Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Bluenotes: Steen Makes Belated Preseason Debut

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Bluenotes: Steen Makes Belated Preseason Debut

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One thing that makes preseason games tricky is the absence of television. When a goal scores on a deflection, it can be hard for the stat crews to see with the naked eye and there are very limited replays to confirm who scored.

So the initial announcements on the Blues' first two goals Tuesday night were that they were both scored by Alexander Steen, though in reality, he didn't score either of them. The first was deflected by David Backes, not Steen, and Steen's shot for the second was deflected by Joakim Lindstrom.

"I got credit for two and I didn't score any of them," Steen said after the game.

The credit for both goals was changed Backes' fairly quickly, Lindstrom's after the game so Steen finished with one assist in his first game of the season. He, along with some other veterans, were held out of the first two games of the season, and then coach Ken Hitchcock showed an abundance of caution and held Steen from the second two games after he got "banged up" in the team's scrimmage last week, though Steen would have played if it was the regular season.

"It was good," he said of his first time out. "Obviously my timing was a little off and the puck was bouncing quite a bit out there. Personally, I'm pretty happy. My legs felt good, and team- wise, I felt we played really solid, especially in the second period. We didn't give them much. We held on to the puck, made the play we wanted to make. It was a good game all around I think."

The Blues didn't practice on Wednesday, so it's not known if Steen will play in the final two preseason games. The Blues play Minnesota Thursday night at Scottrade Center and then play at Minnesota on Saturday.

Thursday night will be the season debut of Jaden Schwartz, who signed with the team Saturday. Schwartz has been in town four days but on the ice for only two days so far at camp. …

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