Game Report: Blues 2, Maple Leafs 1 (overtime)

Vince Dunn, who grew up in the Toronto area, made the first appearance of his NHL career there on Tuesday night one to remember.

The Blues’ rookie defenseman scored in overtime as the Blues rallied to defeat the Maple Leafs in their first game after their bye week.

“A lot of emotions tonight,” Dunn said after the game In an interview with Fox Sports Midwest. “Pretty special feeling to get that one here in my hometown."

A shorthanded goal by the Maple Leafs midway through the third period gave them a 1-0 lead before the Blues were able to tie the game on a goal by Alexander Steen with 57 seconds left in regulation.

In overtime, Dunn and Paul Stastny were on a 2-on-1 break and Dunn kept the puck and scored at 3:18 to win the game for the Blues.

The game was scoreless through the first two periods. In the third, Magnus Paajarvi drew a tripping penalty against Connor Carrick that put the Blues on the power-play. A pass got past Alex Pietrangelo, however, sending Connor Brown in on a breakaway and he scored against Carter Hutton with 9:50 left in the period.

It was the second consecutive game allowing a shorthanded goal for the Blues, who once again struggled on the power play, going 0-for-2. They have scored only one power-play goal in their last 11 games.

The Blues pulled Hutton with just under two minutes to play, and Steen was able to score off the rebound of a shot by Pietrangelo to tie the game. It was the first goal scored by the Blues this season after pulling the goalie.

Hutton, getting the start instead of Jake Allen, stopped the other 30 shots by the Maple Leafs as the Blues’ snapped a three-game losing streak.

Worth noting: -Dunn's goal was his fourth of the season and the first overtime goal by a rookie defenseman for the Blues since Bryce Salvador’s goal in game five of the first round of the 2001 playoffs against San Jose. … Dunn also had a career-high seven shots on goal … The Blues extended their win streak against the Maple Leafs to four games and are now 11-1-2 in their last 14 games in Toronto … Jay Bouwmeester and Scottie Upshall were healthy scratches, Bouwmeester had travel delays after the birth if his second child on Monday.

Looking ahead: The Blues stay in Canada to play against the Senators in Ottawa on Thursday night.