St. Louis put star forward Vladimir Tarasenko (hand) and captain Ryan O’Reilly (broken foot) on injured reserve Monday.
Michael Bunting scored twice, including on a power play, for Toronto. Pierre Engvall, William Nylander and Auston Matthews added goals and Samsonov stopped 27 shots as the Maple Leafs fell to 23-8-7. Matthews also assisted on Nylander’s goal, finishing the game with 501 career points.
A wild second period saw the teams combine for six goals, three in 1:17 span.
Kyrou gave St. Louis a 3-1 lead 3:09 into the second. As Kyrou’s goal was still being announced over the public-address system, Nylander scored for Toronto.
Leivo picked up his own rebound off Samsonov’s pad at 9:32 to give the Blues a 4-2 lead. Bunting replied for Toronto 17 seconds later, putting a rebound past Binnington. A minute later, Saad snapped a shot from the slot to once again give St. Louis a two-goal lead.
Matthews cut into the Blues’ lead again shortly after to make it 5-4. Bunting tied it at 5 on a power play 7:55 into the third period.
Blues: At New Jersey on Thursday night.
Maple Leafs: Host Seattle on Thursday night.
The Associated Press