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Blues stop Leafs

by Staff Writer / Toronto Maple Leafs
TORONTO (AP) - Keith Tkachuk and Pavol Demitra each had a goal and an assist, and Doug Weight scored his first goal for St. Louis in the Blues' 5-2 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday night. Sergei Varlamov and Cory Stillman also scored for the Blues, who won for the first time in four games this season.

Travis Green and Robert Reichel had goals for the Maple Leafs.

The Blues, who reloaded over the summer, traded starting goalie Roman Turek and let top scorer Pierre Turgeon leave as a free agent, got off to a poor start this season. They tied their first two games against Columbus and Nashville, and blew a 4-2 third-period lead against Los Angeles last Thursday.

But the Blues took an early lead against Toronto, and made it stand.

Tkachuk, acquired from Phoenix before last season's trade deadline, poked in his own rebound at 5:35 of the first to give St. Louis a 1-0 lead. Varlamov skated from behind the net and flicked the puck over Joseph's glove for a 2-0 lead at 8:38.

Weight, acquired from Edmonton over the summer, gave the Blues a 3-0 lead on a power-play goal at 8:46 of the second when he paused for a few seconds before snapping a wrist shot past Curtis Joseph.

Demitra scored his fourth goal of the season at 13:25 to make it 4-0.

Joseph allowed five goals on 24 shots for the Maple Leafs, who have just two wins in five games.

Toronto narrowed it to 4-1 on a power-play goal at 15:02 of the second when Green tipped in Bryan Mccabe's shot from the point. Stillman made it 5-1 at 16:56.

Reichel scored for Toronto at 18:50 of the second to make it 5-2.

St. Louis goalie Fred Brathwaite, acquired from Calgary in exchange for Turek, made 18 saves.

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