Blues hang on for 6-4 win over Maple Leafs

Tom Timmermann, St. Louis Post-Dispatch on

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ST. LOUIS -- The Blues opened up a four-goal lead on the Maple Leafs in the third period, then held on for dear life and came away with a 6-4 win before the first sellout of the season at Scottrade Center.

The teams combined for six goals in the third period, three of the first four by the Blues as they opened up a 6-2 lead that Toronto cut to 6-4 with 6:47 to play as the Blues began to play like a team that was up by four goals.

Alex Pietrangelo got his second goal of the game, giving him six on the season, to go along with third-period goals by Magnus Paajarvi and Vladimir Sobotka. Brayden Schenn and Jaden Schwartz each had three assists for the Blues, who went 3-1 on a four-game homestand and play next at New Jersey on Tuesday.

Toronto pulled its goalie with just under 3 minute to go and Pietrangelo shot the puck the length of the ice with 1:14 to go but missed the hat trick by about 10 feet. It would have been the first hat trick for a Blues defenseman since Al MacInnis in 1998.

Andreas Borgman gave the Maple Leafs a 1-0 lead at the 9:16 mark of the first period, but the Blues received second-period goals from Vladimir Tarasenko, Joel Edmundson and Pietrangelo to take a 3-1 advantage into the third.

Tyler Bozak scored two third-period goals for the Maple Leafs, and Vladimir Sobotka added one.

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