Blue Jackets eliminate host Leafs to advance

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Joonas Korpisalo made 33 saves to give the Columbus Blue Jackets a 3-0 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs in Game 5 of their best-of-five qualifying series Sunday and a spot in the Stanley Cup Playoffs’ main draw.

The win at Toronto earned the Blue Jackets a best-of-seven first-round playoff series against the Tampa Bay Lightning, which finished 2-1-0 in round-robin play among the top four Eastern Conference teams.

Zach Werenski, Liam Foudy and Nick Foligno each scored a goal for the Blue Jackets.

Toronto’s defense, trying to clear the zone, put the puck right on Werenski’s stick, leading to the opening goal. Werenski fired a shot from the point, through traffic and past Leafs goalie Frederik Andersen at 6:29 of the first period to put the Blue Jackets on the scoreboard.

The Maple Leafs struggled in the first period to match the aggressive play they mustered in the final five minutes of Game 4, which ended up forcing the deciding game. They wilted in the face of an aggressive Blue Jackets forecheck and gave up the puck on unforced errors.