St. Louis, MO (SportsNetwork.com) - David Backes scored twice and St. Louis
used an early three-goal barrage to take down Toronto, 6-3, at Scottrade
Jaden Schwartz matched a career high with three points on a goal and two
assists for the Blues, who have won three of four.
Derek Roy, Alex Steen and Chris Stewart also lit the lamp to back a 19-save
effort from Brian Elliott.
Nazem Kadri, Nikolai Kulemin and James van Riemsdyk tallied for the Leafs, who
suffered their third straight defeat.
James Reimer started, but was chased after giving up three goals on 15 shots
in less than one period. Jonathan Bernier finished the contest with 18 stops.
"It looked like we were brain dead in a lot of areas," Maple Leafs head coach
Randy Carlyle stated bluntly.
All but out of the game and facing a four-goal deficit, the Leafs managed to
make things interesting late. Kulemin beat Elliott on a shot from between the
circles with 5 1/2 minutes to play, and Toronto pulled within 5-3 on a fluke
chance by van Riemsdyk just over two minutes later.
Backes put any comeback hopes to rest, as he deposited his second of the
night, a bank shot off the boards, into the empty net with 30 seconds to play.
Backes put the hosts on the board at 4:48 of the first with a low shot from
the high slot, and Schwartz added a tally by picking up his own rebound and
slipping the puck home from the right side with 7:01 on the clock.
Bernier came on for Reimer after Roy's marker -- a one-timer from a Stewart
dish -- with 3:50 to play in the period gave the hosts a 3-0 edge.
"We really created a number of offensive opportunities," Blues head coach Ken
Stewart made it a four-goal St. Louis margin with only 29 seconds gone in the
second, then Kadri finally answered for the Leafs at 1:45.
It was 5-1 for the Blues just after the seven-minute mark of the third period
when Steen deked a Toronto defender in the right circle and scored with a high
St. Louis improved to 13-2-2 on home ice ... The Blues have scored at least
six goals in one game five times this season ... Toronto has won just once in
its last nine road contests (1-5-3).