Blue Jackets shut out Maple Leafs in Game 5 of Cup Qualifiers, win series


Joonas Korpisalo made 33 saves, and the Columbus Blue Jackets advanced to the Stanley Cup Playoffs with a 3-0 win against the Toronto Maple Leafs in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Qualifiers at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto on Sunday.

The Blue Jackets will play the Tampa Bay Lightning in the Eastern Conference First Round.

It was Korpisalo’s second shutout of the series after he made 28 saves in a 2-0 win in Game 1 of the best-of-5 series in Toronto, the East hub city.

Zach Werenski, Liam Foudy and Nick Foligno scored for Columbus, the No. 9 seed in the East for the Qualifiers.

Frederik Andersen made 19 saves for Toronto, which has not won a postseason series since defeating the Ottawa Senators in seven games in the 2004 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals.

The Maple Leafs, who were the No. 8 seed in the Qualifiers, will have a 12.5 percent chance of winning the No. 1 pick in the 2020 NHL Draft in the Second Phase of the NHL Draft Lottery on Monday.

Werenski, who left midway through the third period of Columbus’ 4-3 overtime loss Friday, made it 1-0 with his first goal of the series at 6:29 of the first period. His wrist shot from the left point went in off defenseman Tyson Barrie.

Foudy made it 2-0 at 11:40 of the third when he drove along the goal line from the right side and shot between Andersen’s pads for his first goal in the NHL.

Foligno scored into an empty net with 23 seconds remaining for the 3-0 final.

Korpisalo returned after starting the first three games. He was pulled with the Blue Jackets trailing 3-0 after 26:38 in Game 3. Elvis Merzlikins replaced him and started Game 4 but was ruled unfit to play Sunday.

As part of the NHL Return to Play Plan, a team is not permitted to disclose player injury or illness information.

Barrie left the game with an injury at 7:31 of the second period.

Maple Leafs forward Andreas Johnsson was activated prior to the game after recovering from knee surgery and replaced 18-year-old Nicholas Robertson in the lineup in his first game since Feb. 19.

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