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Big Ben Backstops Leafs Over Jackets

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:47 AM

Associated Press

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Big Ben Backstops Leafs Over Jackets
Toronto Maple Leafs 4, Columbus Blue Jackets 1
Three Stars of the Game
Ben Scrivens
1st
Ben Scrivens
G
SA: 39TOI: 60:00
GA: 1EV: 28-29
PIM: 0PP: 9-9
SV%: .974SH: 1-1
Clarke MacArthur
2nd
Clarke MacArthur
LW
G: 2Shots: 2
A: 0Hits: 2
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 2TOI: 15:17
Ryan Johansen
3rd
Ryan Johansen
G: 1Shots: 2
A: 0Hits: 1
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 16:57






COLUMBUS, Ohio -- It got so bad that the Toronto Maple Leafs almost felt sorry for Steve Mason.
  THREE STAR SELECTIONS

1st Star
Ben Scrivens
SA SV GA TOI SV%
39 38 1 60:00 .974
2nd Star
Clarke MacArthur
G A P +/- Shots
2 0 2 +2 2
3rd Star
Ryan Johansen
G A P +/- Shots
1 0 1 +1 1

Clarke MacArthur scored twice in his 300th career game, providing all the offence needed to make Ben Scrivens a winner in his NHL debut, and the Maple Leafs beat Mason and the Columbus Blue Jackets 4-1 on Thursday night.

``We scored awful easy,'' Maple Leafs coach Ron Wilson said of Mason, lit up for all four goals on just 11 shots. ``The other kid had a tough night.''

Mason was met with derisive cheers on several stops. Finally, he was replaced before the game was even half over.

Even Scrivens, while thrilled to win his first career game, expressed sympathy for his Columbus counterpart.

``Everyone has those games where you're just fighting it for whatever reason,'' Scrivens said. ``He's a Calder Trophy winner. He's a good goalie. He's proven himself in this league. I'm just happy I was able to get a win.''

Joey Crabb and John-Michael Liles also scored for the fast-starting Maple Leaps. Joffrey Lupul added two assists.

Scrivens stopped 38 shots, including a few early that allowed Toronto to build a 4-0 lead despite playing its second game in two nights.

Wilson didn't tell him he was starting until arriving at the rink for the morning skate.

``When I came down here this morning, I told him,'' said Wilson, whose club is off to a 9-3-1 start. ``I told the Monster (Jonas Gustavsson) that Ben was going to
  BY THE NUMBERS

7 Points for Clarke MacArthur in the last five games.
+6 Rating for Mike Komisarek & John-Michael Liles in the last two games.
4/4 On the penalty kill for the Leafs against Columbus.
5-0-0 Leafs' record this season when scoring first.
33 Even-strength goals for the Leafs so far this season.
play (and that) he'd be the backup. I said, 'Don't say anything. We don't need this (media) circus bothering a young kid who's got to focus on his first game.' And he played a great game.''

Scrivens has played 38 minor league games with the Toronto Marlies of the American Hockey League since spending four seasons at Cornell. He was recalled from the Marlies on Oct. 27 to back up Gustavsson while James Reimer recovers from an undisclosed injury.

``Anytime you play your first game you want to make a good impression. Hopefully I did that,'' the 25-year-old said. ``You can't do that without a good team playing in front of you. The guys did a good job of blocking some shots out there.''

The Blue Jackets outshot Toronto 39-18 but were never in it.

Scrivens was at his best in the opening period, preserving a 1-0 lead by stopping Kris Russell with a blocker save at the doorstep and also stoning Rick Nash from in close.

The Blue Jackets outshot the Maple Leafs 11-4 in the opening period, yet trailed 2-0.

The Maple Leafs got on the board on their first shot. Crabb was all alone in the high slot when Lupul found him with a nice backhand feed that Crabb fired past Mason glove side for his second goal in two games this season.
  LEAFS REMARKS

Ron Wilson on his decision to give Ben Scrivens his first-ever taste of NHL regular-season action:

"When I came down here this morning I told him and I told The Monster that Ben was going to play, he'd be the backup. I said, don't say anything we don't need this circus bothering a young kid who's got to focus on his first game and he played a great game. He's played well in the American League and maybe somewhere along the line I should have given him a start because we do believe he's going to be a big-time goalie and he showed that tonight. He's economical in his moves and he's got a lot of poise."


During the delay after the goal, Blue Jackets coach Scott Arniel called his team to the bench and gestured angrily while making a point.

Late in the period, MacArthur carried the puck into the zone and his hard shot from the top of the left circle eluded Mason below his blocker, touching off a cascade of boos.

``I just put it to the net and sometimes you're going to get one of those, once in a while,'' MacArthur said. ``You feel bad for the goalie, almost.''

Toronto then scored in the opening minute of the second period when Liles' shot from the left dot, with Kessel providing traffic in front, slipped past Mason. Shortly after, McArthur added his sixth in the last five games when his shot on a 2-on-1 spelled the end of the night for the beleaguered Mason.

``Their goaltender was better than our goaltender,'' Blue Jackets coach Scott Arniel said. ``Plain and simple. Their guy made a lot of big saves. One end was good and one end wasn't. That's the end of that story.''

Ryan Johansen, a rookie the Blue Jackets elected to keep on the roster this week despite triggering his 10-game entry-level contract, scored his third to prevent the shutout.

NOTES: Lupul had three goals in the second period during a 5-3 win at New Jersey on Wednesday night. ... Opponents have scored first in nine of Columbus' first 13 games. The Blue Jackets are 0-8-1 in those games. ... D Marc Methot (broken thumb) returned to the Blue Jackets after missing five games. ... It was the fourth time Toronto (3-0-1) has played at Nationwide Arena. ... Allen York had seven saves in as many shots for Columbus.

NEXT GAME:

Saturday, November 5
  vs. Boston Bruins
  7 PM ET (CBC, AM640)


The Leafs return home to take on the defending Stanley Cup Champions in the second meeting between the teams this season. The Bruins came out on top 6-2 back on October 20th.

The Bruins have been off since they defeated Ottawa 5-3 on Tuesday.






scoring summary
1st Period
06:09
TOR
Joey Crabb (2) ASST: Joffrey Lupul (7), Jake Gardiner (5)
1 - 0 TOR
19:45
TOR
Clarke MacArthur (5) ASST: Nikolai Kulemin (4), Mikhail Grabovski (5)
2 - 0 TOR
2nd Period
00:50
TOR
John-Michael Liles (1) ASST: Joffrey Lupul (8), Phil Kessel (11)
3 - 0 TOR
05:31
TOR
Clarke MacArthur (6) ASST: NONE
4 - 0 TOR
11:20
CBJ
Ryan Johansen (3) ASST: Antoine Vermette (6), Matt Calvert (3)
4 - 1 TOR
3rd Period
NONE
penalty summary
1st Period
02:56
TOR
Dion Phaneuf  Hooking against  R.J. Umberger
09:35
TOR
Dion Phaneuf  Roughing against  R.J. Umberger
12:56
CBJ
Fedor Tyutin  Hooking against  Mike Brown
2nd Period
05:31
CBJ
Alexandre Giroux  Slashing against  Joey Crabb
12:18
TOR
Mike Komisarek  Interference against  Rick Nash
3rd Period
02:19
TOR
Joffrey Lupul  Tripping against  James Wisniewski
goalie stats
Ben Scrivens
SA: 39TOI: 60:00
Saves: 38EV: 28 - 29
PIM: 0PP: 9 - 9
SV%: .974SH: 1 - 1
Steve Mason
Steve Mason
2-9-1
SA: 11TOI: 25:26
Saves: 7EV: 7 - 11
PIM: 0PP: 0 - 0
SV%: .636SH: 0 - 0
Allen York
Allen York
SA: 7TOI: 34:28
Saves: 7EV: 6 - 6
PIM: 0PP: 1 - 1
SV%: 1.000SH: 0 - 0
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