NHL: Toronto 4, Columbua 1

Nov. 3, 2011 at 9:57 PM   |   Comments

COLUMBUS, Ohio, Nov. 3 (UPI) -- Ben Scrivens made 38 saves in his first NHL start Thursday, lifting the Toronto Maple Leafs to a 4-1 victory over Columbus.

Toronto goaltender James Reimer remains out with an injury and Jonas Gustavsson has been loaded with work during an outstanding start to the Toronto season. Scrivens, therefore, was given the start against the struggling Blue Jackets and he came through with a solid debut.

The Blue Jackets were unable to build on only their second win of the season, which came Sunday against Anaheim. Columbus has a league-low five points through 13 games.

Toronto has won nine of its 13 outings and Scrivens was backed up in this victory by two goals from Clarke MacArthur.

MacArthur gave the Maple Leafs a 2-0 lead with 15 seconds left in the opening period and he scored again 5:31 into the second for a 4-0 cushion. The other Toronto goals came from Joey Crabb and John-Michael Liles.

The only goal against Scrivens came midway through the second period when Ryan Johansen tipped in a shot.

Steve Mason gave up all four Toronto goals on 14 shots before being replaced by Allen York, who stopped the only nine shots he faced.

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