Blues 4, Hurricanes 2

Rob Rains, The Sports Xchange
The SportsXchange

ST. LOUIS -- It did not take long for St. Louis Blues left winger Alexander Steen to make up for one of his rare mistakes this season.
A giveaway by Steen set up the first of two short-handed goals by the Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday night -- on the same minor penalty -- and wiped out a 2-0 St. Louis lead late in the second period.
Just 6:20 into the third period, however, Steen broke the tie when he took a feed from defenseman Roman Polak and buried the puck past Carolina goalie Justin Peters for what turned out to be the winner in the Blues' 4-2 victory.
The goal was Steen's league-leading 17th of the season. He also regained the NHL lead in points with 26 in the Blues' 18 games.
Steen already had extended his point-scoring streak to 13 consecutive games when he was credited with the second assist on a goal by Polak midway through the second period.
It is the longest point-scoring streak by a Blues player since Pierre Turgeon scored in 15 consecutive games during the 1999-2000 season.
Right winger T.J. Oshie added an empty-net goal with 44 seconds to play for the final two-goal margin.
The Hurricanes trailed 2-0 when they were called for too many men on the ice at 15:05 of the second period, putting the Blues on a power play. Just 1:29 later, the score was tied.
Center Eric Staal scored Carolina's first short-handed goal of the year on a breakaway after Steen's turnover just 32 seconds into the penalty. And 57 seconds later, St. Louis goalie Brian Elliott misplayed the puck when he came out of his net and left winger Nathan Gerbe beat him back to the net and scored the tying goal.
It was the first time the Blues had allowed two short-handed goals in the same game since March 29, 2008, and the first time they had allowed two short-handed goals during the same minor penalty since Oct. 8, 1992.
After a scoreless first period, the Blues took the 2-0 lead on goals by Polak, on a perfect feed from right winger Chris Stewart at 9:25, and center David Backes, off a pass from left winger Brenden Morrow behind the net 2:11 later.
Polak's goal marked the 10th consecutive game in which the Blues scored the first goal and the 15th time they scored first in their 18 games this season.
NOTES: St. Louis LW Chris Porter cleared waivers on Saturday and was assigned to the Chicago Wolves of the AHL. ... Three members of the Russian Hockey Federation were at the game, apparently watching Blues RW Vladimir Tarasenko and Carolina RW Alexander Semin as candidates for the Russian Olympic team. ... The Hurricanes had to travel to St. Louis after beating Anaheim 3-2 in a shootout at home on Friday night. G Justin Peters was back in the nets for the second night in a row, making his 10th consecutive start. ... The Blues open a three-game trip in Washington on Sunday night and also will play at Buffalo on Tuesday and at Boston on Thursday before returning home. G Jaroslav Halak is expected to start against the Capitals. ... The Hurricanes return home to host Boston on Monday night.

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