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Immediate returns: Steen scores twice in Blues win


James OBrien

With a freshly minted three-year contract extension, one might worry that Alexander Steen would rest on his laurels. Instead, he matched his career-high for goals in a season by netting No. 23 and 24 on Thursday, helping the St. Louis Blues beat the Montreal Canadiens 5-1.

The 29-year-old didn’t waste time getting on the board, as he notched a shorthanded goal less than five minutes into the game:

About three-and-a-half minutes later, Steen scored what would stand as the game-winner:

Steen’s other 24-goal season came in 68 games during the 2009-10 campaign. He hit that mark in half the time this season, as he’s only played in 34 contests so far. If financial security will slow him down, it looks like that will take some time to set in.

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