Pronger scored 30 seconds into overtime to give Blues a 3-2
victory over Toronto on Tuesday night, ending the Maple Leafs'
winning streak at eight games.
"It's a huge win," said Pronger, whose team also ended
Nashville's six-game winning streak Saturday night.
"It's a great feeling to stop a team that's playing with that
kind of confidence. It shows us how well we can play against some
of the top teams in the league."
After Toronto's Joe Nieuwendyk tied it with a short-handed goal
with 17 seconds left in regulation, Pronger scored on the
power-play with a 20-foot wrist shot from in front of the net.
"The worst part was that I was so thankful that we clawed back
and got the point, but then to look up and see that I had a minute
left in the box, it's disheartening to say the least," Fitzgerald
Sundin also scored for the Maple Leafs, who were outshot 26-15.
The winning streak was Toronto's longest since winning 10 straight
at the start of the 1993-94 season.
"We weren't very good," Toronto's Gary Roberts said. "We
might been fatigued. We definitely didn't play the way we have been
Toronto went 0-for-7 on the power play. In its last 11 games,
St. Louis has killed 41 of 43 power-play chances.
"The penalty kill has been a huge part of our success," St.
Louis center Doug Weight said. "I loved the way we played.
Unfortunately, they got a goal with 17 seconds left, but we bailed
ourselves out in overtime."
The Maple Leafs lost at home for the first time since a 7-1 loss
to Philadelphia on Nov. 1 -- a span of seven games.
"They are one of the elite teams in the league, and you always
want to try to measure up against the top teams," Blues winger
Scott Mellanby said.
Rycroft scored after rookie forward Matt Stajan couldn't tie him
up behind the net. Rycroft skated from behind and put a shot over
goalie Ed Belfour at 7:58. Stajan banged his stick to the ice in
Drake scored St. Louis' fourth short-handed goal of the season
at 14:28. Jamal Mayers and Drake skated in on a two-on-one and
Drake put a one-timer past Belfour.
Sundin, standing in front of the net, redirected Toronto
defenseman Karel Pilar's pass less than two minutes later.
Game Notes: Toronto's Nathan Perrott and St. Louis' Reed Low fought
early in the second period. Low didn't return to the game after
colliding with Toronto's Darcy Tucker in the second. ... The game
was the only regular-season meeting between the teams.