Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Steen Scores Shootout Winner as Blues Edge Jets 2-1

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Steen Scores Shootout Winner as Blues Edge Jets 2-1

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Steen scores SO winner as Blues edge Jets 2-1

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WINNIPEG, Canado - Coming home proved to be a productive, happy trip for Alexander Steen and Ryan Reaves.

Steen scored the winner in a shootout as the St. Louis Blues defeated the Winnipeg Jets 2-1 on Thursday while Reaves assisted on Patrik Berglund's goal in regulation.

When the Blues were last in Winnipeg in late November, Reaves scored the game-winner in a 4-2 victory and Steen had a pair of assists.

"I guess we like coming home once in a while," Reaves said with a smile.

Vladimir Tarasenko also scored in the shootout for the Blues (39-18-4), while Brian Elliott made 30 saves through regulation and overtime.

It was a game the Central Division teams described as a playoff type with tight-checking-- a big-hit contest.

"We had to take some hits to make the plays and the guys see that and feed off of each other," said Elliott, who's now won six of his last seven road starts.

"Big hits, but we made the plays to get it out, get it in and those are the important plays."

Andrew Ladd had the lone goal in the shootout for the Jets (31-20-12). Mark Scheifele found the back of the net in the third period.

Rookie Michael Hutchinson stopped 28 shots and recorded his first-career shootout loss in five contests. He has points in his last seven starts (4-0-3).

"Teams in our division, they play that strong, physical, defensive style and you have to be ready for it from the puck drop to be on the puck and to win battles," said Ladd, who assisted on Scheifele's goal for his 200th point with the franchise.

Berglund got the game's first goal with 1:49 left in the second period, but the Jets tied it up with Scheifele's 10th goal of the season at 3:14 of the third.

The Jets were playing the second game of a four-game homestand. The loss halted a season-long four-game home winning streak.

"All the games that we play against St. …

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