St. Louis at Toronto

Blues rally from 3-0 down to beat Maple Leafs in shootout wire reports

TORONTO -- With a 3-0 lead after the first period, the Toronto Maple Leafs appeared to have control of the game. Then came a bad bounce that led to a goal and a careless boarding penalty by repeat offender Ryan Hollweg, and the St. Louis Blues were suddenly back in it.

Andy McDonald and Brad Boyes scored in a shootout to give the Blues a 5-4 comeback victory against the Maple Leafs on Monday.

"We came out really strong, put them down on their butts and we talked during the first intermission that we have to come out really hard and the first five minutes (of the second period) was important," Leafs center Nik Antropov said. "Unfortunately, we get a bad bounce, a penalty for five minutes, and they capitalized on that."

Manny Legace stopped Antropov, allowed a goal to Nikolai Kulemin and then stopped Pavel Kubina in the shootout to win it. Vesa Toskala was beaten by both St. Louis shooters.

Hollweg, back after serving a two-game suspension for collecting three boarding penalties in a 41-game span, is likely to face more discipline for his hit on Blues rookie defenseman Alex Pietrangelo.

"There's a fine line you dance of being aggressive and then completely pulling back and we've got to work with him to find that fine line," Maple Leafs coach Ron Wilson said.

Pietrangelo may have somewhat turned into the hit, but Hollweg won't get the benefit of the doubt from officials with his track record. A fourth boarding major is expected to earn Hollweg an automatic three-game suspension from the NHL.

"It shouldn't happen in our game and it happened," Blues coach Andy Murray said. "If it was Keith Tkachuk or Alex Pietrangelo, I wouldn't feel any differently about it. It's unnecessary and certainly the league will deal with it."

Boyes banged in a rebound 33 seconds into the second period after Toskala robbed McDonald to make it a 3-1 game. After Hollweg was whistled for his penalty 1:50 later, Patrik Berglund scored on a rebound past a prone Toskala at 4:47 and Tkachuk buried a feed from Paul Kariya at 5:35 to tie the score.

"You have to at least limit the damage and we didn't," Wilson said. "We allowed them right back into the game at that point."

Niklas Hagman restored a lead for the Leafs at the 14-minute mark of the second period.

The Blues tied it at 4 at 4:21 of the third period on Kariya's backhander to set up the dramatic finish in the only meeting of the season between the teams.

Early on it looked like the (Canadian) Thanksgiving Day crowd of 19,045, enjoying a rare afternoon game at the Air Canada Centre, would be treated to a rout from the home side.

Tomas Kaberle got the Leafs on the board a 3:22. Nikolai Kulemin scored with 5:54 left and Alexei Ponikarovsky made it 3-0 a little more than two minutes later.


  • Hollweg's return to the lineup sent Matt Stajan to the press box, ending the center's streak of 178 consecutive games played.
  • Blues RW Lee Stempniak missed his second successive game after tweaking his left knee Friday during the first period of a 5-2 victory against Nashville. LW Dwayne King and D Mike Weaver were also scratched.
  • Leafs forward Jamal Mayers faced the Blues for the first time since his trade to Toronto in June. He spent his first 10 NHL seasons in St. Louis.
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Playing a key role in St. Louis' comeback, Paul Kariya (middle) celebrates his game-tying goal.  (AP)
Playing a key role in St. Louis' comeback, Paul Kariya (middle) celebrates his game-tying goal. (AP)
St. Louis  (2-1-0) «03101 (2)5
Toronto (1-1-1)31000 (1)4
Three Stars
B. Boyes

Goals: 1
Assist(s): 0
P. Kariya

Goals: 1
Assist(s): 1
T. Kaberle

Goals: 1
Assist(s): 0

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Scoring Summary
03:22Tomas Kaberle (1), Wrist Shot. Assist: Van Ryn, Antropov
14:06Nikolai Kulemin (2), Backhand Shot. Assist: Antropov
16:10Alexei Ponikarovsky (1), Tip-In. Assist: Blake
33.0Brad Boyes (3), Snap Shot. Assist: McDonald, Oshie
04:47Power Play - Patrik Berglund (1), Slap Shot. Assist: Perron, Wagner
05:35Power Play - Keith Tkachuk (4), Slap Shot. Assist: Kariya, McDonald
14:00Niklas Hagman (1), Wrist Shot. Assist: Mitchell, Mayers
04:21Paul Kariya (1), Backhand Shot. Assist: Berglund
 Andy McDonald (1), GOAL
 Brad Boyes (1), GOAL
 Nikolai Kulemin (1), GOAL
Penalty Summary
01:17Backes, 2 min, Holding
10:58Backes, 2 min, Roughing
10:58Moore, 2 min, Roughing
10:58Moore, 2 min, Roughing
10:58Backes, 2 min, Roughing
17:45Schenn, 2 min, Hooking
02:23Hollweg, 5 min, Boarding
02:23Hollweg, 10 min, Game Misconduct
09:13Janssen, 2 min, Delay of Game - Puck Over Glass
09:49Kubina, 2 min, Interference
10:40Wagner, 2 min, Slashing
15:32McDonald, 4 min, High-Sticking
16:06McClement, 2 min, Tripping
04:14Kubina, 2 min, Tripping
Shots On Goal
St. Louis410923
Manny Legace 65:0035431
Vesa Toskala 65:0022422
Power Play Conversions
Power Play
St. Louis2-for-4
Game Information
Attendance - 19045
Referees - Chris Rooney, Kelly Sutherland
Linesmen - Tony Sericolo, Dan Schachte
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