Stastny Scores Twice, Allen Impressive in 5-1 Win
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Paul Stastny scored twice abd Jake Allen stopped 26 shots for his first victory in more than a month to lead the St. Louis Blues to a 5-1 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Thursday night.
Vladimir Tarasenko, Alexander Steen and Colton Parayko also scored for St. Louis, which had lost five of its previous six.
Mike Yeo won in his first game as Blues coach, a day after he replaced the fired Ken Hitchcock.
Mitchell Marner scored for Toronto, which fell to 1-3 on its season-high six-game road trip.
Allen had been pulled in four of his previous five starts. His last win came on Jan. 2, a 4-1 triumph over Chicago in the Winter Classic.
Stastny and Tarasenko scored 35 seconds apart in the second period to a break a 1-1 tie.
Toronto goalie Frederik Andersen gave up five goals on 31 shots. He was lifted from Tuesday’s 6-3 loss at Dallas after surrendering three goals on eight shots in 11:12.
St. Louis, which broke a four-game home losing streak, scored three goals in a span of 4:35 in the second period.
Stastny, who recorded his second two-goal game of the season, converted from in front of the net off a pass from Steen for a 2-1 lead. Tarasenko, who leads the team with 23 goals, tallied on a wrist shot from the slot seconds later.
Marner scored his 13th of the season late in the first period for a 1-0 lead.