Blues hope Steen can keep the magic touch on offense
St. Louis Blues left wing Alexander Steen, right, takes a shot against Tampa Bay Lightning center Valtteri Filppula, of Finland, during the first period of an NHL hockey game Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Brian Blanco) By Brian Blanco
(HockeyStL) -- Being in the spotlight is not something Blues forward Alex Steen is particularly used to and, quite frankly, he wishes it didn’t have to be this way. But when you are leading the NHL with 13 goals and have scored in every single game except two you’re going to find yourself talked about.
“Right now we’re collectively playing really well,” Steen said. “The opportunities I’ve gotten have been a direct result of other guys’ efforts and that’s what we’ve been about in this room for a long time. Nothing’s really changed.”
“He hates what’s going on to be honest with you,” Ken Hitchcock said. “He’d just like to come and play hockey. He hates what’s going on. It’s not comfortable for him. He’d like to just play and stay out of the limelight. He doesn’t like it. I hope he keeps it going but I think he would like to be part of just the game time conversation rather than all this scoring stuff. I don’t think he likes this. I don’t think he’s comfortable with it.”
Steen has an eight game point streak going on at the moment (nine goals and two assists) and has spearheaded an offense that is second in the NHL averaging 3.5 goals per game. The Blues are even fourth on the power play, converting 24 percent of the time.