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Blues 5, Maple Leafs 3

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TORONTO -- St. Louis right winger David Backes had a hat trick and center T.J. Oshie had a goal and an assist as the Blues defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs 5-3 on Tuesday night in Toronto.

Centers Alexander Steen had the other goal for St. Louis (49-16-7).

Center Joffrey Lupul opened the game's scoring for Toronto (36-30-8). Defenseman Carl Gunnarsson and left winger James van Riemsdyk had third-period goals for Toronto to bring it to 4-3, but the Leafs were unable to get the equalizer before Backes put the game away with an empty-netter with just over a minute left.

Blue goaltender Ryan Miller made 22 saves in the win.

Toronto goaltender Jonathan Bernier, who was making his first start after missing five games with a groin injury, made 45 saves in the loss.

With the win, St. Louis earned a split (2-2-0) on their four-game Eastern Conference road trip. The win also puts the Blues one point ahead of the Boston Bruins in the President's Trophy race.

The loss is Toronto's sixth straight and seventh in eight games. The last time the Leafs dropped six straight was in 2009-10 when they started the season 0-7-1.

Gunnarsson pulled Toronto to within two at 4:39 of the third by beating Miller with a shot low to his glove-side.

Then at 15:54 of the third, van Riemsdyk pulled Toronto to within one, poking home the rebound off defenseman Jake Gardiner's point shot for his 28th.

Steen made it 4-1 at 17:35 of the middle frame, backhanding a shot over the glove of a screened Bernier for his 31st of the season. Steen now has four goals in five career games against his former team.

St. Louis took a 3-1 lead at 7:32 of the second as Backes beat Bernier five-hole for his second of the night and 26th of the season.

The Blues capitalized off of Leafs' defenseman Dion Phaneuf's turnover to take their first lead of the game. Oshie stripped the Leafs captain of the puck and fed Backes, who beat Bernier off his pad and in for his 25th at 19:27 of the first.

Oshie tied it 1 at 15:55 of the first, tipping defenseman Roman Polak's point shot past Bernier for his 18th.

Lupul opened the scoring moments later at 11:30 of the first on a power play, putting home a mid-air feed from forward Nazem Kadri for his 21st of the season. The Lupul goal ended a stretch of seven straight games in which Toronto had given up the game's first goal.

NOTES: With G Jonathan Bernier's return, the Maple Leafs assigned G Drew MacIntyre to their American Hockey League affiliate. ... Toronto D Paul Ranger (neck) missed his third game because of a concussion. ... The Maple Leafs announced the signing of D Eric Knodel on Tuesday. Knodel, originally a fifth-round selection in the 2009 NHL Draft, will report to the team's AHL affiliate on a professional tryout contract. ... St. Louis won the only other meeting between the clubs, 6-3 on Dec. 12. ... Blues RW Vladimir Tarasenko (hand) missed his fifth straight game. ... The Blues entered Tuesday with 48 wins. The franchise record for wins in a season is 51, set in 1999-2000.

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