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ST. LOUIS -- The St. Louis Blues came into the season with an open spot on their top line alongside David Backes and T.J. Oshie following a trade that sent David Perron to Edmonton.

Four games into the season, Alexander Steen has proved to be a more than adequate replacement.

Steen recorded his first four-point game since Dec. 21, 2009, with one goal and three assists Saturday night and Backes scored twice to lead the Blues to a 5-3 win over the New York Rangers.

The win kept the Blues undefeated at 4-0, marking the first time franchise history that the team started a season with four consecutive wins.

Steen scored the Blues' first goal 5:38 into the first period when he knocked a rebound of a shot by Oshie past New York goalie Martin Biron. The goal was Steen's fourth of the season, one in each of the Blues' first four games.

The Rangers tied the game with one second left in a 5-on-3 power play with 5.8 seconds left in the period on a goal by Ryan Callahan.

Steen's cross-ice pass to Backes set up the go-ahead St. Louis goal 5:11 into the second period, and a goal by Derek Roy increased the lead to 3-1 at 12:44.

The Rangers cut the margin to 3-2 on Brad Richards' fourth goal of the season four minutes later, but the Blues responded when Backes got his second goal of the night, tipping in a shot by Oshie at 18:27 to restore the two-goal lead. Backes is tied with Steen with a team-high four goals on the season.

The Blues jumped out to the 4-2 lead despite being outshot by the Rangers 24-17 through the first two periods. Henrik Lundqvist replaced Biron in the New York goal at the start of the third period.

With Roy off the ice serving a minor holding penalty, Callahan scored his second goal of the game 2:54 into the third period to again pull the Rangers within one goal at 4-3. But the Blues once again came back just six seconds into a power play on a goal by Vladimir Tarasenko at 10:42.

The five goals scored by St. Louis increased the total allowed by the Rangers to 20 in their last three games.

NOTES: The Rangers were playing their fourth game in six nights as they begin the season with a nine-game road trip, necessitated by repairs at Madison Square Garden. They will not play their home opener until Oct. 28. ... The Blues, meanwhile, played their fourth game in a five-game homestand to open the season; that stretch will conclude with a Tuesday night game against San Jose. ... The Rangers were without LW Rick Nash for a second consecutive game. Nash was sent back to New York for further evaluation of concussion-like symptoms resulting from a hit he received from Brad Stuart in Tuesday night's game against San Jose. Stuart was suspended for three games because of the hit.
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