Maple Leafs shut out Blue Jackets 3-0 to even playoff series
TORONTO, ONT Auston Matthews and John Tavares scored and the Toronto Maple Leafs beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 3-0 on Tuesday to even their best-of-five qualifying series at one game. Five Leafs power plays helped keep the Blue Jackets on their heels. Blue Jackets captain Nick Foligno was just as disappointed. ... Blue Jackets D Dean Kukan left the bench for observation in the first period after a big hit by Toronto's Kyle Clifford but returned later in the period. That also was the first playoff shutout in Blue Jackets history.
Former Wing Boss Babcock Fired By Maple Leafs
TORONTO (AP) The Toronto Maple Leafs have fired head coach Mike Babcock and replaced him with Sheldon Keefe. Maple Leafs president Brendan Shanahan flew to Arizona on Wednesday to break the news to Babcock along with general manager Kyle Dubas. Shanahan, Dubas and Keefe were all scheduled to speak with the media Thursday morning. Babcock was unable to get Toronto past the Boston Bruins the last two springs, losing both series in seven games. We talk a lot, Dubas said at the start of training camp.detroit.cbslocal.com