The Maple Leafs – looking to reverse their fortunes from their previous outing – instead dropped a 5-1 decision to the St. Louis Blues on Thursday night.
Although Toronto started the game more focused than in Tuesday’s game in Dallas in which they surrendered five first-period goals, Mike Babcock’s squad looked just as disheveled by the midway mark versus the Blues, who were playing for their new coach Mike Yeo.
Mitch Marner and Alex Steen exchanged goals in the opening frame. From then on, St. Louis opened the floodgates, netting three goals in a span of 4:35 in the second period.
Marner’s goal was his 13th of the season. Paul Stastny was named the game’s first star in recognition of his two-goal effort.
Fredrik Andersen went the distance in net, making 26 saves. Defenceman Morgan Rielly returned to the Leafs’ lineup after missing six games with an ankle injury.
Toronto has lost three consecutive regulation games heading into Saturday’s tilt in Boston.