During a nightmarish first month of the season, goaltender Steve Mason was neither bad enough to blame nor good enough to pull the Blue Jackets out of the muck.

But last night, in a start that harkened back to some of his worst performances of the past two seasons, Mason grabbed the steering wheel of this careening jalopy and drove it directly into a culvert.

The Toronto Maple Leafs eased their way to a 4-1 win before 14,306 in Nationwide Arena. A running clock would have been handy over the final 30 minutes.

"It wasn't a good night," Mason said. "We outplayed them and their goaltender made key saves and we weren't able to capitalize.

"Obviously I didn't do my part tonight."