COLUMBUS - David Clarkson, in his first game of the 2013-14 regular season, reminded observers heís strong on the forecheck and can cycle the puck with the best of them.
The rest of the Maple Leafs on Friday night against the Blue Jackets? Not pretty.
For the first time in five trips to Nationwide Arena, the reeling Leafs fell in regulation time, losing 5-2 against a Jackets team that evened its record at 5-5.
Itís three losses in four games for the Leafs, who soon will be getting to the point where they canít have their record glossing over their inconsistent play. Toronto is 7-4 and plays host to Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday night before heading out on a three-game trip through Western Canada.
Clarkson worked well on a line with Dave Bolland and Jay McClement, often keeping sustained pressure with some dogged forechecking.