Tying their Season high 4-game winning-streak after a win over the rival Ottawa Senators last Saturday, the Maple Leafs visit St. Louis to play the Blues in their 4th of 5th raod games, and their first game played in the city in 3 years (8:00PM ET).
Toronto won 3-2 after a shootout goal from John Pohl won the game. Leaf Goaltender Andrew Raycroft was once again superb in net for the Leafs, out-dueling Ray Emery at the other end of the rink for the win. Mats Sundin and Jeff O'Neill scored the regulation time goals for Toronto (O'Neill 8 shots), who has seen their rivalry with Ottawa seemingly ressurect itself this season after a bit of a fiery outing Saturday night.
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The Leafs have now won 7 of their last 9 games overall (6 on the road) and their 58 Points currently have them placed 9th in the Eastern Conference, 1 behind Carolina who holds the last playoff spot.
Toronto is 26-21-6 after 53 Games played, keeping them 4th in the Northeast and 16 Points behind the Division and Conference leading Buffalo Sabres.
Andrew Raycroft, who stopped 30 of 32 shots in the win, is now 24-16-4 after 44 games, inclunding 4 wins in a row. He now has a 2.91 Goals Against Average and .899 Save Percentage for the Leafs. Raycroft is expected to start Tuesday night.
Mats Sundin leads the team in Points with 47 in 46 Games played (21G, 26A).Paul Maurice said:''He looks different. Better even than at the start (of the season) when he was playing well.''
The Blues have also been scrambling for any points they can get as of late, but even so their playoff hopes begin to fade.
The team went 8-2 before losing 3 in a row, but they look to put together another streak after a 2-0 win over the Dallas Stars on Saturday.
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St. Louis is now 12 Points out of the last playoff spot in the Western Conference, and the team may be looking for more offence before the Trade Deadline with Bill Guerin, Keith Tkachuk, Doug Weight, and Martin currently leading the way with 38, 37, 35 and 33 points respectively. (Guerin - 21G, 17A), Tkachuk (17G, 20A), Weight (6, 29A), Rucinsky (12G, 21A)
Until the last week or so, the play of Manny Legace has been solid for the Blues. The Goaltender is now 18-14-5, and has a 2.64 Goals Against Average and .908 Save Percentage after 38 games.
This will be the only meeting of the season between the 2 clubs in what has been a much criticised schedule implemented by the NHL last off-season.