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Maple Leafs wrap solid homestand against Blue Jackets

(SportsNetwork.com) - The Toronto Maple Leafs will try to add another win to what has so far been a successful homestand, as they complete the stay at Air Canada Centre with Monday's battle against the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Toronto is 3-1-0 on the homestand and was able to rebound from its lone loss during the residency with Saturday's shootout win over Washington.

The Maple Leafs fell 4-2 to the Nashville Predators on Thursday, but bounced back with a 2-1 decision against the Capitals. James Reimer was the hero for Toronto, turning aside 49 shots through regulation and overtime before standing tall in the shootout phase.

Reimer allowed Eric Fehr to score on Washington's first attempt before denying Alex Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom and Troy Brouwer. James van Riemsdyk and Joffrey Lupul scored in the shootout for the Maple Leafs, who improved to 9-3-0 as the host this season.

Toronto moved ahead on their fourth shooter when Lupul made a stutter-step move and wristed a shot over the glove of Braden Holtby to kick off the final round. Reimer then watched as Brouwer shot his chance over the net to end the contest.

"I felt a little better back there tonight," said Reimer. "It means a lot to win these games in the shootout because it's one of those little extra things at the end that allow you to help the team get a win."

David Clarkson scored during a second-period power play, with Jake Gardiner and Nazem Kadri picking up the helpers in regulation.

Reimer has never faced the Blue Jackets in his career. Fellow Toronto goaltender Jonathan Bernier is 2-2-0 with a 2.52 goals against average in four career tilts versus Columbus.

Next up for Toronto is a three-game road trip, which is set to begin Wednesday night in Pittsburgh.

The Blue Jackets are 2-2-0 on a five-game swing that ends tonight, but Columbus is coming off Friday's 6-2 setback in Vancouver. Columbus has surrendered six or more goals in each loss during this trek and also dropped a 7-0 decision last Tuesday in Edmonton.

Henrik Sedin scored a pair of goals and Daniel Sedin added a goal and two assists to lead the Canucks to the rout over the Blue Jackets. The score was tied at 1-1 after 20 minutes, but Vancouver scored three times during a 2:10 stretch in the second period to take control of the game.

"It happened fast. We had a couple opportunities to take the lead, but they do a great job pressuring you. They were able to finish with a few quick goals. Obviously against a good team it is tough to recover from," said Blue Jackets coach Todd Richards.

Matt Calvert and Artem Anisimov both scored for the Blue Jackets, losers in five of their last seven games. Sergei Bobrovsky allowed all six goals on 35 shots in the setback.

Columbus, which is 4-6-2 on the road this season, has won its last two games in Toronto and has taken two of three and three of the past five meetings between the clubs overall.

Bobrovsky is 4-1-0 with a 2.21 GAA in five career outings against Toronto.

11/25 11:08:56 ET

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2013 - 2014 NHL Eastern Conference Standings
 
Atlantic Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
p-Boston 54 19 9 117 261 177 31-7-3 23-12-6 18-9-3
x-Tampa Bay 46 27 9 101 240 215 25-10-6 21-17-3 19-8-3
x-Montreal 46 28 8 100 215 204 23-13-5 23-15-3 18-8-4
x-Detroit 39 28 15 93 222 230 18-13-10 21-15-5 17-8-5
Ottawa 37 31 14 88 236 265 18-17-6 19-14-8 14-9-7
Toronto 38 36 8 84 231 256 24-16-1 14-20-7 14-13-3
Florida 29 45 8 66 196 268 16-20-5 13-25-3 13-16-1
Buffalo 21 51 10 52 157 248 13-21-7 8-30-3 7-18-5
 
Metropolitan Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Pittsburgh 51 24 7 109 249 207 28-9-4 23-15-3 20-8-2
x-NY Rangers 45 31 6 96 218 193 20-17-4 25-14-2 16-11-3
x-Philadelphia 42 30 10 94 236 235 24-14-3 18-16-7 15-11-4
x-Columbus 43 32 7 93 231 216 22-15-4 21-17-3 16-13-1
Washington 38 30 14 90 235 240 21-13-7 17-17-7 12-15-3
New Jersey 35 29 18 88 197 208 21-11-9 14-18-9 16-9-5
Carolina 36 35 11 83 207 230 18-17-6 18-18-5 15-13-2
NY Islanders 34 37 11 79 225 267 13-19-9 21-18-2 10-16-4
 
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2013 - 2014 NHL Western Conference Standings
 
Central Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Colorado 52 22 8 112 250 220 26-11-4 26-11-4 19-6-3
x-St. Louis 52 23 7 111 248 191 28-9-4 24-14-3 21-6-2
x-Chicago 46 21 15 107 267 220 27-7-7 19-14-8 13-13-3
x-Minnesota 43 27 12 98 207 206 26-10-5 17-17-7 14-12-3
x-Dallas 40 31 11 91 235 228 23-11-7 17-20-4 13-11-5
Nashville 38 32 12 88 216 242 19-17-5 19-15-7 12-13-4
Winnipeg 37 35 10 84 227 237 18-17-6 19-18-4 9-15-5
 
Pacific Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
z-Anaheim 54 20 8 116 266 209 29-8-4 25-12-4 22-4-3
x-San Jose 51 22 9 111 249 200 29-7-5 22-15-4 18-7-3
x-Los Angeles 46 28 8 100 206 174 23-14-4 23-14-4 16-10-3
Phoenix 37 30 15 89 216 231 22-14-5 15-16-10 14-9-6
Vancouver 36 35 11 83 196 223 20-15-6 16-20-5 12-13-4
Calgary 35 40 7 77 209 241 19-19-3 16-21-4 11-15-3
Edmonton 29 44 9 67 203 270 16-22-3 13-22-6 8-17-4
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
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