"It was just a case of us playing last night," Columbus coach
Gerard Gallant said. "We looked tired. We worked hard and
competed, but our top scorers just didn't get the scoring chances
they usually get."
Ed Belfour made 18 saves in his first start in almost two weeks.
Belfour, who missed three games with a back injury, was rarely
tested, but he did stop Todd Marchant on a partial breakaway after
Marchant skated between two defensemen in the first period.
"They played the night before. Maybe being tired was the case
today," Belfour said.
Marchant scored the lone goal for the Blue Jackets, who have the
worst road record in the NHL (3-17-4-2). Columbus' Rick Nash, the
NHL's leading goal scorer, admitted his team was tired.
"Some guys were tired, but we're not looking for excuses,"
Nash said. "They were the better team tonight and that was
Domi, standing alone at the side of the net, redirected Robert
Reichel's pass past goaltender Marc Denis at 10:02 of the first.
After Columbus' Anders Eriksson drove a slap shot off Belfour's
pads, Marchant put the rebound in at 16:30 of the first.
Roberts staked in on a power play and lifted the puck over
Denis' shoulder, giving Toronto a 2-1 lead at 11:44 of the second.
Columbus forward David Vyborny received a four-minute penalty
for high-sticking Toronto captain Mats Sundin in the face with 10
minutes left in the third.
Just more than two minutes later, Tucker tipped in Tomas
Kaberle's shot from the point.
Renberg added an empty-net goal with 23 seconds left.
Nash received an autographed Vince Carter basketball before
the game. Nash, who is from the Toronto area, requested it. ...
Belfour hadn't played since Jan. 31. ... D Drake Berehowsky,
acquired Wednesday from Pittsburgh, didn't play for Toronto. ...
Roberts, 37, played in his first All-Star game in 11 years last
weekend. He had a goal and an assist in Minnesota. ... Domi tossed
his stick into Columbus' bench in the third. No penalty was called.
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Arena: Air Canada Centre Location: Toronto, Ontario
Referees: Greg Kimmerly, Dean Warren Linesmen: Derek Amell, Steve Barton
Attendance: 19,356 (103.0% full)
Team Stat Comparison
Power Play Goals
Power Play Opportunities
Shots on Goal
Tie Domi (5)
Assists: Robert Reichel, Darcy Tucker
Todd Marchant (8)
Assists: Anders Eriksson, Geoff Sanderson
Gary Roberts (22)
(Power Play) Assists: Mikael Renberg, Ken Klee
Darcy Tucker (16)
(Power Play) Assists: Tomas Kaberle, Karel Pilar
Mikael Renberg (11)
(Empty Net) Assist: Mats Sundin