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David Backes completed a hat trick with an empty-net goal to lead the St. Louis Blues to a 5-3 victory in Toronto Tuesday night that sent the Maple Leafs to their sixth straight loss.
T.J. Oshie and former Leafs forward Alex Steen also scored for St. Louis, which passed Boston for the most points in the NHL with 105.
Ryan Miller made 21 saves to improve to 32-15-3 in his career against Toronto.
Joffrey Lupul, Carl Gunnarsson, and James van Riemsdyk scored for Toronto, which dropped out of a playoff spot for the first time since Jan. 14, coupled with Washington’s shootout loss to Los Angeles.