Nov 21, 2013, 10:52 PM EDT
Alexander Steen didn’t score in regulation or overtime Thursday, but it didn’t matter. The St. Louis Blues won anyway.
The Blues defeated the Boston Bruins with a 3-2 shootout victory, pushing their franchise-best start to 15-3-3. That temporarily put them ahead of the Chicago Blackhawks for top spot in the Central Division, however the Blackhawks won in Winnipeg not long after to jump back ahead of St. Louis.
The win for St. Louis was a milestone victory for both the team and its head coach Ken Hitchcock.
On an individual level, Hitchcock recorded 620th career win, tying Bryan Murray for eighth on the NHL’s all-time list, according to the Blues.
The Blues have also won their last six games at the TD Garden.
Steen was held off the score sheet until the second round of the shootout. His goal helped extend the deciding skills competition into the fourth round, when Derek Roy scored the winner.
“If that’s the level, that’s a pretty high level,” Hitchcock said, as per the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
“We got the information we needed. It was a playoff game. It was very disciplined. Both teams really respected each other. But it was really a hard game.”
Steen entered the game with 17 goals, tied with Alex Ovechkin at the top of the league.
As you’ll recall, we previewed this game earlier in the day. It was also a match-up of two very strong teams only gaining strength in their respective conferences.
The Bruins had won six of their last seven games, while the Blues have now gone 7-2-1 in their last 10 games.
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