Korpisalo will get the starting nod for Wednesday's Game 5 clash with Tampa Bay.
Korpisalo is sporting a 1.65 GAA and .950 save percentage through the first four games of the series but has secured just one win thus far. As long as the netminder continues to perform at an elite level, he should give his offense the opportunity to stave off elimination.
Korpisalo made 20 saves Monday during the Blue Jackets' 2-1 loss to the Lightning in Game 4 of their first-round series.
All the scoring came during a six-minute stretch to open the second period, and Korpisalo had little chance on either Tampa goal. He nearly stopped the first one, just getting his blocker on Barclay Goodrow's shot from in close, and the second came on a redirected blast by Kevin Shattenkirk from the top of the circle. Korpisalo's .953 save percentage this postseason isn't reflected in his 3-4 record, but nonetheless the Jackets are now facing elimination in Game 5 on Wednesday.
Korpisalo will be between the pipes in Game 4 versus Tampa Bay on Monday, Blue Jackets team reporter Jeff Svoboda reports.
Korpisalo faced 30-plus shots for the fourth straight game and should continue to face plenty of pressure from the Lightning, who have averaged 41.0 shots per game in the postseason. Considering Columbus is converting at a rate of just 2.38 goals per game in eight playoff contests, he'll likely need to be solid again Monday for a shot at a victory.
Korpisalo allowed three goals on 34 shots Saturday in a 3-2 loss to Tampa Bay in Game 3.
It was the fifth straight start in which Korpisalo was forced to make 30-plus saves. He was caught straying from his post on a 2-on-1 on Alex Killorn's opening goal in the first period, then was beaten on point-blank looks by Brayden Point and Victor Hedman. Despite the loss, Korpisalo owns a sparkling 1.51 GAA and .956 save percentage in seven postseason appearances.
Korpisalo will tend the twine in Saturday's Game 3 matchup against the Lightning, Blue Jackets team reporter Jeff Svoboda reports.
Korpisalo has been absolutely lights-out this postseason with a .962 save percentage and 1.30 GAA, and he'll need to keep it up for the Blue Jackets to take their first lead of the series. The Finnish netminder faced plenty of action in Thursday's 3-1 win, denying 36 shots, and he's tough to fade even against the highly touted Lightning.
Korpisalo made 36 saves in a 3-1 win over the Lightning on Thursday.
Korpisalo is 3-2 with a 1.30 GAA, .962 save percentage and two shutouts in six postseason games. The Bolts opened with a flurry and had the game's first 10 shots. Nikita Kucherov scored at 5:24 of the first, but Korpisalo bricked up the twine tent from that point out. His talent isn't a secret anymore.
Korpisalo is slated to start Thursday's Game 2 against the Lightning.
On the heels of his 85-save performance in Game 1, Korpisalo will be back between the pipes Thursday. Through five postseason outings, the Finnish netminder is sporting a 2-2 record with a 1.34 GAA and .960 save percentage. The netminder figures to keep racking up the saves in Game 2, though he's unlikely to see anywhere close to the same amount of rubber after the 5OT marathon that was Game 1.
Korpisalo set a new NHL record by making 85 saves in Tuesday's 3-2 quintuple-overtime loss to the Lightning during Game 1.
At one point, the 26-year-old made over 50 consecutive stops, but Korpisalo and the Jackets finally succumbed just past the six-hour mark of the contest. He shattered the old record for saves in a single game of 73, set by Kelly Hrudey in 1987 -- an impressive achievement made all the more remarkable considering it was only Korpisalo's fifth career postseason game. He now has an absurd .960 save percentage in the playoffs, and he'll try to get as much rest as he can before the teams meet again in Game 2 on Thursday afternoon.
Korpisalo will be between the pipes for Tuesday's Game 1 clash with the Lightning, Blue Jackets team reporter Jeff Svoboda reports.
Korpisalo went 2-1 with a 1.45 GAA in his four outings during the play-in round clash with Toronto. The netminder was given the hook in Game 3 and then watched from the bench in Game 4. Still, with the series on the line, the Finn posted a 33-save shutout performance Sunday to secure the series-clinching win.
Korpisalo kicked away 33 shots in a 3-0 victory over Toronto on Sunday in Game 5.
Korpisalo closed out the series the same way he opened it: with a shutout victory. The 26-year-old was locked in throughout the night, but perhaps his biggest save was a glove stop on an Andreas Johnsson one-timer in the third period shortly after Columbus had stretched the lead to 2-0. Korpisalo logged a spectacular .956 save percentage in his four appearances during the series and will face No. 2 seed Tampa Bay in Round 1.
Korpisalo will guard the cage during Sunday's Game 5 versus Toronto, Lance Hornby of The Toronto Sun reports.
Korpisalo was fantastic in the first two games of the series, registering a combined 1.02 GAA and .970 save percentage, but he stumbled in Game 3, surrendering three goals on 15 shots before being replaced by Elvis Merzlikins, which led to Merzlikins getting the starting nod for Game 4. Merzlikins didn't play poorly in Friday's Game 4 loss, but coach John Tortorella has nonetheless decided to go back to the netminder he trusted to lead the way to begin the postseason for a must-win Game 5. If Korpi is able to secure the second postseason win of his career Sunday, he'll likely continue to serve as the Blue Jackets' No. 1 option heading into the next round.
Korpisalo gave up three goals on 15 shots before being replaced by Elvis Merzlikins in Thursday's 4-3 win in Game 3 versus Maple Leafs.
Korpisalo was ineffective against the Maple Leafs, forcing head coach John Tortorella to make the change between the pipes. Merzlikins played admirably, stopping 21 shots while backstopping the Blue Jackets to a comeback. It remains to be seen which netminder will get the nod for Friday's Game 4.
Korpisalo will get the starting nod in Thursday's Game 3 clash with Toronto, Mark Scheig of The Hockey Writers reports.
Despite losing Game 2, Korpisalo put up solid numbers as he stopped 36 of 38 shots, giving him a two-game save percentage of .970. If the Finnish netminder can maintain that level of production, he should be able to help secure a 2-1 series lead, though he'll need some offensive support.
Korpisalo stopped 36 of 38 shots Tuesday in a 3-0 loss to Toronto in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Qualifiers.
Korpisalo, who blanked the Maple Leafs in Game 1, was terrific once again, holding Toronto off the board until an Auston Matthews redirect found the net with four minutes left in the second period. The only other goal allowed by Korpisalo was a John Tavares breakaway early in the final frame. Korpisalo has turned away 64 of 66 shots (.970 save percentage) in the series so far, cementing himself as Columbus' No. 1 goaltender.
Korpisalo will tend the twine for Tuesday's Game 2 clash with Toronto.
Korpisalo put together a perfect 28-save performance in Game 1, shutting down Toronto's world-class stars. The Jackets netminder will continue to face significant pressure from the Leafs, which makes him an intriguing value play if he can rack up the saves and walk away with another win.
Korpisalo posted a 28-save shutout in Sunday's 2-0 win over the Maple Leafs in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Qualifiers.
Auston Matthews led the way with six shots on goal for the Maple Leafs, but Korpisalo was up to the task. During the regular season, the Finn had a 19-12-5 record with a 2.60 GAA and a .911 save percentage. The strong performance all but assures Korpisalo's status as the top option in goal for head coach John Tortorella.
Korpisalo will start between the pipes in Sunday's Game 1 against the Maple Leafs, Brian Hedger of NHL.com reports.
Elvis Merzlikins posted significantly better ratios than Korpisalo during the regular season, but Korpi is the far more experienced netminder having been in the league for five seasons as opposed to Merzlikins' one year of NHL play, which likely factored into coach John Tortorella's decision. Korpisalo made two starts against Toronto during the regular season, splitting those contests while posting a 3.44 GAA and .883 save percentage.
Korpisalo inked a two-year, $5.6 million contract extension with Columbus on Friday.
In his first season as a full-time starter, Korpisalo registered a 19-12-5 record with two shutouts and a 2.60 GAA in 37 outings prior to the league going on hiatus. A knee injury cost the netminder 24 games this year but shouldn't impact his ability to carry the load for the Jackets going forward. It's a short-term deal for the 25-year-old backstop, though it does buy out his RFA years which will allow him to become an unrestricted free agent following the 2021-22 campaign.
Korpisalo gave up three goals on 23 shots in a 4-1 loss to the Oilers on Saturday.
The Finnish goalie wasn't tested nearly as often as his fellow countryman, the Oilers' Mikko Koskinen. Korpisalo also wasn't as strong in the crease, taking his third loss in five games (2-2-1) since returning from a knee injury. The 25-year-old netminder dropped to 19-12-5 with a 2.60 GAA and a .911 save percentage through 37 appearances. With Elvis Merzlikins (concussion) back in the fold, Korpisalo's time as the undisputed starter has likely come to a close.
Korpisalo will start Saturday's game in Edmonton, Jeff Svoboda of Jackets Insider reports.
Korpisalo has delivered a decent stretch for the Blue Jackets as they try to cling to a playoff spot, going 2-1-1 with 11 goals allowed in four appearances since returning from injury. He'll have the unenviable task of trying to slow down an Oilers team that features two superstars in Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl, as well as increased scoring depth that was bolstered at the trade deadline.
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|08/15||vs TB||L 2-3||0||1||0||3||31||34|
|08/13||@ TB||W 3-1||1||0||0||1||36||37|
|08/11||@ TB||L 2-3 (5 OT)||0||1||0||3||85||88|
|08/09||@ TOR||W 3-0||1||0||0||0||33||33|
|08/06||vs TOR||W 4-3 (OT)||0||0||0||3||12||15|
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