Auston Matthews let out a sigh and burglarized a smile.

Matthews, Hyman propel Leafs past Blues:

Auston Matthews and Zach Hyman each taped a set of goals to propel the Toronto Maple Leafs to a 5-2 victory over the St. Louis Blues. 1:43

Jason Spezza topped the Leafs' four-goal very first period outburst with his 19th of the season.

Matthews had gone a season-high 5 video games without a goal. He broke a 1-1 tie with a wrist shot from the left wing 6:51 into the opening period.

The No. 1 overall option in the 2016 NHL draft, Matthews had actually scored simply once in seven profession video games versus the Blues. He pushed the lead to 5-1 with a power-play objective midway through the second duration, his 18th goal of the season.

Matthews had revealed annoyance with his team's effort in a 6-1 loss at Philadelphia on Tuesday.

"We just type of folded, type of just quit."

Not on this night. The Leafs brought out strength from the opening faceoff against the protecting Stanley Cup champions. They scored 4 times in the first period, including a three-goal salvo in 6:06.

"We got off to a great start, [Andersen] made some huge saves and we got to roll all 4 lines during the game," Matthews said.

"It's a huge relief," Matthews stated. "It kind of gets you going, gets your confidence back. Matthews had actually gone a season-high five video games without a goal. The No. 1 general option in the 2016 NHL draft, Matthews had actually scored just as soon as in seven profession video games against the Blues. Hyman scored his second objective of the game by converting on a short-handed breakaway for a 3-1 lead.
Toronto's Kasperi Kapanen screens St. Louis goaltender Jordan Binnington on an objective by Jason Spezza(not envisioned). (Billy Hurst/Associated Press)Matthews' break out came as not a surprise to coach Sheldon Keefe."

It's got to feel great for him,"Keefe said."I had complete self-confidence it was going to fall in for him." Hyman scored his 2nd objective of the game by transforming on a short-handed breakaway for a 3-1 lead. He took a perfect pass from Pierre Engvall as they broke in alone on St. Louis goalie Jordan Binnington.

"As a group, we're beginning to learn how to have fun with a lead better," Hyman stated. "It's actually essential. As we progress in the season, and video games become tighter, having fun with a lead and not letting up is truly crucial."

Andersen tape-recorded his 5th win in his last 7 begins to enhance to 14-7-3.

"We had fun with self-confidence a bit better," Andersen stated. "We had some pretty great moments and got rewarded with some of our possibilities."

Tyson Barrie, left, of the Leafs and goaltender Frederik Andersen protect a shot as St. Louis Blues' Jaden Schwartz attempts to screen. (Billy Hurst/Associated Press)

Binnington was removed after quiting 4 objectives on 11 shots in the very first 9:28. It was the very first time he had actually been pulled because Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final after giving up 5 goals on 19 shots.

The Blues had taped points in 24 of their very first 30 video games but were doomed by the slow start.

"I didn't think we came out that bad, however we made a couple of mistakes that went in our net," St. Louis coach Craig Berube said.

Blues captain Alex Pietrangelo was dissatisfied in the effort.

"We simply weren't ready. It happens," he said.