(Photo: Tom Gannam / Associated Press)
The Blues hosted the Maple Leafs Tuesday night at Enterprise Center. You know the deal. St. Louis came into this one on fire. They had won 10 in a row. One more and they’d set a franchise record. Jordan Binnington just broke the Blues rookie record for consecutive wins by a goaltender with 8. Vladimir Tarasenko looked to increase upon a 12 game streak including 11 goals and 11 assists for 22 points total.
Toronto was coming off of a shutout loss in Arizona to the Coyotes on Saturday. However, the Maple Leafs were 7-2-1 in their last 10 going into this game. Their record on the road was 19-8-2 while St. Louis’ home record was 14-13-2. Toronto ranked 4th among the league in goals for with 206 while the Blues ranked 17th with 174.
St. Louis had shut out Arizona, Colorado, and Minnesota in their last 3 games. In their last 10, the Blues had outscored their opponents 40 to 14 and outshot them 326 to 271. The boys looked to continue making the magic happen.
- Blues: (31-22-5) 3rd in Central
- Team: (36-19-3) 3rd in Atlantic
- Schenn, O’Reilly, Tarasenko
- Schwartz, Bozak, Steen
- Sanford, Sundqvist, Maroon
- MacEachern, Barbashev, Thomas
- Edmundson, Pietrangelo
- Bouwmeester, Parayko
- Dunn, Bortuzzo
St. Louis – Binnington: (12-1-1, 1.58 GAA, .937 SV%)
Toronto – Andersen: (27-12-2, 2.56 GAA, .923 SV%)
St. Louis outshot the Maple Leafs 19-9 in the first period. They blocked 9 Toronto shots and played some solid hockey to start this game. The Blues nearly took an early lead at 3:43 when Vladimir Tarasenko took a shot from the right circle and created a rebound for Ryan O’Reilly. ROR nearly backhanded the puck between his legs on goal, but he hit the side of the net.
Just past the midway point of the period, Alex Steen made a solid play along the left boards in the offensive zone. He quickly sent the puck to the slot for Tyler Bozak who set up Jaden Schwartz. Jaden scored five-hole to put the Blues up 1-0.
— Nathan Kanter (@NathanKanter11) February 20, 2019
With 3:33 remaining, St. Louis went on the Power Play. Travis Dermott hooked Vince Dunn behind Frederik Andersen‘s net. 1 minute and 15 seconds into the Power Play, Parayko scored on a strong wrister from near the blue line to increase the Blues lead to 2. This one was assisted by Jaden Schwartz and Tyler Bozak but Pat Maroon played a key role with the screen.
Colton Parayko’s blistering wrist shot from the point went in and out of the net so quickly that the officials couldn’t catch it originally. Maroon with the screen … 2-0 #stlblues pic.twitter.com/jbHvhSfKMt
— Cristiano Simonetta (@CMS_74_) February 20, 2019
2 points each for Schwartz and Bozak in the 1st frame.
There was no scoring in the 2nd period. Toronto was able to put 16 shots on goal. The Blues registered 13 shots. Jordan Binnington made some key saves to keep the Blues a 2 goal lead. Here’s one of them. Mitch Marner sent the puck to Zach Hyman who was in behind the defense. He went for his backhand and Binner stretched out to deny him with his right pad.
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With 1:02 remaining in the period, the Blues went on their 2nd Power Play of the game. Ron Hainsey went to the box for hooking Tyler Bozak. The Blues did not capitalize, but 58 seconds of the man advantage would carry over into the 3rd period.
After 40 minutes of hockey, St. Louis held leads in shots 32-25, blocked shots 14-7, and hits 9-8.
The Blues began on the Power Play but would not put a shot on goal. Shortly after, St. Louis found themselves in an odd-man rush. Vladimir Tarasenko looked to set up Ryan O’Reilly who was hooked by Andreas Johnsson. The Blues went back to the man advantage at 1:20. Schwartz registered the only shot on goal.
Unfortunately, Alex Pietrangelo turned the puck over in his own zone. At 6:34, Zach Hyman took a shot that bounced off of Joel Edmundson‘s stick and went past Binnington to end the shutout streak at 226:34 and decrease the Blues lead to 1.
the st. louis blues finally allowed a goal pic.twitter.com/7hevvhqmak
— Cristiano Simonetta (@CMS_74_) February 20, 2019
Just 31 seconds later, Auston Matthews was credited with a goal that tied the game. The puck bounced off of his skate, but there was no kicking motion. Nikita Zaitsev took the initial shot. St. Louis chose to challenge for goaltender interference, but the goal stood. Kasperi Kapanen was also credited with an assist.
Shots were an even 8 for the 3rd period.
There was one shot on goal. Ryan O’Reilly seals the deal.
Ryan O’Reilly wins it in OT. pic.twitter.com/eCOYD6Xevt
— Flintor (@TheFlintor) February 20, 2019
Shots on goal were 41 to 33 in favor of St. Louis. The Blues blocked 17 shots to the Maple Leafs’ 10.
Binnington saves 29 of 31 and improves to 13-1-1. St. Louis improves to 32-22-5.
Thank you. Thank you. Thank you! 11 in a row. A new franchise record. Unbelievable. I’m so happy for this team. These guys are really battling for one another. A turnover and two bad bounces had Blues fans on the edges of their seats with their fingers crossed. Who other than Ryan O’Reilly to come in clutch like this? He deserves it. The guy works his tail off every game. He’s been super special.
St. Louis climbs to 69 points. They’re just 4 points behind Nashville with 2 games in hand.
Now, let’s go for 12 in a row.