Blue Jackets end 4-game skid as Kent Johnson scores game-winner in 4-3 win at Toronto

Kent Johnson

Kent Johnson broke a tie at 5:46 of the third period to help the Columbus Blue Jackets defeat the Toronto Maple Leafs 4-3 at Scotiabank Arena on Saturday in Toronto.

Johnson, put the Blue Jackets ahead 4-3 when he deflected a Cole Sillinger shot at the top of the crease when he got inside position on Maple Leafs defenseman Justin Holl. The goal went to video review and upheld after it was determined that Johnson’s stick was at or below the height of the crossbar when he deflected the puck into the goal.


*Blue Jackets rallied from a 2-0 deficit.

*Sean Kuraly scored a goal.

*Johnson also had an assist.

*Boone Jenner scored a goal and had an assist.

*Kirill Marchenko notched a goal and an assist.

*Elvis Merzlikins made 27 saves in goal,

*Blue Jackets now 16-33-4 on the season.

*William Nylander had a goal and an assist for Toronto.

*Mitchell Marner had two assists for the Maple Leafs. He extended his point streak to six games.

*Toronto is 32-14-8 on the season.

*Goalie Joseph Woll made 36 saves for Toronto.

*Toronto’s Morgan Rielly extended his point streak to four game (two goals, two assists).