Stat Line of the Night — 4/30/2013 — Alexander Steen
The St. Louis Blues entered Game One of their first round playoff series against the Los Angeles Kings having lost each of the last eight meetings between these two teams. That streak of futility dates back to last year’s second round playoff series, where the Blues were swept in four straight by the eventual Stanley Cup champions. They were hoping to avoid a repeat and break their losing streak in the process, and that’s exactly what happened thanks to the play of Alexander Steen.
The Blues’ forward opened the scoring with a power-play goal in the first period, and after the Kings tied things up with less than one minute remaining in regulation, Steen made sure his team didn’t blow Game One, as he stripped Jonathan Quick of the puck behind the Kings’ net and scored the overtime winner during the Blues’ 2-1 victory.
With the win, St. Louis snaps their losing streak against the Kings, and it may be exactly what they needed to help them get their confidence back and eliminate the defending champions from post-season play. It’s still early in the series, but Steen certainly has the Blues off to a great start, and he earns “The Stat Line of the Night” for Tuesday, April 30, 2013.