Huselius tallies twice, Blue Jackets edge LeafsDec 31, 2010 - 7:47 AM
R.J. Umberger scored the eventual game-winner early in the third period for Columbus, which has won two straight for the first time since a five-game streak from November 17-24.
Steve Mason turned away 20-of-22 shots for the Blue Jackets.
"We've been playing pretty well, but when you get behind it's tough on the road," Huselius said. "The home team gets the momentum...tonight, I thought we really stayed with it."
Nikolai Kulemin and Tyler Bozak each lit the lamp for the Maple Leafs, who have dropped two straight and are 8-9-3 as the host this season. Jonas Gustavsson surrendered three goals on 32 shots.
"I think the first period was our best period...but it felt like they took over the game in the second period," Gustavsson said.
Umberger netted the decisive goal by deflecting Rick Nash's rising wrister from the left circle during a power play with 16:26 remaining in the game.
Columbus staved off the Leafs, who had pulled Gustavsson for the final 90 seconds, with the help of Mason's seven saves during the final period.
Toronto got the momentum going its way at the 15:19 mark of the opening period with a 2-on-1 rush led by Clarke MacArthur. He carried the puck in close before crossing it to Kulemin for the tip-in and a 1-0 lead.
The Jackets countered a minute and a half later when Jan Hejda hit a streaking Huselius, who sent a quick shot under Gustavsson on a breakaway.
With 18 seconds remaining in the period, the Leafs took advantage of a Rostislav Klesla boarding call to regain the lead on Bozak's power play goal.
Huselius even the score again when he picked Francois Beauchemin's pocket in front the of the net and sent a backhander past the Toronto netminder's outstretched left leg 6:47 into the middle period.
In just his second game, Darryl Boyce recorded his first career NHL point with an assist on Kulemin's goal...Columbus snapped a seven-game road losing streak. Antoine Vermette and Nash each had two assists for the victors.
- COLUMBUS: 3
Dec 30 9:29 PM
- Columbus Power-Play Goal - Rick Nash (18), from Kris Russell and Kristian Huselius at 3:34.
Blue Jackets 3, Maple Leafs 2 3rd - 16:26Dec 30 8:57 PM
- COLUMBUS: 2
End of 2nd
Dec 30 8:34 PM
- Columbus Goal - Kristian Huselius (8), at 6:47.
Blue Jackets 2, Maple Leafs 2 2nd - 13:13Dec 30 8:12 PM
- COLUMBUS: 1
End of 1st
Dec 30 7:44 PM
- Antoine Vermette wrist shot on Jonas Gustavsson.
Blue Jackets 1, Maple Leafs 2 1st - 0:09Dec 30 7:44 PM
- Tyler Bozak wrist shot on Steve Mason.
Blue Jackets 1, Maple Leafs 1 1st - 0:18Dec 30 7:43 PM
- Toronto Power-Play Goal - Tyler Bozak (5), from Phil Kessel at 19:42.
Blue Jackets 1, Maple Leafs 2 1st - 0:18Dec 30 7:43 PM
- Columbus Goal - Kristian Huselius (7), at 16:46.
Blue Jackets 1, Maple Leafs 1 1st - 3:14Dec 30 7:34 PM
- Toronto Goal - Nikolai Kulemin, from Clarke MacArthur and Darryl Boyce at 15:19.
Blue Jackets 0, Maple Leafs 1 1st - 4:41Dec 30 7:33 PM
- COLUMBUS: 0
1st Period - 20:00
Dec 30 7:05 PM
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