|ALEXANDER STEEN, Blues|
|BEST IN CLASS — JUST OUT OF PENALTY BOX|
|It’s been a slow start to the year for long-time Blues stalwart Alexander Steen, who coming into the game had scored more empty-net goals (3) than not (2).
But Steen got anything but a slow start out of the penalty box with St. Louis trailing the Senators by a goal at the start of the third period. Released along with an Ottawa player with whom he was serving coincidental minors, Steen bolted directly into the offensive zone with the Blues controlling the puck.
Kevin Shattenkirk seemed to be ready for this as if the Blues practice plays where the man just out of the box is the first option within the offensive zone (teams do practice stretch passes to exploit this situation). The Blues defenseman, who loves to roam the ice from top to bottom of the zone on power plays, was deep in the left corner when he snapped a diagonal pass to a streaking Steen at the top of the right circle.
The Ottawa coverage was completely blown by this development, as Derick Brassard — who came back on the ice with Steen at the end of their penalites — tried to strip point man Alex Pietrangelo of the puck before it went down to Shattenkirk. After Steen collected the pass he was at liberty to stride in a couple of steps to size up the best way to beat Senator goaltender Frederik Anderson. He chose stick side and fired a wrist shot past the blocker into the far corner.
A beautiful goal executed by three old pros of the Blues who have spent the entire decade together in St. Louis uniforms.
|1/17/2017 vs. Ottawa.
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