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
Joel Edmundson - Alex Pietrangelo
Jay Bouwmeester - Colton Parayko
Vince Dunn - Robert Bortuzzo
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.
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.
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:
Thanks #stlblues now I have to try and sleep with an erection.— Jake Fulton (@FultySTL) February 20, 2019
Bobby Plager on the catalyst to the Blues' success: "It's No. 90. If I was a player, I would be embarrassed if I didn't go out and give it 100 percent and do something after watching the way he plays. He's never cheated this team. He's never cheated his teammates." #stlblues— Jeremy Rutherford (@jprutherford) February 20, 2019
Well alright then.
Player of the Game:
The fans. The barn was the loudest I’ve heard it since the beginning of the year.