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Blues' David Backes nets hat trick in offensive showcase against Maple Leafs

David Backes led the Blues' barrage of goals against Toronto, scoring three of the five. (Graig Abel/Getty Images)David Backes led the Blues' barrage of goals against Toronto, scoring three of their five. (Graig Abel/Getty Images)

By Darian Somers

The Maple Leafs were under siege on Tuesday night in Toronto as the visiting Blues pumped 49 shots at netminder Jonathan Bernier en route to a 5-3 win.

The Blues came out and unloaded 23 in the first period, two fewer shots than the Leafs' total for in the entire game, as T.J. Oshie and David Backes scored. In the second period, the St. Louis outshot the Leafs, 13-7.

Eventually, Toronto turned on some pressure, tallying 11 shots and two goals in the third period, but Backes sealed his hat trick with an empty net goal with 1:07 left in the period.

The loss was the sixth straight for the Leafs, who find themselves tied for a wild card spot in the Eastern Conference with three other teams. Meanwhile, St. Louis picked up its lead-leading 105th point with the win.

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