Lucas Viveiros | Report
The Toronto Maple Leafs suffered their second straight defeat with a 4-1 home loss to the St. Louis Blues on Saturday night.
The Maple Leafs offense fell flat for a second straight home game, now having only scored one goal in their past two decisions, after scoring in bunches through their first seven games of the season.
St. Louis goaltender Jake Allen who has struggled to start the season, was able to shut down the Leafs with 22 saves on 23 shots (most of those coming in the final frame).
Saturday marked the return of former Leafs centreman Tyler Bozak, who played his first game in Toronto since embarking on a new future with St. Louis.
Following a scoreless first period, the Blues grabbed the lead at 4:45 of the second period when d-man Robert Bortuzzo sent a point shot on night, deflecting off of Leafs d-man Travis Dermott and in.
Andersen then was called into action, stoning Brayden Schenn later in the period, but failed to stop Zach Sanford at 13:05 of the second, making it 2-0 Blues.
Then, with just under three and a half minutes to play in the middle frame, as a Maple Leafs penalty expired, Ryan O’Reilly (acquired in the offseason from Buffalo) scored his first as a member of the Blues off of a beautiful pass from Vladimir Tarasenko.
Toronto headed to the dressing room down 3-0 at home, being held to only eight shots through their first 40 minutes of play.
Morgan Rielly, who came into the contest leading NHL defenseman in scoring, added another tally (his fourth of the season) just 4:22 into the third, but that would be all the scoring Toronto could muster up in this one.
Ivan Barbashev would add an empty netter for St. Louis, as the Blues would go on to win the game by a final score of 4-1.
Revisit all of the game’s highlights below.
Next, Toronto will travel to Winnipeg in a battle of the top two pick’s from the 2016 draft in Auston Matthews and Patrik Laine.
Puck drop is set for 7:00pm from Bell MTS Place, and can be seen on Sportsnet.
More news from the ice
- Tyler Bozak was honoured during the game’s first TV timeout with a montage
- St Louis d-man Jay Bouwmeester was a healthy scratch for the first time in his 16-year career
- Despite not registering a point in back to back games, Auston Matthews continues to lead the NHL in scoring with 16 points
- The Leafs dropped to 2-3-0 at home on the season and 6-3-0 overall
Out of town scoreboard
New Jersey 2 Philadelphia 5
Colorado 3 Carolina 1
Buffalo 5 Los Angeles 1
Arizona 3 Winnipeg 5
Montreal 3 Ottawa 4 (OT)
Detroit 4 Florida 3 (OT)
Chicago 4 Columbus 1
Tampa Bay 4 Minnesota 5 (OT)
Boston 1 Vancouver 2 (OT)
Anaheim 1 Vegas 3
Nashville 3 Edmonton 0
NY Islanders 1 San Jose 4
More coverage to follow. Image from the Ottawa Sun.