Maple Leafs 3, Blues 2, SO

Associated Press  |  Last updated November 10, 2011
Phil Kessel scored the lone shootout goal for Toronto, and Ben Scrivens stopped all three St. Louis shooters in the Maple Leafs' 3-2 victory over the Blues on Thursday night. John-Michael Liles and Kessel scored first-period, power-play goals, and Scrivens made 37 saves for Toronto. Tyler Bozak added a pair of assists. The Blues got goals from Jason Arnott and Patrik Berglund. Jaroslav Halak stopped 20 shots. The Maple Leafs took advantage of undisciplined penalties by the Blues in the first period, scoring on two of three power-play chances. Liles scored from the right circle 11:27 into the game, taking a pass from Dion Phaneuf and beating Halak on the stick side. Kessel netted his NHL-leading 12th goal of the season, deflecting Joffrey Lupul's shot over Halak with 2:58 left in the first on Toronto's third power play. The Blues turned the tide in the second period, outshooting Toronto 14-5 and cutting the lead in half when Arnott netted his fourth of the season on the power play at 8:01. Arnott took a pass from Alex Pietrangelo and sent a shot from the slot past Scrivens. Scrivens had a shaky start in which he allowed quality rebounds, but he improved as the game went on. He made key stops on Alex Steen early in the third and David Backes midway through the period to preserve Toronto's 2-1 lead. NOTES: Kessel, who leads the league with 23 points, has at least one point in 13 of 16 games. ... Arnott has 16 goals and 34 points in 39 games against Toronto. ... Lupul has seven points in five games. ... Maple Leafs C Phillippe Dupuis played in his 100th NHL game. ... Toronto's Ron Wilson and St. Louis' Ken Hitchcock have coached a combined 2,396 NHL games. Wilson is the active leader at 1,353, and Hitchcock is sixth at 1,043. Wilson is first on the wins list among active coaches with 629. Hitchcock is fifth with 534.
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