Steen's OT gives Blues 2-1 win over Kings
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Alex Steen stole the puck from goalie Jonathan Quick behind the net and scored a short-handed goal to give the St. Louis Blues a 2-1 victory over the defending Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday night.
Steen scored unassisted on a backhander at 13:26 of overtime less than a minute after Blues defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk was whistled for a double-minor high sticking when he cut Dustin Penner.
Steen also scored on a power play in the first period for the Blues, who ended an eight-game losing streak against the team that swept them in the second round last spring.
Quick, last year's Conn Smythe winner as playoff MVP, made 35 saves in regulation, keeping the Kings in it for Justin Williams' tying goal with 31.6 seconds left.
Holliday, Garcia lead Cards to 2-1 win over Reds
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Matt Holliday hit a two-run homer, Jaime Garcia continued his mastery of Cincinnati with eight strong innings and the St. Louis Cardinals snapped a three-game losing streak with a 2-1 win over the Reds on Tuesday night.
Garcia (3-1) gave up one run on seven hits, struck out three and did not walk a batter. The left-hander improved to 7-0 in eight starts against Cincinnati at Busch Stadium and is 9-2 overall against them. He retired the last seven batters he faced and recorded 18 ground ball outs.
Edward Mujica struck out the side in the ninth for his fifth save in as many chances.
Bronson Arroyo (2-3) allowed two runs on six hits over seven innings for the Reds, whose win streak ended at three games.
Shields leads Royals to 8-2 win over Rays
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — James Shields made a stellar first start against his former team, and Mike Moustakas hit a two-run homer to spur the Kansas City Royals to an 8-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday night.
Shields (2-2) allowed a two-run homer to Matt Joyce in the first inning, but only allowed three more hits over the next six. He struck out seven in the kind of dominant performance that the Royals were hoping for when they acquired him in December.
The Royals trailed 2-1 in the sixth when Moustakas' first homer of the year gave Kansas City the lead. The Royals added another run to chase Rays starter Alex Cobb (3-2), and three more off reliever Brandon Gomes in the seventh, ensuring up the win for "Big Game" James.
Former SEMO coach accused in car theft ring
(Information in the following story is from: KFVS-TV, http://www.kfvs12.com)
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A former Southeast Missouri State University women's basketball coach, who is currently the women's basketball coach at Highland Community College in northeast Kansas, has been arraigned in a multi-state car theft conspiracy.
Forty-eight-year-old William J. Smith, of Highland, Kan., appeared Tuesday in federal court in St. Louis. Not guilty pleas were entered on his behalf.
Smith is among 21 people charged in the auto theft conspiracy. The U.S. attorney's office said in a release that the defendants stole luxury vehicles in Missouri, Iowa, Illinois and Indiana, and used different schemes to obtain insurance proceeds by staging accidents and filing false theft reports.
Smith resigned as women's basketball coach at SEMO in December 2006. Highland Community College officials say Smith isn't suspended while they await the outcome of the legal process.