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ST. LOUIS -- St. Louis left winger Alexander Steen broke a third-period tie, and goalie Ryan Miller recorded his second win in as many starts for his new team as the Blues rallied to beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 4-2 Tuesday night.

St. Louis (41-14-6) won its second in a row after losing the first two games following the Olympic break.

Tampa Bay (34-23-5) lost for the seventh time in 10 games, and it concluded a four-game road trip with a 1-3 mark.

Steen tallied his team-high 29th goal with 16:13 remaining to give St. Louis its first lead of the night, 3-2.

Miller made 15 saves to improve to 2-0 with the Blues, who acquired the 11-year veteran from the Buffalo Sabres in a trade on Friday. Miller, a member of the United States Olympic team, stopped 23 shots in a 4-2 victory at Phoenix on Sunday.

Tampa Bay goalie Ben Bishop, who grew up in St. Louis, made 25 saves, but he fell to 29-11-4.

Center Patrik Berglund, right winger T.J. Oshie and right winger Vladimir Tarasenko also scored for St. Louis, which improved to 23-5-2 at home.

Centers Alex Killorn and Tyler Johnson tallied for the Lightning, who bolted to an early 2-0 lead after just six shots on goal. However, Miller bounced back with several fine saves, including two highlight-reel stops in the third period.

Steen lifted a backhander behind Bishop to cap off the comeback.

Oshie tied it 2-2 with a short-handed goal late in the second period. It was his 15th of the season and only the third short-handed goal for the Blues this season. Steen picked up his 200th career assist on the goal.

Berglund brought St. Louis to within 2-1 by scoring off the rebound of a shot by left winger Jaden Schwartz early in the second period. Berglund has 11 goals this season, including three in the past two games.

Killorn and Johnson converted in a span of 7:41 in the first period to put the Lightning in front. Killorn took a pass from right winger Teddy Purcell in the slot at 7:08. Johnson then converted on the power play for his 18th goal of the season. The tally broke his season-high, seven-game scoreless drought.

Tarasenko scored into an empty net with 39 seconds left.

NOTES: Tampa Bay C Valtteri Filppula returned to the lineup after missing four games with a non-displaced fracture of his right ankle. ... The Blues, who began the post-Olympic portion of their schedule with three successive road games, played their first home game since Feb. 8. ... The Lightning kick off a six-game homestand Thursday against Buffalo. ... Miller, an 11-year veteran, played in only one game in St. Louis prior to Tuesday. His Buffalo Sabres lost 4-2 on Jan. 21, 2012. ... Tampa C Alex Killorn played in his 100th NHL game. ... Lightning C Steven Stamkos may return to the lineup as soon as Thursday. Stamkos, who broke his right leg on Nov. 11, will undergo X-rays on Wednesday to determine his status. He has missed 45 games.
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