In the beginning of the season, the Blues were finding ways to lose games. Now, they’re managing to pull out wins.
Ryan O’Reilly scored 34 seconds into overtime and the Blues beat Toronto 3-2 in St. Louis on Tuesday night for their franchise-record 11th straight victory.
“It’s fun hockey,” O’Reilly said. “We’re really enjoying it. You see from the start of the year how frustrating it was and how we kept working and working and not getting the result. Now, you see the way we’ve come together and everybody’s invested in each other. Everyone’s trying to make it easier for the next guy. Again, that wasn’t a perfect game.”
O’Reilly started the game-winning sequence with a stellar defensive play to break up a Toronto chance. The effort created a 2-on-1 break with Vladimir Tarasenko, but O’Reilly took the shot himself.
Mitch Marner “was winding up there. I kind of saw that he had me beat already so just went flying — just a desperate play, trying to get back,” O’Reilly said, adding that he saw St. Louis goalie Jordan Binnington go down “and he was going to try to throw it in front. Got my stick down and luckily, it turned into a 2-on-1 for us.”
Jaden Schwartz and Colton Parayko also scored and Tyler Bozak had two assists for the Blues. Binnington made 29 saves to win his ninth straight, extending the longest winning streak in franchise history for a rookie goalie.
Zach Hyman and Auston Matthews scored third-period goals as the Maple Leafs erased a 2-0 deficit. Frederik Andersen made 38 saves as Toronto wrapped up a six-game road trip with a 3-2-1 mark.
Hyman scored at 6:34 of the third, snapping the Blues’ shutout streak.
Matthews followed just 31 seconds later as the puck deflected off his skate past Binnington. It was Matthews’ first career point in six games against the Blues, who were the only team against which he didn’t have a point.
Toronto center Nazem Kadri left the game with a concussion after the first period. Kadri took a big hit from Vince Dunn early in the game.
Coyotes 3, Oilers 2: Vinnie Hinostroza scored in regulation and got the winner in the fourth round of the shootout to lift visiting Arizona to victory over shorthanded Edmonton. Josh Archibald also scored for the Coyotes, who have won four of their past six. Darcy Kuemper stopped 35 shots through overtime and then three of the four attempts in the tiebreaker. Adam Larsson and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins had goals for the Oilers, who were without forward Connor McDavid because of the flu.
Predators 5, Stars 3: Roman Josi scored the go-ahead goal with 12:25 to play and added an empty-netter to lift visiting Nashville over Dallas. Josi skated from behind the net into the slot, and his wrist shot hit defenseman Esa Lindell’s skate and popped over goalie Anton Khudobin. The Predators won for the second time in six games to move a point back of Central Division-leading Winnipeg.
Ducks 4, Wild 0: Ryan Miller made 31 saves for his 44th career shutout as Anaheim beat host Minnesota. Jakob Silfverberg, Corey Perry, Ryan Kesler and Hampus Lindholm scored to help the Ducks get their third win in four games. Miller got his second win in two starts since returning from a knee injury that sidelined him for 24 games.
Canadiens 3, Blue Jackets 2: Tomas Tatar scored in the third period to lift host Montreal over Columbus. The victory ended a four-game skid. Paul Byron and Max Domi also scored, and Carey Price made 31 saves. Josh Anderson and Nick Foligno scored for the Blue Jackets.
Panthers 4, Sabres 2: Jonathan Huberdeau had two goals and an assist to lead host Florida to a win over Buffalo. Aleksander Barkov had a goal and two assists, Jayce Hawryluk also scored and Frank Vatrano had two assists for the Panthers. James Reimer made 32 saves in his third straight start. The Panthers won their third straight. Jack Eichel and Vladimir Sobotka scored for the Sabres, who are on a three-game skid.
Rangers 2, Hurricanes 1: Vladislav Namestikov scored the tie-breaking goal early in the third period, giving visiting New York a win over Carolina. Connor Brickley also scored for the Rangers. Henrik Lundqvist stopped 43 shots to get his 17th win of the season.
Lightning 5, Flyers 2: J.T. Miller had a goal and an assist, and Tampa Bay used a fast start to win its seventh straight, beating host Philadelphia. Alex Killorn, Mikhail Sergachev and Yanni Gourde also scored, and Ryan McDonagh added an empty-netter for Tampa Bay (46-11-4, 96 points), which is 17 points ahead of Calgary for the most in the league.
Penguins 4, Devils 3: Bryan Rust scored a tie-breaking goal midway through the second period and visiting Pittsburgh avoided the embarrassment of being swept by lowly New Jersey. Defenseman Chad Ruhwedel, Nick Bjugstad and Zach Aston-Reese also scored for the Penguins, who have won four of their past five in a bid to make the playoffs for the 13th straight year, the longest active playoff run in the NHL.
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