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The Toronto Maple Leafs got their defense in order Tuesday night with a 3-1 victory over the Dallas Stars.

The St. Louis Blues have done even better defensively. They defeated the Senators on Tuesday 6-0 in Ottawa, their second straight shutout on the road, following the over the 2-0 win over the Philadelphia Flyers on Monday. The Blues have not allowed a goal in the past 120 minutes and 18 seconds.

The Blues beat the Maple Leafs 5-1 last Thursday in Mike Yeo's first game as head coach of St. Louis after taking over from Ken Hitchcock and the teams will have a rematch Thursday night at the Air Canada Centre.

The game in St. Louis was the second of a four-game stretch in which the Maple Leafs allowed a total of 22 goals, winning one of them 6-5 over the Boston Bruins.

After losing Monday 6-5 in overtime to the New York Islanders, the Leafs played a tighter game against the Stars and had 39 saves from backup goaltender Curtis McElhinney. The Stars had defeated the Maple Leafs 6-3 in Dallas last week.

"I thought we had lots of good players (Tuesday)," Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock said. "Obviously, (McElhinney) was good in net, made some big saves. I thought we were way harder around our net and in our zone than we were (Nonday) night where we were light in that area.

"You've got to give the guys credit on a back-to-back, they competed hard in that area. I thought our D in general was solid (Tuesday). It was positive. Dallas played way better than the last time we played them even though they thumped us last time. They were way more organized and they were more determined this time than they were last time. It was a better game."

"Just not getting ahead of ourselves, not cheating for offense," said rookie Auston Matthews, who scored his team-leading 25th goal of the season on Tuesday. "Just making sure we're under the puck, still in good position. ... I think we did (Tuesday) for the most part."

Frederik Andersen likely will return to the nets Thursday against St. Louis.

The Blues used both goaltenders in their back-to-back shutouts. Carter Hutton earned his third shutout of the season in Philadelphia and Jake Allen got his second shutout of the season in Ottawa.

"I was really impressed with everyone's effort (Tuesday), back to back, guys didn't look like they lacked any energy or spirit," Allen said. "We played a complete game."

The Blues had a 3.76 goals-against average in their 17 road games of the season, winning five. They have allowed 11 goals (a1.57 goals-against average) in winning five of their past seven road games, including four shutouts.

Hitchcock was the coach for the first two of the four shutouts, Yeo coached the two shutouts this week.

"It's two games," Yeo said. "This was an opportunity for us to build off the last game and the attitude from the drop of the puck was outstanding. Every guy, from the goaltender on out, it was a real solid team effort. I thought our execution was real strong (Tuesday) against a team that checks really well. It allowed us to get to the offensive zone and get on the attack a little bit more than what we had in the previous couple of games. Obviously, a good result (Tuesday) and now we've got to get ready for a new test on Thursday."

"I think we're taking care of our end," Blues captain Alex Pietrangelo said. "The last few games, we've really had an emphasis on getting the puck up as quickly as we can. As a team, the quicker we get out of our end, it's going to be tougher for them to score outside of our blue line. It just seems like we're not letting teams occupy the zone too often and that's resulting in more O-zone time and less opportunity for them."
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Blues • The Blues will meet Toronto for the second time in eight days. They defeated the Maple Leafs 5-1 in Mike Yeo’s debut Feb. 2 at Scottrade Center. ... This will be the third game of a five-game road trip that is off to a remarkable start. The Blues are 2-0 on the trip and have not allowed a goal. They will carry a shutout streak of 120 minutes, 18 seconds into Thursday’s game. The last goal they allowed was an empty-netter Saturday by Pittsburgh’s Sidney Crosby; the team has gone 147:58 without allowing an even-strength goal. ... Vladimir Tarasenko scored twice in Tuesday’s 6-0 win over Ottawa, putting him back among the top five in the NHL with 25 goals.

Maple Leafs • Toronto enters the game in third place in the Atlantic Division with 60 points. Since falling to the Blues last week, the Maple Leafs are 2-0-1 and have scored 15 goals in those three games. ... Toronto is coming off a 3-1 victory Tuesday over Dallas in which rookie Auston Matthews scored his 25th goal of the season, which leads all rookies. ... Backup Curtis McElhinney made 39 saves in the win, improving to 2-2 since being acquired on waivers from Columbus, but Frederik Andersen is expected to be back in net against the Blues.

Injuries • Blues — LW Robby Fabbri (knee) and C Kyle Brodziak (foot), out. Maple Leafs — D Stephane Robidas (knee), LW Joffrey Lupul (sports hernia surgery), out.


This day in history:
1924 The Hart Trophy is established becoming the first individual award
1966 The NHL announces that six conditional franchises have been granted - Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Pittsburgh, San Francisco, Minneapolis-St. Paul and St. Louis
1984 Guy Lafleur becomes the all-time leading scorer in Canadiens history
1985 Bryan Trottier becomes the first player in NHL history to score 25 goals in each of his first 10 NHL seasons
1988 NHL All-Star game held at St Louis Arena
2002 Scott Mellanby acquired from Panthers for Dave Morisset and a 2002 5th round pick
2003 Martin Brodeur becomes the first goaltender in NHL history to win 30 or more games for eight consecutive seasons, which he then extended to 12 consecutive seasons

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Another Thursday, another game against the Leafs.

It will be interesting to see who Yeo goes with in net- the previews didn't specify. Who would have thought we would be in the position of having to choose between two goalies coming off shutout wins? I would guess we see Allen tonight, and probably most games from here on out, unless he relapses into his Dec/Jan form.

Two points, please. :letsgoblues:

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I know one thing... No way we shut these guys out...

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Let's hope The Blues can prove tonight that they can win 2 games in a row under their new coach.

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Berglund! Out to patent that "turn and shoot"!!! Blasts it in! Blues lead 1-0!!!

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Great 1st Period for The Blues. They were really flying and going to the net. Berglund's line was really playing great 2-way hockey, and was dominating on offence. When was the last time you can remember The Blues getting 16 shots on goal in The 1st Period??? Parayko's playing like an MVP.

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Great save by Allen!

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Good save by Allen to save the tie point!

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Tarasenko does it again!!!! Drives around a few defenders like a sroll through the park and a quick, accurate shot fools Andersen!!! Blues win2-1!!! Blues back in THIRD!!!

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Man he put Kadri in the spin cycle there. Sweet finish.

Send one up for 26. Looked like maybe a groin injury? Can't lose that guy.

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At least when Stastny gets back it'll be like making a trade. :okman:

This kind of puts the kibosh on the Stastny/Shat to Tampa Bay rumor that circulated recently. Anyway, nice win.

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One goal allowed in the past three games. I can live with that.

Anyone heard an update on Stastny? We may have won three in a row, but with the season-ending injury to Fabbri, and now Stastny out (who knows how long- he's no spring chicken), I still think we need to be sellers rather than buyers. A Cup is not in our future this year.

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One goal allowed in the past three games. I can live with that.

Anyone heard an update on Stastny? We may have won three in a row, but with the season-ending injury to Fabbri, and now Stastny out (who knows how long- he's no spring chicken), I still think we need to be sellers rather than buyers. A Cup is not in our future this year.


According to STLPD, it's not serious. Could play tonight, but probably won't, so "doubtful". But he will not be out long term.

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One goal allowed in the past three games. I can live with that.

Anyone heard an update on Stastny? We may have won three in a row, but with the season-ending injury to Fabbri, and now Stastny out (who knows how long- he's no spring chicken), I still think we need to be sellers rather than buyers. A Cup is not in our future this year.


According to STLPD, it's not serious. Could play tonight, but probably won't, so "doubtful". But he will not be out long term.


That's a relief. He (and not Lehtera) needs to play with Tarasenko as much as possible.

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