O’Reilly’s overtime goal gives St Louis Blues the victory over Toronto Maple Leafs
Ryan O’Reilly scored 34 seconds into overtime and the St. Louis Blues beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 3-2 on Tuesday night for their franchise-record 11th straight victory.
O’Reilly started the game-winning sequence with a stellar defensive play to break up a Maple Leafs chance. The effort created a 2-on-1 break with Vladimir Tarasenko, but O’Reilly took the shot himself.
Jaden Schwartz and Colton Parayko also scored and Tyler Bozak had two assists for the Blues. Binnington made 29 saves to win his ninth straight, extending the longest winning streak in franchise history for a rookie goaltender.
Zach Hyman and Auston Matthews scored third-period goals as the Maple Leafs erased a 2-0 deficit. Frederik Andersen made 38 saves as Toronto wrapped up a six-game road trip with a 3-2-1 mark.
Toronto started their push in the second period when it outshot St. Louis 16-13, but Binnington preserved the lead.
“That goalie there is playing unbelievable,” Marner said of Binnington. “You saw how many chances he saved tonight that were pretty Grade A. He’s playing unbelievable for them.”
Hyman scored at 6:34 of the third, snapping the Blues’ shutout streak at 233:50.
Matthews followed just 31 seconds later as the puck deflected off his skate past Binnington. It was Matthews’ first career point in six games against the Blues, who were the only team he didn’t have a point against.
“I would have liked to seen us crawl our way back and win the game, but I thought we did a lot of good things today in the latter half of the game to set us up for success and I was impressed with a lot of our play,” Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock said.
Schwartz gave the Blues a 1-0 lead midway through the first, scoring off a backhand feed from Bozak. Alexander Steen started the play, forcing a turnover in the Maple Leafs’ zone.
Parayko made it 2-0 with a power-play goal with 2:18 left in the first. Parayko’s shot was initially ruled off the post. Once play was stopped nearly 20 seconds later, a review showed the puck hit the bar and went in.
Toronto centre Nazem Kadri left the game with a concussion after the first period. Kadri took a big hit from Vince Dunn early in the game. While Maple Leafs LW Andreas Johnsson returned to the lineup after missing one game with a leg injury.
The Maple Leafs trail the Boston Bruins by two points for second place in the Atlantic Division.
“I think we can be proud of our effort,” Matthews said. “All in all, battling back there in the third to score two goals and force it into overtime and get a point. It could have gone either way, but we kind of figured it out halfway through the second and in the third and started playing a lot better.”
Marner summed up the Leafs reaction. He said: “It’s nice (to get a point), but at the same time we can’t be happy with that. If we played the whole 60 [minutes] like we did the second and third, I felt like we could have won this game.”