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TORONTO (AP) One little tweak to Toronto’s lines is paying off in a big way for the Maple Leafs.Nazem Kadri had three goals and two assists Adidas Luke Schenn Jersey , Frederik Andersen made a career-high 54 saves and surging Toronto beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 6-3 on Wednesday night.The line of Kadri, Patrick Marleau and Mitch Marner combined for five goals and five assists. Since the trio was formed on Jan. 24 against Chicago, Kadri has seven goals and eight assists, Marner has seven goals and five assists, and Marleau has three goals and four assists.Article continues below ...”My linemates contributed just as much as I did,” Kadri said. ”They found me, I just tried to get open, and the puck seemed to find me tonight.”The production far exceeds what Kadri and Marleau managed with Leo Komarov, their regular linemate for a large chunk of the season.”I’m not sure,” Leafs coach Mike Babcock said when asked about the change in the lineup. ”I used them together, Kadri and Marner, last year and they were no good together. That’s the beauty of having more players. You move them around and once in a while you get lucky.”Andersen also turned in a solid performance as the Maple Leafs closed out a perfect five-game homestand. It was the first time in franchise history that the team swept a homestand of five games or more.”I had a clean view of most of the shots, and I think that was the key to withstand all of that,” Andersen said.The Blue Jackets recorded 50 or more shots for the third straight game Adidas Brian Gibbons Jersey , making them the first team to accomplish the feat in the post-expansion era (since 1967-68). Nick Foligno had two goals and an assist, and Joonas Korpisalo made 22 saves.Toronto played much of the game without defenseman Jake Gardiner, who departed with a lower-body injury after one period.”I’m not exactly sure how it happened. He’s got some kind of spasm or something like that,” Babcock said.The Maple Leafs had a 4-2 lead before Jack Johnson beat Andersen with a slap shot from the left circle that went off the post and into the net at 14:35 of the second. It was Johnson’s third goal of the season.Toronto then put it away with two in the third. Kadri got his 21st of the season at 11:21, and Marleau added an empty-netter with 1:47 left.”I like the way we played,” Columbus coach John Tortorella said. ”Problem tonight for us is we couldn’t finish.”The Maple Leafs opened the scoring when Dominic Moore finished a 2-on-1 with his fifth goal at 4:38 of the first. With David Savard taking away the passing lane to Kasperi Kapanen, Moore used a backhanded shot to beat Korpisalo.Kadri cut around Korpisalo before using a screen to make it 2-0 at 7:36, but the Blue Jackets pulled within one when Foligno received a centering pass from Alexander Wennberg and fired a backhander by Andersen with 1:39 left.Foligno scored his 13th goal early in the second. He received a pass from Wennberg on a 2-on-1 and beat Andersen at 2:25.But Kadri’s one-timer made it 3-2 at 8:03 and he set up Marner’s one-timer at 10:17.NOTES: Toronto D Travis Dermott had two assists. … Columbus was 0 for 2 on the power play, and Toronto went 0 for 3 with the man advantage.UP NEXTBlue Jackets: Host Philadelphia on Friday night.Maple Leafs: Visits Pittsburgh on Saturday night. For years, Evgeni Malkin has been the other Pittsburgh Penguins star center, often even when he and uber popular teammate Sidney Crosby are both playing lights-out.Malkin is difficult to ignore lately. Going into Saturday’s against the Toronto Maple Leafs at PPG Paints Arena, Malkin has six goals, 11 points over his past six games and, overall Adidas Carter Rowney Jersey , ranked second in the NHL going into Friday’s games with 20 points in 11 games.Centering Pittsburgh’s only line that has stuck together, with wingers Carl Hagelin and Phil Kessel, Malkin has been a force.Article continues below ...“It’s not me. It’s the whole line. It’s the whole team,” Malkin, the league’s No. 2 star of the month for October, insisted. “I had a great summer. I worked with Alex (Trinca, the Penguins’), conditioning coach. We worked hard all summer. And a little bit of rest. We had some months (off) this year. I play with Phil and (Hagelin). They’re great guys, great players.“I just do my job. I try to do my best. I feel good, fresh. My legs are moving, and I just stay at the same level.”Crosby has still been a worthy bookend. After going the first six games without a goal, he has six goals and 14 points for Pittsburgh (6-2-3) going into the game against Toronto (8-5-0).The Maple Leafs had a one-two offensive punch with homegrown young star Auston Matthews and veteran John Tavares, formerly with the Islanders, but Matthews last week sustained a shoulder injury that is expected to sideline him for another three weeks or so.Matthews has a team-best 10 goals and is tied for the Maple Leafs’ lead with 16 points. The team is 0-2 with a total of two goals without Matthews.“What I find with most injuries is it takes your team a little bit to figure out how we’re going to go again Adidas Jaycob Megna Jersey ,” Toronto coach Mike Babcock said. “It takes the coach a little bit to figure (it) out. To have success, you’ve got to trust all your guys. Even though your depth gets hurt a little bit, you’ve got to play with depth.“We’ve got to find ways to win games. Just stay with the process and keep doing good things, and good things will happen to you. Let’s get to work. We play a good Pittsburgh team we’re excited to play.”Tavares has seven goals and 14 points, but has just one point, an assist, since Matthews got hurt.“I know I’m counted on to produce. It’s part of the game and supposed to be one of my strengths,” Tavares said. “I wouldn’t say I put any more pressure myself on than I do normally to play at a high level and play at it consistently.”The Penguins beat the Maple Leafs 3-0 in Toronto Oct. 18, a game that launched a 4-0 road trip through Canada. Since then, Pittsburgh went 0-1-1 in a home-and-home series against the New York Islanders.“We think everybody’s contributing at this point,” Penguins coach Mike Sullivan said. “We just have to get better with each game.”


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