Blues Open Road Trip with 3-2 Win in Toronto

David Perron tries to get his stick on the puck in front of Toronto goaltender Frederik Anderson. (Chris Young/AP photo)

Our Boys in Blue took to the road in their first of a four-game road trip with the initial stop being in Toronto. It would seem fitting to start the road trip in the city where their names will forever remain etched in the Stanley Cup once it returns to the Hockey Hall of Fame on October 12th.

1st Period

The first period was a ‘feeling out’ frame, as the Leafs outshot the Blues 15-7. Neither team scored.

2nd Period

Oskar Sundqvist gets his 1st goal on the young season with Ivan Barbashev and Jordan Binnington receiving assists.

Trouble was brewing when Frederik Gauthier and William Nylander both scored in a span of 24 seconds to give the Leafs a 2-1 lead.

However, Brayden Schenn netted his 2nd goal of the season with Jaden Schwartz and Vladimir Tarasenko getting helpers with only 48 seconds remaining in the period.

3rd Period

Alex Pietrangelo gets his 2nd goal of the year with David Perron and Sammy Blais stocking up on assists.

Penalties

The boys played a pretty good game, drawing only 3 penalties and holding the lethal Toronto power play scoreless in their man-advantage chances. Perron went off for interference and Carl Gunnarsson was popped twice for holding and high sticking.

Goaltending

Binnington arrived to a raucous crowd that only made him zero in on the focus for the evening which was to fight for the victory. He played like he was playing for a Stanley Cup again.

Final Thoughts

Nice start to the first road trip of the season. Although the Blues have looked less than stellar in the middle frame so far this season, they appeared to bear down and find their groove in this one. The defense was strong and Pietrangelo absorbed 24:33 of ice time as he led the team in minutes on the ice.

Binnington made some saves that could have easily put the team out of reach of their first road victory.

Craig Berube must have had some words of wisdom in getting the players in the right headspace as they came out and put a whole team effort in securing this win. The Blues will not see Toronto again until December 7th so there will be many more games under each team’s belt by that time.

It was good to see the team get their first road win and focus on their next game against the 0-2 Senators on Thursday, October 10th at 6:30.

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