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Bobby McMann gets his first NHL hat trick as the Leafs beat the Blues 4-1

Tue, Feb 13, 2024
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Bobby McMann gets his first NHL hat trick as the Leafs beat the Blues 4-1

TORONTO (AP) - Bobby McMann registered the first hat trick of his NHL career as the short-handed Toronto Maple Leafs defeated the St. Louis Blues 4-1 on Tuesday night.

William Nylander had the other goal for Toronto. Ilya Samsonov made 14 saves.

The NHL's department of player safety announced shortly before the opening faceoff it had suspended Leafs defenseman Morgan Rielly five games for his cross-check to the head of Ridly Greig following the Ottawa center's slapshot empty-net goal in the final seconds of the Senators' 5-3 victory Saturday.

The Leafs were also missing star forwards Mitch Marner and John Tavares, who were ruled out just before warm-ups due to illness.

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Alexey Toropchenko scored for St. Louis, which entered 7-1-0 over its last eight games. Jordan Binnington stopped 28 shots in defeat.

Toronto - 14-2-1 without Rielly in 2023-24 - opened the scoring at 5:33 of the first period when McMann fought off Blues captain Brayden Schenn along the boards before stuffing home his third goal of the season.

Down about $30 million in salary cap space with Rielly, Marner and Tavares sidelined, the Leafs doubled their lead at 16:25 when Nylander's pass hit the stick of St. Louis rookie defenseman Matthew Kessel and fluttered past a helpless Binnington for the winger's 26th.

The visitors cut the deficit to 2-1 at 5:36 when Toropchenko tipped in his ninth. Kessel picked up the secondary assist for the blueliner's first NHL point in his 19th game.

McMann scored his second of the evening - and fourth overall to double his career total - at 8:02 of the third when he collected a loose puck and roofed a shot upstairs on a night where the Leafs needed their depth players to step up.

The 27-year-old winger playing his 37th NHL game then completed the hat trick with 1:39 left in regulation when his clearing attempt off the boards in the defensive zone found the Blues' empty net at the other end with a weight that would make any curler smile.


Blues: Host the Oilers on Thursday.

Maple Leafs: Host the Flyers on Thursday.



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