4.2
Avg. Goals Against 3.2
ATS 5-5
Over/Under 7-3
Blue Jackets Overall
W/L 22-16
ATS 18-20
Goals For 3.2
Goals Against 3.1
Total 14-21-3
Blue Jackets Home
W/L 10-10
ATS 7-13
Goals For 3.2
Goals Against 3.1
Total 7-11-2
Last 10 Games
Date Opponent Result ATS O/U
12-28
6:00 PM
Maple Leafs L 4-2 L (1.5) U (6.5)
12-27
6:00 PM
at Rangers W 4-3 L (-1.5) O (6)
12-23
11:30 AM
at Devils W 3-0 W (1.5) U (6)
12-22
12:00 PM
at Flyers W 4-3 W (1.5) O (6.5)
12-20
6:00 PM
Devils W 2-1 L (-1.5) U (6)
12-17
6:00 PM
Golden Knights W 1-0 L (-1.5) U (6)
12-15
6:00 PM
Ducks L 2-1 L (-1.5) U (6)
12-13
6:00 PM
Kings W 4-1 W (-1.5) U (6)
12-11
6:00 PM
Canucks L 3-2 L (-1.5) U (6)
12-8
6:00 PM
Capitals L 4-0 L (-1.5) U (6.5)
Avg. Goals For 2.3
Avg. Goals Against 2.1
ATS 3-7
Over/Under 2-8
Game Summary
1st Period
CBJ 18:10 Penalty to Josh Anderson 2 minutes for Tripping (Drawn by William Nylander)
TOR 17:38 Power play - GOAL scored by John Tavares assisted by Nazem Kadri and Mitchell MarnerTOR 1 CBJ 0
CBJ 15:13 GOAL scored by Nick Foligno assisted by Alexander Wennberg and Seth JonesTOR 1 CBJ 1
TOR 7:36 Penalty to William Nylander 2 minutes for Tripping (Drawn by Josh Anderson)
TOR 1:56 GOAL scored by John Tavares assisted by Mitchell MarnerTOR 2 CBJ 1
2nd Period
CBJ 13:25 Penalty to Anthony Duclair 2 minutes for Tripping (Drawn by Igor Ozhiganov)
TOR 10:55 Penalty to Kasperi Kapanen 2 minutes for Roughing (Drawn by Scott Harrington)
CBJ 10:55 Penalty to Scott Harrington 2 minutes for Roughing (Drawn by Kasperi Kapanen)
TOR 10:14 GOAL scored by Mitchell Marner assisted by Auston Matthews and Jake GardinerTOR 3 CBJ 1
TOR 4:42 Penalty to Nazem Kadri 2 minutes for Holding (Drawn by David Savard)
3rd Period
TOR 6:16 GOAL scored by Frederik Gauthier assisted by Par Lindholm and Trevor MooreTOR 4 CBJ 1
CBJ 1:28 GOAL scored by Artemi Panarin assisted by Zachary WerenskiTOR 4 CBJ 2
Box Score
Maple Leafs
Forwards G A PTS SOG BLKS PIM TOI
Andreas Johnsson (LW) 000200:0015:36
Mitchell Marner (C) 123220:0022:23
Kasperi Kapanen (RW) 000102:0014:05
Auston Matthews (C) 011010:0016:46
Trevor Moore (C) 011100:008:08
William Nylander (C) 000102:0014:17
Connor Brown (RW) 000400:0016:08
John Tavares (C) 202510:0019:35
Par Lindholm (C) 011000:009:40
Frederik Gauthier (C) 101300:007:49
Patrick Marleau (C) 000000:0016:00
Nazem Kadri (C) 011212:0015:48

Defensemen G A PTS SOG BLKS PIM TOI
Ron Hainsey (D) 000230:0020:42
Jake Gardiner (D) 011040:0020:31
Nikita Zaitsev (D) 000040:0021:41
Morgan Rielly (D) 000300:0021:19
Travis Dermott (D) 000300:0016:45
Igor Ozhiganov (D) 000010:0016:47

Goalies SAVES/SHOTS GA SAVE PCT
Frederik Andersen (G) 0/00.000
Garret Sparks (G) 27/292.931WIN
Blue Jackets
Forwards G A PTS SOG BLKS PIM TOI
Anthony Duclair (RW) 000002:009:40
Artemi Panarin (LW) 101110:0020:56
Alexander Wennberg (C) 011000:0015:30
Oliver Bjorkstrand (RW) 000110:0013:25
Markus Hannikainen (LW) 000210:008:14
Josh Anderson (RW) 000302:0016:05
Cam Atkinson (RW) 000500:0020:26
Brandon Dubinsky (C) 000100:0012:56
Nick Foligno (LW) 101600:0015:56
Pierre-Luc Dubois (C) 000210:0018:24
Riley Nash (C) 000210:008:22
Boone Jenner (C) 000020:0015:49

Defensemen G A PTS SOG BLKS PIM TOI
Ryan Murray (D) 000010:0021:02
David Savard (D) 000100:0015:33
Markus Nutivaara (D) 000000:0021:24
Seth Jones (D) 011200:0025:22
Scott Harrington (D) 000122:0013:42
Zachary Werenski (D) 011220:0023:28

Goalies SAVES/SHOTS GA SAVE PCT
Joonas Korpisalo (G) 0/00.000
Sergei Bobrovsky (G) 25/294.862LOSS
Officials
Linesmen Matt MacPherson
Linesmen Bryan Pancich
Referee Corey Syvret
Referee Kevin Pollock