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A familiar face handed the Toronto Maple Leafs a last-minute defeat on Wednesday night.

Former Leaf Terry Yake one-timed a pass from Pierre Turgeon by goalie Curtis Joseph with 59.2 remaining in regulation to give the St. Louis Blues a 3-2 victory over Toronto.

"It always feels extra special to go into an old building and steal two points," said Yake, who played for Toronto in 1994-95. "I had pretty much a wide open net. Turgeon pulled the goalie his way and rolled it over."

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  • Turgeon, who set up Yake's goal on a two-on-one, had three assists to give him seven points in his last three games.

    "I got the puck loose and chipped it over the defenseman. I was going to shoot it, but I saw that Joseph was standing up on me and I saw Terry Yake open," Turgeon said.

    Pavol Demitra, who has six points in the last two games, had a goal and an assist. Rookie Jochen Hecht had the other goal for St. Louis, which improved to 6-3 on the road, including four straight wins.

    Jonas Hoglund and Mats Sundin each had a goal and an assist for Toronto.

    With the game heading for overtime, Turgeon stole the puck from defenseman Tomas Kaberle, who was winding up for a slap shot from the point. Turgeon raced in on a two-on-one and assed it to Yake who one-timed it past Toronto goalie Curtis Joseph.

    Hoglund opened the scoring at 5:52 of the second when he shot the puck at the net from a bad angle and watched it bounce past St. Louis goalie Roman Turek.

    "It was a tough way to lose that game in the last minute," said Hoglund, who has four points the last two games.

    "CuJo (Joseph) played great and kept us in the game, but we didn't play as well as we wanted to."

    St. Louis answered back with a pair of goals 1:48 apart in the second. Ten seconds into a power play, Turgeon slipped a pass from beside the net past Joseph and onto the stick of Hecht, who fired it into an empty net at 7:34. The Blues went up 2-1 when Turgeon dumped another pass out front and Demitra streaked into the slot to score his eighth of the season.

    Toronto tied it four minutes later at 13:39 on the power play when Sundin scored after taking a few whacks from the tip of the crease for his first goal in five games.

    St. Louis coach Joel Quenneville passed Scotty Bowman, who guided the Blues for their first three seasons (1968-70), for second on the team's career win list with 111. Brian Sutter is first with 153.

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