Work in Sports
Seems like old times
Leafs playing spoiler in Central Division again
Posted: Thursday March 30, 2000 02:30 AM
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Curtis Joseph still enjoys making life miserable for his former team.
The Toronto goalie did it again Wednesday night, making 34 saves to help the Maple Leafs defeat the St. Louis Blues 3-2.
"The players are all different, but it's the same feel, the same music, the same atmosphere," Joseph said of coming back to the Kiel Center. "It's obviously a big win for us."
The loss was the first for the Blues this season against a team from Canada (13-1-3). No U.S. based team has gone undefeated in a season against Canadian teams.
"Cujo stood on his head and we scored some timely goals," Thomas said.
Blues defenseman Al MacInnis does not expect his team to panic.
"It's not like we're winning 10 and then losing a bunch," he said. "We've been pretty consistent all year."
"One guy will not replace Pavol," said MacInnis, who has also missed a significant amount of time with a variety of injuries. "But he (Demitra) has played a lot of hockey so maybe a few days off will do him good."
Cory Cross scored the other goal for the Maple Leafs.
Thomas broke a 2-2 tie with his 22nd goal at 5:57 of the third period. Sundin started the play by stealing the puck from defenseman Chris Pronger at the point. He dumped it into the corner to Hoglund, who centered in front and Thomas tipped it home.
Thomas credited Hoglund for the goal.
"He got a step on the defense and threw it in front," Thomas said. "(I had) a wide open net. It was a pretty easy goal to score."
St. Louis had allowed only four goals in five games.
Cross got Toronto on the board, just 1:25 in, with his fourth goal. Sundin shot the puck into the St. Louis zone then chased down his own rebound along the right boards. When the Blues converged on Sundin, he centered to Cross, who beat Turek for a 1-0 lead.
After Conroy tied it at 5:56 with his 12th goal, Hoglund gave the Maple Leafs the lead again 2:28 into the second with a power-play goal that banked in off Pronger. St. Louis had killed 66 of 68 power plays before Hoglund's 28th goal.
Hecht tied it 2-2 with a power-play goal of his own at 4:58 of the period, lifting his own rebound over Joseph for his 10th goal.