Steen downplays OT heroics

Steen downplays OT heroics

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by Bryce Moore, HockeyStL

KMOV.com

Posted on May 1, 2013 at 11:14 AM

Updated Tuesday, May 21 at 2:39 PM

(HockeyStL) – Do you think Alex Steen fully understands the hope he has restored to Blues nation?

The effort and enthusiasm that the Blues showed in Game 1 of the playoffs had not played out in such a dominating performance since the Game 1 smack down of the Red Wings to start the season. This was the Blues team we were expecting, hoping to see all season.

-But-

How many Blues fans really thought the Blues could beat the Kings in overtime?

How many Blues fans really thought the Blues could beat the Kings in overtime, down a man for four minutes?

Apparently Alex Steen did.

It was Steen’s power-play goal that put the Blues on the board earlier in the night, and it his short-handed heroics that no one saw coming that could be a turning point in the Blues, Kings storyline.

“I just got on so I figured once the puck went down I had fresh legs and figured I would try him,” said Steen after the game.

It was not as if Steen stormed behind the goal, he glided in, clearly surprising Kings goalie Jonathan Quick, took the puck and deposited it in the net.

Watch the goal

Scottrade erupted.

“Goodbye! Good night! Game over!” screamed Blues broadcaster John Kelly.

Steen’s take on the play, “I just got fortunate behind the net, it hit my stick.”

“It is just such an emotional swing your down and figuring out who is going to kill a four minute penalty and the next thing the game’s over,” said head coach Ken Hitchcock.

“That’s what leader’s do,” Hitchcock added. “He played a great hockey game.”

Watch Steen's post-game comments

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