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34-35-13
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39 SOG
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game recap

Blues 5, Maple Leafs 4, SO

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:51 AM

Associated Press

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Blues 5, Maple Leafs 4, SO
St. Louis Blues 5, Toronto Maple Leafs 4

TORONTO (AP) -With a 3-0 lead after the first period, the Toronto Maple appeared to have control of the game. Then came a bad bounce that led to a goal and a careless boarding penalty by repeat offender Ryan Hollweg, and the St. Louis Blues were suddenly back in it.

Andy McDonald and Brad Boyes scored in a shootout to give the Blues a 5-4 comeback win over the Maple Leafs on Monday.

"We came out really strong, put them down on their butts and we talked during the first intermission that we have to come out really hard and the first 5 minutes (of the second period) was important," Leafs center Nik Antropov said. "Unfortunately, we get a bad bounce, a penalty for 5 minutes, and they capitalized on that."

Manny Legace stopped Nik Antropov, allowed a goal to Nikolai Kulemin and then stopped Pavel Kubina in the shootout to win it. Vesa Toskala was beaten by both St. Louis shooters.

Hollweg, back after serving a two-game suspension for collecting three boarding penalties in a 41-game span, is likely to face more discipline for his hit on Blues rookie defenseman Alex Pietrangelo.

"There's a fine line you dance of being aggressive and then completely pulling back and we've got to work with him to find that fine line," Maple Leafs coach Ron Wilson said.

Pietrangelo may have somewhat turned into the hit, but Hollweg won't get the benefit of the doubt from officials with his track record. A fourth boarding major is expected to earn Hollweg an automatic three-game suspension from the NHL.

"It shouldn't happen in our game and it happened," Blues coach Andy Murray said. "If it was Keith Tkachuk or Alex Pietrangelo, I wouldn't feel any differently about it. It's unnecessary and certainly the league will deal with it."

Boyes banged in a rebound 33 seconds into the second period after Toskala robbed McDonald to make it a 3-1 game. After Hollweg was whistled for his penalty 1:50 later, Patrik Berglund scored on a rebound past a prone Toskala at 4:47 and Keith Tkachuk buried a feed from Paul Kariya at 5:35 to tie the score.

"You have to at least limit the damage and we didn't," Wilson said. "We allowed them right back into the game at that point."

Niklas Hagman restored a lead for the Leafs at the 14-minute mark of the second period.

The Blues tied it at 4 at 4:21 of the third period on Kariya's backhander to set up the dramatic finish in the only meeting of the season between the teams.

Early on it looked like the Thanksgiving Day crowd of 19,045, enjoying a rare afternoon game at the Air Canada Centre, would be treated to a rout from the home side.

Tomas Kaberle got the Leafs on the board a 3:22. Nikolai Kulemin scored with 5:54 left and Alexei Ponikarovsky made it 3-0 a little more than 2 minutes later.

Notes: Hollweg's return to the lineup sent Matt Stajan to the pressbox, ending the center's streak of 178 straight games played. ... Blues RW Lee Stempniak missed his second straight game after tweaking his left knee during the first period of Friday's 5-2 win over Nashville. LW Dwayne King and D Mike Weaver were also scratched. ... Leafs forward Jamal Mayers faced the Blues for the first time since his trade to Toronto in June. He spent his first 10 NHL seasons in St. Louis.

scoring summary
1st Period
03:22
TOR
Tomas Kaberle (1) ASST: Mike Van Ryn (2), Nik Antropov (1)
1 - 0 TOR
14:06
TOR
Nikolay Kulemin (2) ASST: Nik Antropov (2)
2 - 0 TOR
16:10
TOR
Alexei Ponikarovsky (1) ASST: Jason Blake (1)
3 - 0 TOR
2nd Period
00:33
STL
Brad Boyes (3) ASST: Andy McDonald (5), T.J. Oshie (1)
3 - 1 TOR
04:47
STL
PPG - Patrik Berglund (1) ASST: David Perron (3), Steve Wagner (1)
3 - 2 TOR
05:35
STL
PPG - Keith Tkachuk (4) ASST: Paul Kariya (5), Andy McDonald (6)
3 - 3 Tie
14:00
TOR
Niklas Hagman (1) ASST: John Mitchell (1), Jamal Mayers (1)
4 - 3 TOR
3rd Period
04:21
STL
Paul Kariya (1) ASST: Patrik Berglund (2)
4 - 4 Tie
OT Period
NONE
Shootout
RNDTORSTL
1N. AntropovA. McDonald
2N. KuleminB. Boyes
3P. Kubina
penalty summary
1st Period
01:17
STL
David Backes  Holding against  Anton Stralman
10:58
TOR
Dominic Moore  Roughing against  David Backes
10:58
TOR
Dominic Moore  Roughing against  David Backes
10:58
STL
David Backes  Roughing against  Dominic Moore
10:58
STL
David Backes  Roughing against  Dominic Moore
17:45
TOR
Luke Schenn  Hooking against  David Perron
2nd Period
02:23
TOR
Ryan Hollweg  Game misconduct
02:23
TOR
Ryan Hollweg  Boarding (maj) against  Alex Pietrangelo
09:13
STL
Cam Janssen  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
09:49
TOR
Pavel Kubina  Interference against  Jay McClement
10:40
STL
Steve Wagner  Slashing against  Jason Blake
15:32
STL
Andy McDonald  Hi stick - double minor against  Pavel Kubina
16:06
STL
Jay McClement  Tripping against  Niklas Hagman
3rd Period
NONE
OT Period
04:14
TOR
Pavel Kubina  Tripping against  Andy McDonald
goalie stats
Manny Legace
SA: 39TOI: 65:00
Saves: 35EV: 28 - 32
PIM: 0PP: 7 - 7
SV%: .897SH: 0 - 0
Vesa Toskala
SA: 26TOI: 65:00
Saves: 22EV: 17 - 19
PIM: 0PP: 5 - 7
SV%: .846SH: 0 - 0