March 27, 2015

Steen’s tough play along the boards creates a scoring opportunity and win for the Blues in overtime (VIDEO)

St. Louis Blues Alexander Steen (middle) file photo, UPI/Bill Greenblatt

St. Louis Blues Alexander Steen (middle) file photo, UPI/Bill Greenblatt

Two days ago Alex Steen scored the Blues only goal, his 400th career point, as St. Louis lost to Detroit just 24 seconds into overtime.  On Tuesday night in Pittsburgh, Steen scored his 24th of the year and it came just 35 second into overtime as the Blues were on the winning end of an OT game, in a 3-2 final over the Penguins.

Steen not only netted the game winner on a deflected shot from the point, but he did the dirty work along the boards to come away with the puck and feed it over to Zbynek Michalek, whose slap shot was redirected by Steen past Pittsburgh goalie Marc Andre-Fluery.

Through 74 games played, the Blues maintain a one-point lead over Nashville in the Central Division standings.

Watch Steen’s winner.  Video NHL.com

Brian Elliott sets a Blues franchise mark and the team moves into a tie for first place in the Western Conference

Brian Elliott (file photo, Bill Greenblatt)

Brian Elliott (file photo, Bill Greenblatt)

Alexander Steen scored twice and Brian Elliott made 25 saves in the Blues 4-0 win the Calgary Flames on the road Tuesday. Jori Lehtera and David Backes also scored for the Blues (45-20-5).  For Elliott, it was his 21st shutout with the Blues, breaking a tie with Jaroslav Halak for the franchise record. The Blues haven’t allowed a goal in over two full regulation games (126 minutes, 16 seconds).  Elliott was once Halak’s backup.

“Looking back right now on my career, I’m not here for that long and I never thought I’d be in St. Louis. It’s pretty cool to be at the top there right now,” said Elliott. “It has a lot to do with how our team plays the past four years. Great attention to detail and guys sacrificing in front of me, blocking shots like you saw tonight.”

The Blues have won five of their past six games, including two straight and three of the past four via shutout, to jump into first place in the West. The Blues and Anaheim Ducks each have 95 points, but the Blues have a game in hand.

 

 

Watch how Jackman beat the Jets on a simple flip from the neutral zone (VIDEO)

St. Louis Blues Barret Jackman (R) celebrates a 5-4 win over the Winnipeg Jets with teammates at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis on March 10, 2015. Jackman scored the game winner with about a minute to go in the game.  Photo by Bill Greenblatt/UPI

St. Louis Blues Barret Jackman (R) celebrates a 5-4 win over the Winnipeg Jets with teammates at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis on March 10, 2015. Photo by Bill Greenblatt/UPI

Forget that the St. Louis Blues let a 4-1 lead slip away in the third period.  The fact is they got the W and two points after defenseman Barret Jackman flipped a puck past Winnipeg goalie Ondrej Pavelec from beyond the blue line with 1:03 left to play in regulation to give the Blues a 5-4 win at Scottrade Center, Tuesday night.

The Blues gave up two goals in a span of 11 second within the first 1:45 of the third period.  Then while on the powerplay, they allowed the Jets to tie the game with a shorthanded goal.

With just over a minute to play David Backes won a faceoff outside the Jets zone, back to Robert Bortuzzo, who threw the puck to Jackman. Instead of  dumping the puck into the corners, he snapped one towards the Winnipeg net and ended up with a game-winning goal.

“When I threw it in there, I thought Pavelec was just kind of surveying the play and was just going to grab it and flip it to the side,” said Jackman. “It just kind of floated over the glove. He obviously didn’t get a good look at it.”

Watch the game winning goal, courtesy of NHL.com

Former Blues player returns to his hometown after heartfelt letter written by his daughter (VIDEO)

Jordan Leopold with the St. Louis Blues earlier this season (NHL.com)

Jordan Leopold with the St. Louis Blues earlier this season (NHL.com)

Jordan Leopold played in 49 games in parts of three seasons with the Blues. In November, the team traded the 34 year old defenseman to Columbus. Since then, he’s only played in 18 games with the Blue Jackets. That’s when Jordan’s daughter Jordyn wrote a public letter to the Minnesota Wild, pleading they make a deal before the trade deadline so dad can be reunited with his family in St. Paul.

It worked.

Leopold, born in Golden Valley, Minn., was the nation’s top collegiate player in 2002. The hometown Wild acquired the former University of Minnesota Golden Gopher sending defenseman Justin Faulk to Columbus. Leopold has one goal and two assists in 25 games this season for the St. Louis Blues and Blue Jackets.

Blues rally to salvage a point after rallying for three goals in the third to force a shootout

Jake Allen is beat during the shootout (photo/NHL.com)

Jake Allen is beat during the shootout (photo/NHL.com)

The Blues had a strong start and an even better finish to grab a point on the back end of back-to-back games against a well rested Vancouver Canucks team that was off since Thursday.

After scoring two goals in the first 5:59 of the game, the Blues stumbled as the fresher looking Canucks had a 5-2 lead, just over six minutes into the third.

However, the Blues rattled three goals past Vancouver goalie Eddie Lack in a seven minute span and then rattled the posts twice in OT. Lack made the only save in the shootout, making a left pad save of T.J. Oshie for Vancouver’s 6-5 win.

Dmitrij Jaskin started the comeback with a power-play goal 8:18 into the third period, and Petteri Lindholm and David Backes scored 1:12 apart with five minutes left to help the Blues rally late.

“A lesser team would have folded it up,” Blues head coach Ken Hitchcock said, “but we came back and pounded on it hard in the third period and then should have won it in overtime with the two we drilled by him and hit the post. We played a whale of a hockey game. We did a heck of a job.”