John Tortorella made the right call. The Blue Jackets coach decided to go with Joonas Korpisalo in goal for game one of the Jackets playoff series with Toronto and Korpy responded. The CBJ goalie made 28 saves, including a point blank glove save of an Auston Matthews missile in the second period, leading the Jackets to a 2-0 win in game one of the best of five playoff series.
"I felt pretty confident from the get-go today," Korpisalo said. "The boys played really good in front of me, battling for me to see the puck. That was awesome. That was fun to play."
The shutout is the first in Blue Jackets post-season history and Korpisalo becomes just the 14th goalie in NHL history to record a shutout in his first career post-season start. He needed to be outstanding because Toronto's Frederik Anderson had matched him through two periods. That changed early in the third period when Cam Atkinson, coming off the bench on a line change, took a pass from David Savard and fired in the games first goal which would prove to be the game winner. Alexander Wennberg iced the win with an empty net goal in the closing seconds as the Jackets take the all important opening game. The Jackets will practice on Monday afternoon, then play game two vs. Toronto on Tuesday afternoon at 4 pm. Fox Sports Ohio will carry it. If you missed the game Sunday, some highlights are posted below as well as the post-game comments of Tortorella, Korpisalo, Savard, and Atkinson.