Steen lifts Blues past Flames

Updated: November 7, 2013

St. Louis, MO ( – Alexander Steen’s league-leading 14th goal
of the season came early in the second period and served as the game-winner on
Thursday, as the St. Louis Blues held off the Calgary Flames, 3-2, at
Scot trade Center.

Steen’s marker staked St. Louis to a 3-0 lead 5:55 into the second, but
Calgary countered with a pair of goals in the third to pull within one.

The Flames then had a brief two-man advantage late in the frame after Vladimir
Sobotka was whistled for a face-off violation and Reto Berra left the Calgary
net in favor of the extra attacker, but Brian Elliott stood tall between the
pipes down the stretch to send St. Louis to its fifth victory in six tries.

Maxim Lapierre and Vladimir Tarasenko each scored once for the Blues, who
received 18 saves from Elliott.

Mike Cammalleri and Tim Jackman netted the Calgary goals, while Berra allowed
all three goals on 27 shots for the Flames, who have lost two straight and
four of their last five games.

With the Flames trailing 3-0 to begin the third, Jackman started the Calgary
comeback at 4:41 when he tipped in Shane O’Brien’s point blast to make it 3-1.

Cammalleri’s one-timer from a tough angle on the low right side made it a one-
goal game with 5:11 remaining, but the Flames failed to find the equalizer
from there.

Tarasenko’s power-play marker 3:01 into the game gave St. Louis an early edge
before Lapierre doubled the margin just past the midpoint of the frame when he
tipped in Jordan Leopold’s shot to make it 2-0.

“The first period was terrific,” Blues head coach Ken Hitchcock said. “We did
a lot of really good things. We played exactly the way we wanted to.”

Steen scored from in front just under six minutes into the middle stanza to
extend the lead to 3-0.

Game Notes

Calgary went 0-for-6 on the power play, while St. Louis finished 1-for-3 on
the man advantage … The Flames announced prior to the game that forward
Curtis Glencross will miss six weeks with a second-degree MCL sprain … St.
Louis defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk recorded an assist for the seventh straight
game … Berra was a fourth-round selection by the Blues in 2006 and was dealt
to the Flames on Apr. 1 as part of the package that landed St. Louis
defenseman Jay Bouwmeester, who notched an assist on Thursday … St. Louis
improved to 6-1-1 as the host this season.