NHL Game Summary - Toronto at St. Louis
(Tuesday, February 6th)
Final Score: Toronto 2, St. Louis 1
St. Louis, MO (Sports Network) - Andrew Raycroft made 19 saves, including a spectacular diving stop in the third period to preserve the lead, as the Toronto Maple Leafs edged the St. Louis Blues, 2-1, at Scottrade Center.
Alex Steen scored the winning goal and Alexei Ponikarovsky also lit the lamp for Toronto, which has won a season-best five in a row.
Ryan Johnson had his team's lone goal and Manny Legace turned away 14 shots for the Blues, who have dropped four of five.
Toronto wasn't having the best of luck early on, as a Steen shot from the high slot caromed off both goal posts before harmlessly fluttering out of the crease.
The road team cashed in moments later, though, on a rebound putback by Ponikarovsky with 4:05 left in the first period.
Johnson's nice individual effort tied it at 1-1 midway through the second. With a head of steam, the center flew behind the defense along the left wing, cut toward the net and then slipped a backhand shot through the five-hole of Raycroft.
The Maple Leafs regained the advantage with 1:43 remaining in the middle stanza. After an extended period of cycling in the St. Louis zone, Steen took over along the right side of the net and let go a shot from a severe angle along the goal line that deflected off Legace's stick and in.
It appeared that the Blues would tie the contest early in the third period, but Raycroft came up huge.
St. Louis won a draw in the Toronto zone and fired off a shot from the high slot, which Raycroft made a toe save on. The puck, though, slid toward the right circle, where Bill Guerin gained control with a look at a wide open net. Raycroft quickly shifted toward the play, dove and then snared Guerin's shot out of mid-air for the highlight of the night.
He and the Toronto defense kept the Blues off the board the rest of the way to claim the win.
St. Louis was 0-for-4 on the power play, while Toronto went 1-for-2...Raycroft has yielded only six goals over the course of Toronto's five-game win streak and was named the NHL's First Star of the Week on Monday...St. Louis' Martin Rucinsky left with a lower body injury in the first period and did not return.
02/06 23:09:38 ET