Prout's first goal of season helps Jackets top Leafs

TORONTO -- Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Dalton Prout feels refreshed following a stint in the American Hockey League during the NHL's Olympic break.

On Monday, the Kingsville, Ontario, native scored his first goal since April 18, 2013, helping the Blue Jackets double up the Toronto Maple Leafs 2-1 at the Air Canada Centre.

"A win always feels nice, and somewhat close to home feels even better," said Prout, who grew up cheering for the Detroit Red Wings to spite his parents, who were Leafs fans. "Just feel a little bit more up to game pace besides the goal and any of that. I feel like I'm seeing plays easier."

Prout opened the scoring at 9:44 of the second period, beating screened Leafs goaltender James Reimer from the point for his first goal of the season. The only other goal of Prout's NHL career came last season against the Los Angeles Kings.

"Just get it on net," Prout said of the goal. "I had all kinds of time, I just figured I had to get it on net. It was a really good screen, and it found a way through."

Blue Jackets center Artem Anisimov made it 2-0 at 12:38 of the middle frame, putting a cross-ice feed from defenseman Nikita Nikitin past Reimer for his 16th of the season.

Left winger Mason Raymond got the Leafs within one at 15:45 of the third, but Toronto was unable to score an equalizer. Raymond scored his 17th of the season, his highest goal total since the 2009-10 season, when he had 25 as a member of the Vancouver Canucks.

"We didn't have enough of getting pucks through," Leafs coach Randy Carlyle said. "It seemed like when we had glorious opportunities, they were blocking the shot.

"Later on, we stopped going to the front of the net, and (Columbus goalie Sergei) Bobrovsky had clear sightlines to make the saves."

With the win, Columbus (31-25-5) swept the season series against Toronto, outscoring the Maple Leafs 13-3. Toronto's seven-game home winning streak was snapped with the loss.

Columbus improved to 13-5-1 in its past 19 games and 8-5-1 in its past 14 road contests. Toronto (32-23-8) fell to 0-1-2 since the Olympic break.

The 19,577 in attendance began turning on the Leafs in the second period, booing the home team, which was outshot 12-5 in the middle period.

"That's a good sign ... that's a good sign when you're on the road," Columbus coach Todd Richards said of the crowd reaction. "It's not pleasant when you're at home, and we've all been in that position, but when you're on the road and you're hearing the boos come out, you know, for the most part, you're doing the things you need to do."

Bobrovsky had his shutout streak against the Leafs, which dated back to Oct. 25, snapped at 120:15. He made 28 saves in the win.

Reimer made 31 saves in his first start since Jan. 25.

"I hadn't been in there for a while, so you're a little rusty and the game's different than a practice, it's faster," Reimer said. "You have to battle harder through traffic. There was a little rust there, but I felt pretty good."

Nikitin nearly made it 3-0 three minutes into the third. His shot from the point beat Reimer but rang off the post.

Center Tyler Bozak almost got Toronto on the board at 5:30 of the third. He cut through the slot and let go a backhand shot, but Bobrovsky managed to get his blocker on it.

Blue Jackets left winger Nick Foligno had Columbus' best chance of the first period, three minutes in. Anisimov sprung the Foligno on a breakaway, but Reimer got his right pad on the shot.

Defenseman Dion Phaneuf had Toronto's best chance of the opening frame at 9:15, on a power play. His wrist shot got through the legs of Bobrovsky but was cleared by center Ryan Johansen before the puck crossed the goal line.

"It wasn't going to cross," Johansen said of the play, "but I think their guy might've got a stick on it, so lucky break there."

Columbus defenseman Ryan Murray left the game in the first period with a lower-body injury. Richards said Murray would be re-evaluated Tuesday. Richards doesn't believe the injury is severe, but he expects the rookie blue-liner to miss some time.

Toronto travels to New York to play the Rangers on Wednesday, while the Blue Jackets host the Dallas Stars on Tuesday.

NOTES: Leafs LW Frazer McLaren was placed on waivers Monday morning. ... Toronto assigned C Peter Holland to their AHL affiliate Sunday. ... Leafs C Dave Bolland (ankle) missed his 48th game Monday. ... Blue Jackets D Cody Goloubef, who was recalled from the AHL on Feb. 26, was a healthy scratch. ... Columbus RW Blake Comeau (knee) did not play Monday. ... Toronto RW Colton Orr (undisclosed) missed his fifth consecutive game.

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