10/20/2018 – St.Louis Blues vs Toronto Maple Leafs

 

St. Louis Blues (1-3-2 6pts) v. Toronto Maple Leafs (6-2-0 12pts)

 

Lineups:

Toronto Maple Leafs:

Kasperi Kapanen – Auston Matthews – Patrick Marleau

Mitch Marner – John Tavares– Zach Hyman

Pars Lindholm – Nazem Kadri – Connor Brown

Andreas Johnsson – Frederik Gauthier – Josh Leivo

 

Morgan Rielly  – Ron Hainsey

Jake Gardiner – Nikita Zaitsev

Travis Dermott – Igor Ozhiganov

 

Frederik Andersen

Garrett Sparks

Scratched: Tyler Ennis, Justin Holl & Martin Marincin

Injuries: Nathan Horton (Back)

Suspension: None

 

St. Louis Blues:

Jaden Schwartz – Brayden Schenn – Vladimir Tarsenko

Zachary Sanford – Ryan O’Rielly– David Perron

Patrick Maroon– Tyler Bozak – Alex Steen

Samuel Blais – Ivan Barbashev – Jordan Kyrou

 

Vince Dunn – Alex Pietrangelo

Joel Edmundson – Robert Bortuzzo

Colton Parayko – Jordan Schmaltz

 

Jake Allen

Chad Johnson

Scratched: None

Injuries: Carl Gunnarsson (Torn ACL), Robby Fabbri (Groin)

Suspension: None

 

First Period:

Leafs Penalty – 17:13 – Ron Hainsey, 2 mins for Tripping

 

End of 1st – TML – 0         STL – 0

Shots              4                     6

Faceoffs     8/17               9/17

Hits               6                     8

PP                 0/0                   0/1

 

Toronto Maple Leafs: 

Analysis:

Leafs didn’t get any offence going and looked liked they were just floating around. Morgan Rielly was noticeably bad in that first period, trying to be too fancy rather then getting the offence up the ice.

Need to Do:

Get the offence flowing. Stop Standing still.

 

St. Louis Blues:

Analysis:

Blues had a lot of defensive lapses and although Toronto was held to relatively few shots, there were a lot of high quality chances.

 

Second Period:

Blues Penalty – 01:22 – Brayden Schenn, 2 mins for Interference

Blues Goal– 4:45 – Robert Bortuzzo (1), from David Perron (2)

Blues Goal– 13:05 – Zach Sanford (1), from David Perron (3) and Alex Pietrangelo (1)

Leafs Penalty – 14:33 – Nazem Kadri, 2 mins for Tripping

Blues Goal– 16:37 – Ryan O’Reilly (1), from Vladimir Tarasenko (4) and Patrick Maroon (4)

Blues Penalty – 19:31 – Alexander Steen, 2 mins for Hooking

 

End of 2nd – TML – 0          STL – 3

Shots              9                    13

Faceoffs       16/34             18/34

Hits               15                     25

PP                 0/2                    0/2

 

Toronto Maple Leafs:

Analysis:

Leafs looked sluggish and lack and offensive flair. This is looking to be a long game for Leafs are the Blues dominated the whole period. Once again the defence looking really bad, but give credit to the blues on being aggressive on the defence.

Need to Do:

Get the puck out of the zone quick and up the ice. Prolonged puck control in the zone and big guns needs to show up.

 

St. Louis Blues:

Analysis:

Blues really clamped down defensively and did not make any unnecessary pinches in their offensive zone. This safe play led to lock down defense and some goal scoring

 

Third Period:

Leafs Goal – 04:22– Morgan Rielly (4) from Mitch Marner (8)  and Jake Gardiner (6)

Leafs Penalty – 9:03 – Par Lindholm, 2 mins for Holding

Blues Penalty – 12:41 – Brayden Schenn, 2 mins for Tripping

Leafs Penalty – 14:34 – Andreas Johnsson, 2 mins for Holding the Stick

Blues Penalty – 16:55 – Jaden Schwartz, 2 mins for Hooking

Blues SHG EN Goal – 18:17– Ivan Barbashev (1) from Ryan O’Reilly (6)

 

End of 3rd – TML – 1         STL – 4

Shots              23                   25

Faceoffs     28/60                32/60

Hits               22                     33

PP                 0/4                    0/4

 

Toronto:

Analysis:

Terrible game from the Leafs, no urgency to their game. Matthews was a ghost, along with Taveras and Marner until the 3rd period. Andersen held them close with some great saves. But in the end Jake Allen held the fort and blues played a perfect game.

 

St. Louis:

Analysis:

Jake Allen really stood on his head. While the blues played well defensively, Toronto really showed their firepower, controlling possession and getting some great scoring chances.

Ultimately this was the blues best game of the season against a top team. The key in the future will be keeping up this level of discipline and focus

 

Next Up:

Toronto (6-3-0 12pts) at Winnipeg (5-2-1 11pts)

St.Louis (2-3-2 6pts) at Winnipeg (5-2-1 11pts)

 

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