Tuesday, October 14, 2008

St. Louis Blues defeat Toronto Maple Leafs 5-4 in shootout

TORONTO — Up 3-0 after 20 strong minutes of hockey, Saturday's 6-1 shellacking from the Montreal Canadiens well back in the rear-view mirror, the Toronto Maple Leafs seemed to be sitting pretty Monday afternoon.

Then came a bad bounce that led to a goal and a careless boarding penalty by repeat offender Ryan Hollweg in the first three minutes of the second period, and suddenly the St. Louis Blues were back in it.

By the time all was said and done, the Maple Leafs found themselves settling for a single point in the standings after a tough-to-take 5-4 shootout loss, clinging to moral victories after letting an actual victory slip away.

So while there was much to like in the way they played before 19,045 in the rare afternoon affair on Thanksgiving Day at the Air Canada Centre, there was plenty to dislike, too.

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