ST. LOUIS – Tuesday night at Scottrade Center was apparently a good night for fighting when two fights broke out simultaneously near the end of the second period between the St. Louis Blues and the Buffalo Sabres.
After taking exception to a check by Ian Cole on Sabres center Tyler Ennis, fights broke out between Cole and Nikita Zadorov and then another between Ennis and Blues forward Alex Steen. Video of the fight can be seen below.
Steen skated off to the locker room, after receiving a five minute major penalty for fighting, with blood from his opponent visible on his jersey.
“It’s kind of old time hockey,” Blues goalie Brian Elliott explained after the win, “That’s what one of the refs came up and said to me. I think the fans enjoyed it.”
The chippy play continued into the third period as Steen took double minor penalties for roughing, giving him nine total penalty minutes. His highest penalty minutes in a game previously been six.
“He’s kind of man-handling guys out there,” Elliott continued, “He was a little frustrated. It was good to see, actually, to get some of that frustration out and get a smile on his face afterwards.”
Normally, the Blue who drops the gloves, Ryan Reaves, was out of Tuesday’s game with an injury. Although, Elliott was quick to point out that the team didn’t need Steen to fill in for Reaves.
“I don’t think that’s his role,” Elliott said, “I think we want to keep his hands nice and soft, but we’ll take it.”
Prior to the fisticuffs in the second period, the Blues were beating the Sabres 3-0. However, when the final horn sounded St. Louis beat down the Sabres 6-1. Something they should have done to a Buffalo team that has only three wins on the season.
“I thought after the scrap, we got real good minutes from [David] Backes, Steen and [Paul] Stastny,” said head coach Ken Hitchcock, “I thought the guys got really engaged emotionally.”
The Blues scored three goals during a five minute match penalty power play that ejected Nicolas Deslauriers for spearing Vladimir Tarasenko, one from Backes and two from Joakim Lindstrom. Steen had assists on all three goals.