The St. Louis Blues got two of their top nine forwards back in the lineup on Saturday night against the Toronto Maple Leafs but it didn’t make a difference.
Tarasenko, who missed Thursday’s game with an illness, gave the Blues (23-14-4, 50 points) a 1-0 lead at 8:28 of the second period when he scored his 23rd of the season on a one-timer off a pass from David Backes.
The Maple Leafs (15-15-7, 37 points) answered just five seconds later when James van Riemsdyk scored after a turnover off the faceoff.
Toronto scored three times in the third period.
The Maple Leafs took the lead 3:15 into the third period with a power-play goal from Peter Holland, then got a goal from Nazem Kadri late in the third and an empty-netter from Michael Graber with 1 minute left.
Jake Allen stopped 29 of 32 shot attempts for St. Louis. Jonathan Bernier stopped 39 of 40 shot attempts for Toronto, including all 36 attempts he faced at even strength.
The Blues, who have lost two straight and three of four, host the Ottawa Senators on Monday night at Scottrade Center.