Steen’s 2 goals lead Blues over Predators 6-1
Posted at: 10/26/2013 11:06 PM
By JIM DIAMOND
(AP) NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Alexander Steen scored two goals to lead the St. Louis Blues to a 6-1 win over the Nashville Predators on Saturday night.
T.J. Oshie, Jaden Schwartz, Derek Roy and Alex Pietrangelo also scored for the Blues, who had lost three of four.
Nick Spaling scored for Nashville, which has lost two of three as it sets out on a season-long seven-game road trip.
St. Louis has won four straight in Nashville for the first time.
Steen scored the game’s first goal at 5:27 of the opening period.
With the Blues on a power play, Steen beat Nashville goaltender Carter Hutton with a wrist shot from above the left faceoff dot. A screen from teammate Chris Stewart helped Steen score his ninth of the season.
Oshie and Schwartz scored 4:02 apart in the second period to send the Blues into the second intermission up 3-0.
Spaling got the Predators on the board with a short-handed goal less than a minute into the third when he got his first goal of the season on breakaway, beating St. Louis goaltender Jaroslav Halak on the stick side.
The Blues put the game out of reach after Steen scored his second of the game at 4:37 and Roy followed at 7:48.
Steen has 10 goals so far this season after getting just eight in 40 games during the lockout-shortened 2012-13 season.
Hutton was lifted following Roy’s goal. He was replaced by Magnus Hellberg, who was recalled Thursday after No. 1 goaltender Pekka Rinne had surgery to clear up an infection in the hip that he had surgically repaired in the offseason.
Jay Bouwmeester, David Backes, and Vladimir Tarasenko each had two assists for the Blues.
NOTES: Derek Roy played in his 600th career NHL game. . Blues LW Magnus Paajarvi sustained an upper-body injury in the first period and did not return to the game. . Before Saturday, Nashville had gone seven games without allowing a power-play goal.
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