ST. LOUIS (AP) — David Backes, Alexander Steen and Vladimir Tarasenko scored to lead the St. Louis Blues to a 3-1 exhibition victory over the Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday night.
Steen's unassisted goal in the second period of his preseason debut gave St. Louis a 2-1 lead. He led the Blueswith 33 goals and 62 points last season.
Ryan Murphy scored for Carolina. He sent a wrist shot through traffic at the 5:59 mark of the second period.
Backes had the first goal of the game just 33 seconds into the second. With St. Louis enjoying a 5-on-3 power play, Backes redirected a drive by Kevin Shattenkirk into the net.
Brian Elliott stopped 19 shots for the Blues, and Cam Ward had 26 saves for the Hurricanes.