The Toronto Maple Leafs were in town on Thursday, first time in more than two years.
They should visit more often.

The Blues put more distance between their recent slump with a dominant 6-3 victory over the visiting Leafs in front of 16,073 holiday shoppers at Scottrade Center.

There were several curiosities about the date with the Eastern Conference Leafs, who so generously sent Alexander Steen (and Carlo Colaiacovo) over for Lee Stempniak in November, 2008. Steen, who had his 22nd goal and an assist in the game, is currently a Blues thoroughbred. Stempniak is in Calgary.

Oddly enough, the Blues had not beaten Toronto since Feb. 12, 2010, when goaltender Chris Mason got the shutout at Scottrade. Mind you, there had been just two meetings in between.

The Blues once shared occupancy with Toronto in the Norris Division days — when the Maple Leafs often played like the Make Believes. The adversaries associate infrequently in today’s NHL.

That said, the Blues have had a Fritz Von Erich “Claw” hold on the East in recent seasons. They are an NHL-best 34-9-5 in inter-conference play since 2010-11, including 8-3-3 at home. This season, the Local Six is 10-2-0 against the East, with Columbus up next on the schedule.

The warped record is undeniable, but somewhat trivial to Blues coach Ken Hitchcock.

“This has nothing to do with East vs West,” Hitchcock said. “This has to do with Los Angeles (2012 Stanley Cup champs) and Chicago (2013 Stanley Cup champs). Those are the teams everybody is trying to catch.”