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game recap

Leafs top Blues 3-2 in shootout

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:50 AM

Louie Korac - NHL.com Correspondent

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Leafs top Blues 3-2 in shootout
Toronto Maple Leafs 3, St. Louis Blues 2
Three Stars of the Game
Ben Scrivens
1st
SA: 40TOI: 65:00
GA: 2EV: 33-34
PIM: 2PP: 5-6
SV%: .950SH: 0-0
David Backes
2nd
G: 0Shots: 4
A: 0Hits: 2
PTS: 0PIM: 0
+/-: 0TOI: 21:42
Phil Kessel
3rd
G: 1Shots: 3
A: 0Hits: 0
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: -1TOI: 19:50

ST. LOUIS -- Ben Scrivens is listed as 6-foot-2 and 192 pounds. He probably looked a lot bigger than that to the St. Louis Blues on Thursday night.

Scrivens, making only his third NHL start, played by far the best game of his brief career, stopping 37 shots in regulation and all three St. Louis shootout attempts to help the Toronto Maple Leafs steal two points with a 3-2 win.

Phil Kessel had the only goal in the tiebreaker for the Leafs, who snapped a two-game slide.

The Blues have never seen Scrivens before, and since the two teams play in different conferences, he hadn't seen much of them either.

"It's a double-edged sword," Scrivens said of the lack of familiarity on both sides. "They don't know much about me. Also, I don't know much about them so I just tried to get out there and stay big and try and track the puck and force them to beat me with a good move or a good shot."

John-Michael Liles and Kessel scored first-period power-play goals and Tyler Bozak added a pair of assists for the Leafs, who had been outscored 12-1 in their previous two games.

"The first period was maybe our best period of the season," said Leafs coach Ron Wilson, whose team outshot the Blues 14-8 in the opening 20 minutes.

He couldn't have been happy with the next 45 minutes -- St. Louis outshot Toronto 32-8 the rest of the way but managed only goals from Jason Arnott and Patrik Berglund, who forced overtime by connecting with 1:56 left in the third period.

Blues goaltender Jaroslav Halak stopped 20 shots but made several key stops on Kessel in the first period to keep his team from falling further behind.

"When it was 2-0, (Halak) made a couple big saves there, one at the end of the period," Blues coach Ken Hitchcock said. "It was a good sign for us, a good save."

After the Blues' initial push in which they took the first three shots off of Scrivens, the Leafs picked up their game and outskated the Blues, drawing three power plays and scoring on two of them.

"We were just reaching (in the first period)," Hitchcock said. "We were riding and reaching. We weren't engaged with our feet, and then when we got engaged, then they started taking all the penalties. Those are good lessons for us."

Liles took a pass from Dion Phaneuf and beat Halak from the right circle with a low, hard shot to the stick side 11:27 into the game. Kessel put Toronto up 2-0 at 17:02 when he deflected Joffrey Lupul's shot over Halak on the Leafs' third power play of the period. The Leafs came into the game having scored on only one of their last 16 power-play chances.

Whatever Hitchcock said between periods must have worked -- they began to dominate play. Arnott sliced the lead in half with a power-play goal at 8:01 on a pinpoint feed from Alex Pietrangelo into the slot.

Scrivens, after a shaky start in which he gave up some gaudy rebounds, made big stops on Alex Steen early in the third and David Backes from right in front midway through the period.

"He played great," Liles said of Scrivens. "He made the big saves and made saves when we needed them. He obviously was a rock in the shootout."

The Blues continued to push, even getting a late power play but could not convert, as Patrik Berglund's redirection skimmed off the outside of the left post. But Berglund earned the Blues a point when he banged a rebound past Scrivens to force OT.

"I was in kind of desperation mode," Scrivens said. "They made a good play and they just funneled it to the net."

The Blues threw everything but the kitchen sink at the Leafs but couldn't get the winner.

"I thought we did a good job of funneling pucks to the net," Steen said. "We just missed our opportunities. I had one, (Berglund) had a really good one. It ended up costing us the game.

"Good two periods, but I think we should have had the two points. The truth is, we walked away with one. Now we move forward."

scoring summary
1st Period
11:27
TOR
PPG - John-Michael Liles (2) ASST: Dion Phaneuf (10), Tyler Bozak (6)
1 - 0 TOR
17:02
TOR
PPG - Phil Kessel (12) ASST: Joffrey Lupul (10), Tyler Bozak (7)
2 - 0 TOR
2nd Period
08:01
STL
PPG - Jason Arnott (4) ASST: Alex Pietrangelo (5), Carlo Colaiacovo (4)
2 - 1 TOR
3rd Period
18:04
STL
Patrik Berglund (4) ASST: Chris Stewart (2), Kevin Shattenkirk (9)
2 - 2 Tie
OT Period
NONE
Shootout
RNDSTLTOR
1A. SteenP. Kessel
2T. OshieM. Grabovski
3M. D'Agostini
penalty summary
1st Period
10:45
STL
Patrik Berglund  Boarding against  Clarke MacArthur
14:29
STL
Vladimir Sobotka  Interference on goalkeeper against  Ben Scrivens
16:52
STL
Matt D'Agostini  Tripping against  Matt Frattin
19:02
TOR
Dion Phaneuf  Hi-sticking against  Alexander Steen
2nd Period
07:37
TOR
Dion Phaneuf  Slashing against  Matt D'Agostini
14:57
TOR
Carl Gunnarsson  Hooking against  T.J. Oshie
20:00
STL
Barret Jackman  Cross checking against  Dion Phaneuf
20:00
TOR
Dion Phaneuf  Roughing against  Barret Jackman
3rd Period
12:59
TOR
Joffrey Lupul  Slashing against  David Backes
OT Period
04:46
TOR
Ben Scrivens  Interference against  Jason Arnott
goalie stats
Ben Scrivens
SA: 40TOI: 65:00
Saves: 38EV: 33 - 34
PIM: 2PP: 5 - 6
SV%: .950SH: 0 - 0
Jaroslav Halak
SA: 22TOI: 64:57
Saves: 20EV: 16 - 16
PIM: 0PP: 4 - 6
SV%: .909SH: 0 - 0