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Blues Steen jolts team in return

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By Scott Bierman By Scott Bierman

(HockeyStL) -- The St. Louis Blues gained an extra spark with the return of Alex Steen, who missed eight games due to a shoulder injury, on Thursday night.

Steen scored a goal and added two assists in 19:12 played. The 29-year-old forward still didn’t think he played all that well after the final horn sounded in a 3-0 win over the Phoenix Coyotes.

“I didn’t look very good. That’s a lot of credit to my two linemates tonight,” Steen said. “(David) Backes and (Chris Stewart) had a heck of a game. I try to keep it simple with those two guys and they carried me tonight.”

The line of Steen-Backes-Stewart combined for eight points (three goals, five assists) and a plus-nine rating.

“They played fine. They were a threat,” Ken Hitchcock said. “That’s a very difficult line to play against. It’s a line that carries skill and weight.”

Like Stewart, Steen had a point in every goal scored.

His third period goal was sort of sheer luck after failing to connect on a pass to a breaking Backes down the middle of the ice. Steen simply gathered himself at the top of the slot, spun and shot the puck past Coyotes’ goalie Mike Smith for his first goal since February 15.

“It’s nice to get timely goals like that,” Steen said. “I think it’s something that unfortunately at times we haven’t really gotten even though we have been pressuring teams and just hasn’t been there. To see one like that go in was great.”

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