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Blues top Maple Leafs in OT, set their record with 11th straight win

St. Louis matches longest streak in NHL this season; Toronto rallies in third

by Louie Korac / NHL.com Correspondent

O'Reilly wins it in overtime

TOR@STL: O'Reilly goes bar down for OT winner

Ryan O'Reilly snaps a shot on the rush over Frederik Andersen in overtime, and the Blues set a club record with their 11th straight win

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ST. LOUIS -- The St. Louis Blues set a team record with their 11th straight win when Ryan O'Reilly scored 34 seconds into overtime for a 3-2 victory against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Enterprise Center on Tuesday.

O'Reilly scored on a 2-on-1 with Vladimir Tarasenko after he broke up a pass from Maple Leafs forward Mitchell Marner behind the Blues net. O'Reilly skated down the right wing, looked off Tarasenko, and shot from the face-off circle high over Frederik Andersen's blocker.

"Marner was winding up there," O'Reilly said. "He kind of saw that he had me beat. He was just flying. It was just a desperate [attempt] trying to get back and you see when (Blues goalie Jordan Binnington) went down, he was going to try and throw it in front and I just try and get a stick on it and lucky for us, put it in an area where we can go 2-on-1."

 

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Jaden Schwartz and Colton Parayko scored for St. Louis (32-22-5), which was tied with the Buffalo Sabres (Nov. 8-27) for the longest winning streak in the NHL this season. The Blues, who moved six points ahead of the Dallas Stars for third place in the Central Division, haven't trailed in a game since Feb. 5, a stretch of 493:42.

"It's always good. It's great," St. Louis captain Alex Pietrangelo said. "Especially after the way we started this year, so it's a good push for us.

"We've come a long way since [early in the season]. For me and everybody else, we get the sense we're not really satisfied."

Video: TOR@STL: Binnington makes great stop on Hyman

Binnington made 31 saves for the Blues, whose shutout streak ended at 233:50, the second longest in their history (258:29, set in March 2016). Binnington has won nine straight starts, a Blues rookie record.

Zach Hyman and Auston Matthews scored, and Andersen made 38 saves for Toronto (36-19-4), which went 3-2-1 on a six-game road trip. The Maple Leafs trail the Boston Bruins by two points for second place in the Atlantic Division.

"I think we can be proud of our effort," Matthews said. "All in all, battling back there in the third to score two goals and force it into overtime and get a point. It could have gone either way, but we kind of figured it out halfway through the second and in the third and started playing a lot better."

St. Louis took a 2-0 lead for the seventh straight game when Schwartz (10:13) and Parayko (17:42) scored in the first period. The Blues outshot the Maple Leafs 19-9.

Parayko's goal, which came on the power play, needed a review after it wasn't initially called a goal on the ice.

"I thought it hit the post, because I didn't see anybody react and the goal horn go off or anything," Parayko said.

Video: TOR@STL: Parayko rifles home powerful wrist shot

Toronto started its push in the second period when it outshot St. Louis 16-13, but Binnington preserved the lead.

"That goalie there is playing unbelievable," Marner said of Binnington. "You saw how many chances he saved tonight that were pretty Grade A. He's playing unbelievable for them."

The Maple Leafs rallied with two goals in 31 seconds in the third period. Hyman ended the Blues' shutout streak at 6:34 before Matthews tied it 2-2 at 7:05.

"I would have liked to have seen us crawl our way back and win the game, but I thought we did a lot of good things today in the latter half of the game to set us up for success, and I was impressed with a lot of our play," Toronto coach Mike Babcock said.

Video: TOR@STL: Hyman, Matthews score 31 seconds apart

 

They said it

"It's nice (to get a point), but at the same time we can't be happy with that. If we played the whole 60 [minutes] like we did the second and third, I felt like we could have won this game." -- Maple Leafs forward Mitchell Marner

 

"Oh gosh, it's exciting. It's fun hockey. We're really enjoying it." -- Blues center Ryan O'Reilly

Video: EA Sports Overtime Winner: O'Reilly, Blues set record

 

Need to know

Maple Leafs center Nazem Kadri did not play after the first period because of a concussion after being hit by Blues defenseman Vince Dunn. There was no update after the game. … Toronto forward Patrick Marleau needs to play one game to tie Scott Stevens (1,635) for eighth in NHL history. ... Matthews' goal was his first point in six career games against the Blues. He now has at least a point against every NHL team. ... Tarasenko's NHL career-high 12-game point streak ended. He had 22 points (11 goals, 11 assists) over that stretch. … O'Reilly has 19 points (seven goals, 12 assists) in his past 16 games.

 

What's next

Maple Leafs: Host the Washington Capitals on Thursday (7 p.m. ET; ESPN+, TVAS, TSN4, NBCSWA, NHL.TV)

Blues: At the Dallas Stars on Thursday (8:30 p.m. ET; FS-SW, FS-MW, NHL.TV)

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