Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Steen Keeps Puck from Memorable Goal

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Steen Keeps Puck from Memorable Goal

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By Wednesday afternoon, Blues forward Alexander Steen had been asked several times to relive the play that set up his short-handed goal, ending Game 1 for a 2-1 overtime triumph over LA.

"It had to get in," Steen said. "After that, it's just an adrenaline rush. The crowd got so loud instantly. It was unfortunate to give up (the game-tying) goal at the end of the third period, but I liked our vibe going into the dressing room. It was a 'Let's get this done' vibe."

Steen's second goal of the night was the first short-handed goal to end an NHL playoff game since Edmonton's Fernando Pisani did it in June 2006, beating Carolina 4-3 in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup finals.

In the hoopla of Tuesday's finish, Steen was able to take home the souvenir. "Yeah, (Blues broadcaster Kelly Chase) got the puck," Steen said.

Blues coach Ken Hitchcock was caught off-guard by the goal and actually didn't see a replay until hours after the game.

"I saw it about midnight, saw it on the highlights," Hitchcock said. "That was the first time I saw it. It was fortunate for us. (The Kings) were a little bit better than we were in the OT. Alex was our best player, and it was nice to see him get that goal. That's what leaders do. He has really stepped up in the last month on this hockey club."

Oshie feels good

Blues forward T.J. Oshie said Wednesday that he was "actually surprised" with how well his injured left ankle responded after making his return to the lineup.

"The ankle felt great," Oshie said. "I think more so it was emotions and getting that first game under me. The first two periods felt a little better, slipped a little bit in the third. But that was more so erring on the side of caution as far as not letting them score a goal."

After missing 15 games with an ankle injury, which required surgery, Oshie played 18 minutes, 1 second of ice time. …

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