Steen named NHL's First Star of the Month

News-DemocratNovember 2, 2013 

St. Louis Blues winger Alexander Steen, who has a league-leading 12 goals, on Friday was named the NHL's First Star of the Month for October.

Steen also is tied for second in the league with four power-play goals and is fifth among the NHL scoring leaders with 12 goals and 17 points.

He scored a goal in his sixth straight game Friday, helping the Blues to a 4-0 victory over the Florida Panthers.

Steen was only the third NHL player in the last 20 years to score 11 goals in his first 10 games, joining former Blues winger Scott Young (2000-01) and Atlanta's Ilya Kovalchuk (2003-04).

"Everybody's talking about the offensive numbers," Blues coach Ken Hitchcock said. "This is just the evolution of a complete player. He's got a good conscience for the game, he sees the game properly."

Steen has twice won games for the Blues this season with goals in the final minute, including a 3-2 victory over Winnipeg earlier this week.

The last Blues player with at least 16 points in the first 10 games was Kevin Miller in 1993. Steen is a likely to be selected for Sweden's team in the upcoming Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

Steen's teammates continue to marvel at his quick start.

"It's inspiring, especially for a guy like him who's had some injuries the last couple years," Blues winger Chris Stewart said. "You know how much he loves the game and we all know he's capable of this. It's great to see him having that success because he's the hardest-working guy on the team."

Pittsburgh's Sidney Crosby (eight goals, 21 points in 13 games) was named the NHL's Second Star. The Third Star of the Month was San Jose goaltender Antti Niemi (9-1-2, 1.72 goals-against average, .924 save percentage, two shutouts).

Contact reporter Norm Sanders at 239-2454, or on Twitter @NormSanders

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