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Steen, Crosby, and Niemi are NHL’s three stars for October

Nov 1, 2013, 2:16 PM EDT

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Blues winger Alexander Steen, Penguins center Sidney Crosby and Sharks goalie Antti Niemi are the NHL’s three stars for the month of October.

The league announced the winners today.

Steen led all players with 11 goals, scoring in nine of 10 games and on 35.5% of his shots on goal, to help the Blues pick up 16 out of a possible 20 points (7-1-2).

Crosby paced the NHL with 21 points (8-13—21) in 13 games to lead the Penguins to first place in the Metropolitan Division (9-4-0, 18 points).

Niemi posted a 9-1-2 record with a 1.72 goals-against average, .924 save percentage and two shutouts in helping the Sharks earn a League-best 22 points (10-1-2).

Steen’s performance in October is especially notable given the 29-year-old is a pending unrestricted free agent. Certainly nobody can expect him to keep scoring on a third of his shots, but it’s a safe bet his cap hit will be going up from its current $3.4 million.

From the CBC’s Elliotte Friedman:

The Blues did talk to [Steen about a contract] last summer, but he chose to wait and concentrate on the season.

  1. ethanmacleod1685 - Nov 1, 2013 at 2:35 PM

    Crosby should be 1st

    • hockeydon10 - Nov 1, 2013 at 3:42 PM

      Oh for crying out loud.

      Steen is doing something not seen in the league since the 1990-91 season.

      Crosby is doing something not seen in the league since… the 2011-12 season.

      As a Red Wings fan, as much as it pains me to say it about a Blues player, give Steen his due.

  2. jhaegs - Nov 1, 2013 at 8:24 PM

    A Wings fan giving Steener some (much earned) credit!?!? You guys got soft in your move to the East. LOL

    Steen has been phenomenal. Not just the goal scoring, but the effort too. LGB

    • hockeydon10 - Nov 2, 2013 at 11:32 AM

      Haha… nah. There are a bunch of us that know good hockey when we see it. Maybe there is a difference between die-hard fans and rabid fans. Die-hard fans can appreciate when someone on a different team makes a great play. Rabid fans, like the guy above, don’t really know good hockey and just blindly cheer for their team regardless of anything else.

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