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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.

Paul Maurice said:
''He looks different. Better even than at the start (of the season) when he was playing well.''
Mats Sundin leads the team in Points with 47 in 46 Games played (21G, 26A).

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.
 

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I think we've got this.
Definitely.
Especially if we play like we did against the Senators.
But you never know.
Surprises do occur with the Blues.
5 for 5, here we come! :)
 

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I hope so. Toronto and St. Louis is one of those 'hidden' rivalries in the NHL. The games are always close and gritty.

If Toronto plays like they did on Saturday, they should win it.
 

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Well we SHOULD win this game, the word being SHOULD, just hope we don't take the blues too lightly. Hopefully 5 in a row tonight! GO LEAFS GO!
 

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Yeah, definatly don't look past this game but the Leafs should come out on top.

I hope Razor has another good game and gets that save % up .900. Maybe O'Neil has turned a corner, getting eight shots versus the Sens was impressive.
 

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Leafs aim for fifth straight win

Canadian Press
2/6/2007 11:17:37 AM


(Sports Network) - The red-hot Toronto Maple Leafs shoot for a season-best fifth consecutive victory when they resume their road trip tonight against the St. Louis Blues.

Viewers in the Maple Leafs region can see the game live on TSN at 7:30pm et.

Toronto has put itself back into postseason contention with its recent surge. The injury-plagued club now stands just one point behind defending Stanley Cup champion Carolina for the Eastern Conference's eighth and final playoff spot.

The Maple Leafs have also won the first three tests of this current five-game road swing and are coming off a hard-fought 3-2 triumph over rival Ottawa on Saturday. John Pohl scored the game-winning goal in the fifth round of the shootout to give Toronto the victory.

Jeff O'Neill and Mats Sundin scored in regulation for the Maple Leafs, who won for the sixth time in seven outings. Sundin also lit the lamp in the shootout, while Andrew Raycroft put forth another outstanding effort in goal.

Raycroft made 30 saves in regulation and stopped the final four Ottawa skaters he faced during the deciding phase. The 26-year-old has yielded only five goals over the course of Toronto's four-game win streak and was named the NHL's First Star of the Week on Monday.

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Leafer4Life said:
Well we SHOULD win this game, the word being SHOULD, just hope we don't take the blues too lightly. Hopefully 5 in a row tonight! GO LEAFS GO!
Yeah, exactly: ALWAYS use "should" when it comes to the Leafs (like I did)! :laugh:
 

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The Leafs have now won 5 straight games.

2-1 the Final score.

Leaf goals by Ponikarovsky and Steen (GWG), Blues goal by Ryan Johnson.

Shots were an oddly low 20-16, in favour of the Blues. :dunno:

3 Stars
1. Andrew Raycroft
2. Ryan Johnson
3. Alexei Ponikarovsky
 

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Red-hot Leafs get past Blues

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2/6/2007 10:51:38 PM


ST. LOUIS (AP) - Alex Steen snapped a tie late in the second period and Andrew Raycroft made it stand up with strong third-period play as the Toronto Maple Leafs beat the St. Louis Blues 2-1 on Tuesday night.

Alexei Ponikarovsky added a power-play goal for the Maple Leafs, who have won the first four games of a five-game trip and have won five in a row overall. Toronto has also won eight of nine on the road.

Toronto, which entered ninth in the Eastern Conference, is 11-0-2 when getting a goal from Ponikarovsky, and 16-9-3 on the road.

Ryan Johnson scored for the Blues, who have lost four of five to dull the franchise's surge under new coach Andy Murray. St. Louis lost for the first time in five games against Eastern Conference opponents.

The teams met for the first time since Dec. 9, 2003, in Toronto, and first time here since Nov. 9, 2002 due to the NHL's unbalanced schedule.

Steen hit both goal posts on a shot early in the first but got his 11th goal on a shot from a bad angle that deflected off Manny Legace's pads for a 2-1 lead with 1:43 left in the second.

Blues defenceman Dennis Wideman broke his stick early in a prolonged possession for Toronto, and St. Louis missed a couple of other chances to clear the puck.

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DID YOU SEE THAT?!?! :eek:

OH MY GOD, WHAT A SAVE!!!

Raycroft absolutely robbed Bill Guerin! Was that the save of the year?!

It was unbelievable!
 

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BE-LEAF-ABLE said:
DID YOU SEE THAT?!?! :eek:

OH MY GOD, WHAT A SAVE!!!

Raycroft absolutely robbed Bill Guerin! Was that the save of the year?!

It was unbelievable!
Oh I saw it, and yes IMO, so far it is the save of the year so far. It was so clutch too, it's not like he made that save with a three goal lead, that would've tied it.

I thought Nik and Ponny both played great as with Steen and Stajan. Even O'Neil was moving last night.

Great win and as B-L-A said, it was a classic Leafs/Blues game.
 
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