Backes, Steen score, Blues beat Red Wings 3-2

Backes, Steen score, Blues beat Red Wings 3-2

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Detroit Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard, left, deflects a puck as St. Louis Blues' Alexander Steen, right, looks on during the second period of an NHL hockey game, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2011, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

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by R.B. Fallstrom

AP

Posted on December 6, 2011 at 9:24 PM

Updated Tuesday, Dec 6 at 10:38 PM

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- David Backes got the go-ahead score on the second straight power-play goal of the game for the St. Louis Blues, who ended a 2 for 39 slump with the man advantage in a 3-2 victory over the Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday night. 

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Alex Steen had a power play goal in the second period and Brian Elliott made 27 saves for the Blues, who are 9-2-3 since Ken Hitchcock replaced Davis Payne as coach. The Blues also beat the Red Wings in Hitchcock's first game on Nov. 15.

St. Louis entered Tuesday as the NHL's worst with the man advantage - having scored eight goals in 87 chances.

Detroit's Jonathan Franzen scored for the third straight game and Danny Cleary made it a one-goal game with 1:20 to go.

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