The Blues completed a 3-0 homestand with a 2-1 win over the Vegas Golden Knights on Thursday night, getting 32 saves from goalie Carter Hutton. (Scott Rovak/St. Louis Blues) 

By Rob Rains

It has taken a while, but the Blues seem to have figured out the type of team they need to be if they want to win hockey games.

If they happen to forget it again at some point in the future, they can pop in the tape of Thursday night’s game against the Vegas Golden Knights for a quick reminder.

The Blues got goals from Alexander Steen and Paul Stastny, two of their veteran leaders who have not had the best of seasons offensively, and Carter Hutton had another big night in goal to carry the Blues to a 2-1 win over the Vegas Golden Knights at Scottrade Center.

Steen’s goal at 9:35 of the first period was only his fifth of the year and his first with a goalie in the net since Nov. 16, a span of 22 games. He scored into an empty net on Dec. 23 in Vancouver.

After Vegas tied the game in the second period, Stastny scored the game-winning goal at 5:59 of the third period, winning a battle for a loose puck in front of the net. It was the first goal by Stastny in 12 games and just his second since Nov. 25.

To find a game in which both Steen and Stastny scored a goal, you have to back to Oct. 25, the Blues’ 10th game of the season.

“I think we’ve gotten back to the way we want to play, our kind of hockey, the way we were playing at the start of the year,” Steen said. “I think the last five, six games we’ve had the work ethic we need,”

According to Stastny, that ethic is led by Steen – even when he has not been scoring goals.

“I think he’s taken it upon himself to lead this club,” Stastny said. “He does it on the ice, vocally, in the locker room … we kind of follow the lead there. When we play like we did tonight is when we are at our best.”

Coach Mike Yeo was happy to see both Steen and Stastny’s efforts rewarded with goals.
He believes a lineup change he made at the start of this homestand, moving Steen onto a line with Kyle Brodziak and Patrik Berglund, is paying off.

“That line has been really effective for us,” Yeo said. “It’s helped Steener get to his game a little bit. We obviously know he’s going to work all the time, he’s going to compete, he’s going to play the game the right way on both sides of the puck. But he’s also a guy who is going to make plays with the puck. I feel like he is getting some real opportunities to do that right now.”

Yeo had the same feelings about Stastny, who now has eight goals for the season.

“He’s been playing really well and hasn’t been getting rewarded, but he’s been a real solid, effective player for us for the last little while here," Yeo said.

The win completed a 3-0 homestand for the Blues, all of which came with Hutton in goal. he made 32 saves as the Blues snapped the Golden Knight’s eight-game winning streak. They had earned at least one point in 13 consecutive games (12-0-1) and had not lost in regulation in more than a month. (Dec. 1).

The three wins came despite the Blues scoring only seven goals, not including the shootout against New Jersey.

Steen said the result was not as much about the Blues being aware of how well Vegas was playing – coming into the game as the top team in the Western Conference – but about what the Blues can do themselves.

“I don’t think we focus as much on the opposition or that kind of statistic,” Steen said. “It’s been more about us, especially on this homestand, and what we want to accomplish.”


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