Backes scores twice as Blues beat Maple Leafs

David Backes scored twice and Jaden Schwartz added a goal and

two assists to lead the St. Louis Blues over the Toronto Maple

Leafs 6-3 on Thursday night.

St. Louis has won eight of 11 overall. At 13-2-2, the Blues tied

Boston, Pittsburgh and Minnesota for most home-ice wins.

Toronto lost its third in a row.

Alexander Steen, Derek Roy and Chris Stewart scored for St.

Louis, which has points in its last six games against Toronto. The

teams met for the first time since Nov. 10, 2011.

Nazem Kadri, Nikolai Kulemin and James van Riemsdyk scored for

the Maple Leafs, who got two goals in the final 5 1/2 minutes.

Brian Elliott, appearing in his third successive game, made 19

saves to improve to 6-1-1.

Steen scored his 22nd goal, second in the NHL to Washington’s

Alex Ovechkin, who has 26 goals.

Schwartz recorded the second three-point game of his career.

St. Louis scored three times in the first 16:10 to chase goalie

James Reimer, who faced 15 shots. It was the seventh time this

season the Blues have sent a starting goaltender to an early

exit.

Backes got the first and last goals of the game. He beat Reimer

with a 20-foot wrist shot at 4:48 of the first period. He scored

into an empty net for his 15th goal and giving him 29 points, one

more than his total for all of last season.

Schwartz and Roy scored 3:11 apart to push the lead to 3-0.

NOTES: St. Louis took 36 shots to Toronto’s 22. The Maple Leafs

have outshot their opponents only four times this season. … The

Blues are 18-1-2 when scoring first. ….Toronto D Paul Ranger

played in his 300th NHL game. … St. Louis has scored at least two

goals in all 17 home games this season. … Maple Leafs D Dion

Phaneuf served the final game of a two-game suspension for a hit on

Boston’s Kevan Millar on Sunday. …. Toronto has not won in

regulation in its last 12 games.