The Maple Leafs lost 3-2 in overtime to the NHL’s hottest team, the St. Louis Blues, on Tuesday night. They found energy in the second and third periods, though — Zach Hyman and Auston Matthews scoring in the third — and nearly stole the final stop on a six-game road trip, their longest of the season. After getting outshot 19-9 in the opening period, they held a 24-21 edge in the second and third and forced OT for a point, one of the toughest they’ve earned so far this season.
- Turning points: The Blues got goals from Jaden Schwartz and Colton Parayko in the first en route to their franchise-record 11th consecutive win. Hyman’s goal snapped the Blues’ shutout streak at 233:50 (three games, two periods, and almost seven minutes). Leaf Mitch Marner had a chance to win it on a solo rush in OT before the Blues came back on a two-on-one, with Ryan O’Reilly beating Leafs goalie Frederik Andersen low and off the post. “I thought we got our game going real well in the second and third,” Leafs coach Mike Babcock said. “I thought we did things real well to set up success, and I was impressed with a lot of our players.”
Overpowered: Toronto was nearly buried in the first period, when the Blues dominated with a heavy game. The Leafs were pinned in their own end for 66 seconds in one stretch. Toronto’s defence corps struggled to handle the big Blues, who now have 35 points since Jan. 1, most in the NHL. The Blues’ 19 shots were the second-most they’ve managed in the opening period this season.