Maple Leafs earn pity point but can’t end red-hot Blues winning streak

Lucas Viveiros | Report

After trailing by two, the Toronto Maple Leafs battled back to earn a point against the hottest team in hockey on Tuesday night, but ultimately took the loss 3-2 in overtime against the St. Louis Blues.

The Blues came out looking for their 11th straight victory, and were hounding pucks and dominating possession in the Maple Leafs end early on. Freddy Andersen would be forced to make some big time saves from the outset, and had already faced 11 shots before the midway mark of the first.

Toronto centre Nazem Kadri also was tested in the beginning of the game, facing multiple hard run in’s from Blues players Vince Dunn and Brayden Schenn. As a result, Kadri would leave the game with a concussion and would not return.

Following some more momentum being generated from the Blues physical play, St. Louis would grasp the first goal of the hockey game when Jake Muzzin would fall on an attempted clearing attempt, leaving Jaden Schwartz all alone in front to bang home the tally.

Later in the period, the Blues would be back for more on the power-play, which featured former Leafs forward Tyler Bozak. Defenceman Colton Parayko would put St. Louis out in front 2-0 at 17:42 of the first, after Schwartz and Bozak would set up the Parayko point shot. The goal would be St. Louis’ 18th shot of the game, and originally wasn’t deemed to have been a goal, as the play would continue for about 15 seconds before the horn would sound signalling the puck did in fact cross the line.

The second period would see the game begin to balance out, with the Leafs forcing Jordan Binnington to make some ten-bell saves. Nothing would come from it however until the third period, as the score would remain 2-0 after 40 minutes of play.

Toronto would finally get on the board at 6:34 of the third when Zach Hyman would bang a centring pass off of Joel Edmundson and in, ending Jordan Binnington’s shutout streak at 233 minutes and 50 seconds, and cutting the lead to 2-1.

The Maple Leafs would ride the wave of that momentum and even the game at two’s 31 seconds later, when Auston Matthews would bang home the loose puck in front to silence the Enterprise Center. After video review took a look at possible goaltender interference, the goal would be deemed to be a good one and as a result fans would see some overtime in this contest.

In the extra frame, Ryan O’Reilly would carry the puck into the Leafs end on a two-on-one with Tarasenko, and he would choose to keep the disk, firing it upstairs blocker side to win the game 3-2 and extend the Blues winning streak to 11 straight games.

Revisit the game’s highlights below.

Up next, Toronto will return home to welcome Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals on Thursday night.

Game time is scheduled for 7:00pm from Scotiabank Arena, and can be watched on TSN4.

More news from the ice

  • Toronto have now lost six straight games to the St. Louis Blues (0-3-3)
  • The Maple Leafs are now 6-4 in overtime games this season
  • Auston Matthews has now recorded a point against every NHL opponent
  • Andreas Johnsson returned to the lineup after missing one game with a leg injury
  • Richmond Hill native, Jordan Binnington improved to 13-1-1 this season with a record of 9-0-0 in his last nine contests
  • Vladimir Tarasenko had his NHL-high 12 game point streak come to an end
  • St. Louis’ 11 game winning streak is a franchise record, and the longest win streak in the NHL since the Columbus Blue Jackets won 16 straight in 2016-2017

Out of town scoreboard

Tuesday, February 19

Buffalo 2 Florida 4

Pittsburgh 4 New Jersey 3

Tampa Bay 5 Philadelphia 2

NY Rangers 2 Carolina 1

Columbus 2 Montreal 3

Anaheim 4 Minnesota 0

Nashville 5 Dallas 3

Arizona 3 Edmonton (SO)

More coverage to follow. Image from Maple Leafs Hot Stove.

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