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ST. LOUIS -- Left winger Jaden Schwartz scored a goal and added two assists to lead the St. Louis Blues to a 6-3 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Thursday night.

Schwartz scored one of three St. Louis goals in the first period, which prompted the Maple Leafs to pull starting goaltender James Reimer just 16:10 into the game. It was the seventh time in 30 games this season the Blues have chased a starting goalie.

The Blues, who have gotten off to poor starts in the first period in several recent games, took a 1-0 lead at 4:48 of the opening period on center David Backes' 14th goal of the season as he converted a pass from left winger Alexander Steen as he circled behind the net.

Schwartz made it 2-0 at 12:59 when he knocked his own rebound past Reimer, who made the initial save after losing his stick on the play.

Center Derek Roy added the third goal at 16:10, with the assists going to right winger Chris Stewart and Schwartz. At that point, Blues had a 15-5 advantage in shots on goal, but Toronto replaced Reimer with netminder Jonathan Bernier.

Just 29 seconds into the second period, Stewart made it 4-0 for the Blues. Schwartz earned the second assist on the play, giving him his second three-point game of the season and of his career.

Toronto got its first goal just 1:16 later, when center Nazem Kadri's shot got past goalie Brian Elliott, who faced only 13 shots on goal by the Maple Leafs in the first two periods.

Steen increased the lead to 5-1 with his 22nd goal of the year, second only to Washington's Alex Ovechkin, 7:04 into the final period before the Maple Leafs made the final score closer with goals by left wingers Nikolai Kulemin at 14:30 and James van Riemsdyk at 16:52.

Backes added his second goal of the night into an empty net with 30 seconds left in the game to clse out the scoring.

The loss extended the Maple Leafs streak without a win in regulation to 12 consecutive games.

Since March 12, 2011, the Blues have gone 47-0-1 at home when they scored three or more goals.

NOTES: Blues LW Alexander Steen was a first-round pick of the Maple Leafs in 2002 and played for Toronto from 2005 to 2008 before he was traded to St. Louis. ... Toronto played its second consecutive game without its captain, D Dion Phaneuf, who was completing a two-game suspension for a hit from behind on Boston's Kevan Miller during Sunday's game. ... Blues G Brian Elliott started his second consecutive game and played in his third straight. ... The Blues were one of four teams that Toronto G James Reimer had never faced in his career. The remaining three are Dallas, Anaheim and Columbus. ... Toronto will return home to play Chicago on Saturday night and the Blues' next game will be Saturday at Columbus.
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