Auston Matthews Shot Hits Robert Thomas In The Chin From Point Blank Range
- Toronto Maple Leafs’ Auston Matthews tries to fire a shot while off balance and it rises up to hit St. Louis Blues’ Robert Thomas in the face, sending him to the ice.
- Robert Thomas missed time while undergoing facial repairs, but was able to return to the game.
- Auston Matthews and Zach Hyman scored two goals each, as the visiting Toronto Maple Leafs beat the St. Louis Blues 5-2 Saturday night.
- The Maple Leafs snapped their seven-game losing streak against the Blues — which dated to March of 2017 — while opening their four-game road trip on a positive note. Jason Spezza also scored for the Maple Leafs, and Frederik Andersen made 26 saves.
- Jordan Binnington allowed four goals on 11 shots for the Blues before Jake Allen replaced him in the first period.
- It was the first time Binnington has been pulled in 53 career regular-season starts — and the first time he has suffered back-to-back regulation losses.
- Ivan Barbashev and David Perron scored for the Blues, and Allen stopped 15 of 16 shots in relief.
- Hyman put the Maple Leafs ahead 1-0 less than three minutes into the game.
- He scored off the rush from the left circle by teeing up a pass from linemate Mitch Marner.
- Barbashev tied the game 95 seconds later by converting a pass off the right wall from Robert Thomas.
- But the Maple Leafs countered with three quick goals to take a 4-1 first-period lead. Matthews took a drop pass from William Nylander in the left circle and beat Binnington with a low wrist shot.
- That snapped Matthews’ five-game goal-scoring drought.
- Hyman finished a two-on-none short-handed break with Pierre Engvall at 9:12, and Spezza chased Binnington by scoring a power-play goal through Kasperi Kapanen’s screen at 12:57.
- Matthews pushed the lead to 5-1 at 9:29 of the second period with a power-play goal.
- Marner sent a bouncing puck toward the right post, and Matthews chipped it past Allen.
- Perron’s deflection goal cut the lead to 5-2 just 2:02 in the third period.
Sources & Credits: The Globe And Mail
NHL Highlights | Maple Leafs vs Blues – Dec. 7, 2019
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