NEW YORK – A light night in the NHL on Wednesday had the Blues downing the Blackhawks on a late goal by Alexander Steen. The marker lifted St Louis to the 3-2 win.
“I don’t know if I got all of it,” Steen said on NHL.com. “That’s usually the good feeling you have. When you let it go, you kind of pick your spot and you kind of feel like this one has a chance. It’s not so much how hard it is, it’s where you put it. … Once you let it go, you can kind of see this one has a chance.
“I had to look around at first, and I heard from the bench we had a rush, but I wanted to know how much time and space we had. Once I get in over the blue line, the D kind of pushed over to Osh, and it was a shot.”
Elsewhere, Calgary got the best of Montreal in a 3-2 win and the LA Kings rebounded from their loss to the nearly hapless New York Rangers. Jeff Carter was left alone in front of the Ttawa net in the OT session and banged home the winner.
“They just left me there alone,” Carter said. “We saw it in the power play before. Brown was sitting at the net for 30 seconds by himself, so I knew if they get a shot through I’ve got to get a stick on it.”
St. Louis 3, Chicago 2
Calgary 3, Montreal 2
Los Angeles 4, Ottawa 3 (OT)
Alexander Steen scored with 21.1 seconds remaining in regulation to lift the Blues to a 3-2 victory over the Blackhawks. It marks the second time in the Blues’ last eight games (regular season and playoffs) that they have scored a tiebreaking goal in the final minute of regulation – they also did so in Game 2 of the 2013 Western Conference Quarterfinals, when Barret Jackman netted the game-winner with 50.4 seconds remaining in a 2-1 triumph over the Kings. However, the team hadn’t scored such a goal during a regular-season game since Nov. 28, 2007, when Brad Boyes potted the decisive tally with 58 seconds remaining in a 4-3 win over the Sabres.
MONAHAN ON FIRE
Forward Sean Monahan, the sixth overall pick in the 2013 NHL Draft, scored Calgary’s first goal, added an assist and finished with a +2 rating in 15:41 of ice-time. The 18-year-old Brampton, Ont., native has recorded at least one point in each of his first four NHL games (3-2—5), the longest point streak to begin an NHL career by a Flames player since October 1989, when Sergei Makarov registered points in each of his first seven contests (2-14—16). Since 2008, the only other players to collect points in each of their first four career NHL games are Jamie McBain (March 2010), Carl Hagelin (November-December 2011) and Cory Conacher (January 2013).
THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT
Several other teenagers already have made their mark just a week into the 2013-14 season:
* Sharks forward Tomas Hertl (born Nov. 12, 1993) leads the League with six goals, including a four-goal performance Tuesday versus the NY Rangers, and seven points. He is the youngest player since Jimmy Carson on March 20, 1988, to record four goals in an NHL game.
* Avalanche forward Nathan MacKinnon (Sept. 1, 1995), the No. 1 overall pick in June’s draft, has registered assists in each of his first three NHL games, becoming the fifth player in franchise history to do so.
* At 18 years, 31 days, Panthers forward Aleksander Barkov (Sept. 2, 1995) became the youngest player to score in an NHL game since Jan. 8, 1944, when he netted the game-winner versus the Stars Oct. 3.
* Predators defenseman Seth Jones (Oct. 3, 1994) leads all rookies in average time on ice (23:07). He became the second teenager in the expansion era (since 1967-68) to celebrate his birthday by making his NHL debut.
* Jets defenseman Jacob Trouba (Feb. 26, 1994) places second among rookies in average time on ice (21:55). He scored the game-tying goal, added an assist and logged a game-high 25:02 in the team’s season opener, his NHL debut, versus the Oilers Oct. 1.
LONG LIVE THE NOTE
The Blues improved to 3-0-0 for the third time in franchise history (also 1969-70 and 1993-94). They have not trailed at any point during their last six regular-season games (dating to last season), and have held the lead for 68.3% of the time (245:55 of 360:00) during those contests.
HOCKEY FIGHTS CANCER
Wednesday’s Blackhawks-Blues game marked the first Hockey Fights Cancer Awareness Night of the 2013-14 season. Click here for a full list of team Awareness Nights.
The Kings blew a 3-0 lead, but improved to 17-7-2 all-time versus the Senators, including a 12-1-1 mark in Los Angeles . . . Kings forward Jeff Carter scored two goals, including the overtime winner; he led the League with eight game-winning goals last season . . . The team that has scored first has won each of the last nine meetings between the Blues and Blackhawks . . . The Flames have won 10 of their last 12 games versus the Canadiens at Scotiabank Saddledome, including seven straight . . . Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane scored his third goal in as many games, marking the first time he has found the back of the net in each of the team’s first three games of a season . . . Offseason acquisition Bobby Ryan scored his first goal with the Senators and the 148th of his NHL career . . . The Department of Player Safety suspended Sharks defenseman Brad Stuart for three games, without pay, for an illegal check to head of Rangers forward Rick Nash . . . The Department of Player Safety also fined Islanders forward Frans Nielsen $5,000 for slashing Coyotes forward Martin Hanzal.
SNEAK PEEK AT THURSDAY’S ACTION
All Times Eastern
Colorado @ Boston, 7:00 p.m., ALT, NESN
Columbus @ Buffalo, 7:00 p.m., FS-O, MSG-B
Carolina @ Washington, 7:00 p.m., SPSO, CSN-DC
Phoenix @ Detroit, 7:30 p.m., NHLN-US, FS-A, FS-D
Florida @ Tampa Bay, 7:30 p.m., FS-F, SUN
Toronto @ Nashville, 8:00 p.m., LEAFS TV, FS-TN
Winnipeg @ Minnesota, 8:00 p.m., TSN-JETS, FS-N, FS-WI
Montreal @ Edmonton, 9:30 p.m., RDS, TSN-HABS, SNET-EDM
San Jose @ Vancouver, 10:00 p.m., CSN-CA, SNET-VAN
NY Rangers @ Anaheim, 10:00 p.m., MSG, PRIME