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Blues set new franchise mark for wins in a row with 3-2 OT win.

NHL: Toronto Maple Leafs at St. Louis Blues Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

Blues Lineup:

Brayden Schenn - Ryan O’Reilly - Vladimir Tarasenko

Jaden Schwartz - Tyler Bozak - Alexander Steen

Zach Sanford - Oskar Sundqvist - Pat Maroon

Mackenzie MacEachern - Ivan Barbashev - Robert Thomas

Defense

Joel Edmundson - Alex Pietrangelo

Jay Bouwmeester - Colton Parayko

Vince Dunn - Robert Bortuzzo

Goalie

Jordan Binnington

Game Highlights:

First period -

The Blues had plenty of chances early on in this one. The Blues were finally able to get a puck past Leafs’ starter Freddie Anderson midway through. It’s safe to say that Jaden Schwartz has officially gotten the monkey off his back and shot it in the face. A former Leaf Alex Steen passed over to another former Leaf in Tyler Bozak. Bozak then found Schwartz to tap in the puck for a 1-0 lead.

Late in the period, with the Blues on the power play, Colton Parayko rips a shot from the point. At full speed, it looked as if the puck bounced off of the post and away from the net. The horn sounded with two minutes to go in the period. Upon further review, Parayko’s shot did go in the net, and that gave the Blues a 2-0 lead going into intermission. The Blues outshot the Leafs 19-9 in the first. Not that NBCSN could show that during the game or anything.

Second Period -

There wasn’t any scoring, but the Leafs did finally jump into the game. Jordan Binnington made one of his best saves of the night stopping Zach Hyman. Game stayed 2-0 after two.

Third Period -

The only way the Blues were going to lose is if they beat themselves. Alex Pietrangelo was happy to oblige with that statement. Petro turned the puck over in front of Binnington. Zach Hyman then bounced the puck off of Joel Edmundson’s stick and past Binnington to make it 2-1 Blues.

Thirty seconds later, the Leafs tied the game at two. Auston Matthews deflected a Nikita Zaitsev pass off of his skate and into the net. Parayko made the last ditch effort to keep the puck out of the net but failed. I guess if they’re going to end the streak they’re going to do it in the dumbest way possible. Game now tied 2-2.

Overtime -

Ryan O’Reilly did it all for the Blues in the opening moments of OT. Not only did he make a great defensive play on one end of the ice, but he sent the Enterprise crowd home happy. O’Reilly and Tarasenko came in on a two on one. O’Reilly took it himself and scored giving the Blues a franchise record 11 game winning streak.

The Blues lose one streak of shutout time at 233 minutes and 50 seconds between Allen and Binnington. There was another streak that was extended tonight. The Blues have not trailed in 493 minutes and eight seconds. (Feb 5th @ Florida). The Blues outshot the Leafs overall in the game 41-33. The Blues head back out on the road to take on Dallas Thursday night.

Goals -

STL: Schwartz (6) from Bozak (15) and Steen (13), Parayko (10) from Schwartz (21) and Bozak (16) and O’Reilly (23) was unassisted.

TOR: Hyman (11) Unassisted, Matthews (28) from Zaitsev (6) and Kapanen (19)

From The Twit Machine:

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Player of the Game:

The fans. The barn was the loudest I’ve heard it since the beginning of the year.