TORONTO (AP) -- Chris Pronger and the St. Louis Blues stopped a streaking
team -- again.
Pronger scored 30 seconds into overtime to give Blues a 3-2 victory over
Toronto on Tuesday night, ending the Maple Leafs' winning streak at eight
"It's a huge win," said Pronger, whose team also ended Nashville's
six-game winning streak Saturday night.
"It's a great feeling to stop a team that's playing with that kind of
confidence. It shows us how well we can play against some of the top teams in
After Toronto's Joe Nieuwendyk tied it with a short-handed goal with 17
seconds left in regulation, Pronger scored on the power-play with a 20-foot
wrist shot from in front of the net.
With Toronto's Tom Fitzgerald serving a four-minute penalty for
high-sticking with 3:01 left in regulation, Nieuwendyk scored after Mats Sundin
and Gary Roberts put shots off goalie Chris Osgood.
"The worst part was that I was so thankful that we clawed back and got the
point, but then to look up and see that I had a minute left in the box, it's
disheartening to say the least," Fitzgerald said.
Sundin also scored for the Maple Leafs, who were outshot 26-15. The winning
streak was Toronto's longest since winning 10 straight at the start of the
"We weren't very good," Toronto's Gary Roberts said. "We might been
fatigued. We definitely didn't play the way we have been playing."
Mark Rycroft and Dallas Drake had second-period goals for the Blues, who
tied with Detroit for first place in the Central Division. St. Louis is
unbeaten in four.
Toronto went 0-for-7 on the power play. In its last 11 games, St. Louis has
killed 41 of 43 power-play chances.
"The penalty kill has been a huge part of our success," St. Louis center
Doug Weight said. "I loved the way we played. Unfortunately, they got a goal
with 17 seconds left, but we bailed ourselves out in overtime."
The Maple Leafs lost at home for the first time since a 7-1 loss to
Philadelphia on Nov. 1 -- a span of seven games.
"They are one of the elite teams in the league, and you always want to try
to measure up against the top teams," Blues winger Scott Mellanby said.
Rycroft scored after rookie forward Matt Stajan couldn't tie him up behind
the net. Rycroft skated from behind and put a shot over goalie Ed Belfour at
7:58. Stajan banged his stick to the ice in frustration.
Drake scored St. Louis' fourth short-handed goal of the season at 14:28.
Jamal Mayers and Drake skated in on a two-on-one and Drake put a one-timer past
Sundin, standing in front of the net, redirected Toronto defenseman Karel
Pilar's pass less than two minutes later.