Fourth line sets tone

TERRY KOSHAN -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 11:08 AM ET

COLUMBUS -- John Pohl did not mind publicly disagreeing with his coach.

When told that Paul Maurice said after last night's 4-2 win against the Blue Jackets the Maple Leafs fourth line was the difference, Pohl smiled.

"That's a nice compliment ... I don't know if I agree with it," Pohl said. "We did play well, but it was one of those games where it was a total team effort."

But Pohl, who scored an insurance goal with less than seven minutes remaining, was not about to deny the confidence boost it gave his line. Pohl centred Bates Battaglia, a linemate for much of last season with the Toronto Marlies, and Ben Ondrus. None played more than eight minutes, but when they were on the ice, they were effective.

"When you play six, seven, eight minutes a game, you want to score whether it is 6-0 or 2-1," Pohl said. "We're going to go out and not take it for granted, that's for sure."

The line drew a penalty on former Leafs defenceman Anders Eriksson, which led to the Leafs' only power-play goal. Overall, the trio hustled everywhere.

"The energy level, they played the game the rest of our team needs to play," Maurice said. "When they play like that, we are going to be a good hockey team."

It was Ondrus' first game of the season after recovering from a bruised leg, and he assisted on Pohl's goal for his first NHL point.

"It's always nice to be a part of a big win," Ondrus said."Every time we step on the ice we have to be ready to go."


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