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St. Louis Blues beat the Calgary Flames 5-2 at the Scottrade Center on Wednesday.
That was mainly down to the return in form of The St. Louis winger Alexander Steen. The Canadian-born Swedish winger, who missed the first six games of the season with a broken thumb, busted out with a goal and three assists to help the Blues to a 5-2 win over the Calgary Flames.
“I think we simplified things a little bit more,” Steen said. “We were more direct in the way that we played, and I think we were a step quicker than we have been too. Those things contributed to us getting more goals and obviously more chances. It was good, even the ones we didn’t score. There was a lot of momentum pushing forward, so it was a good step in the right direction.”
Paul Stastny registered a goal and an assist, and Jaden Schwartz, Alex Pietrangelo and Joel Edmundson scored for St. Louis (7-2-1).
Jake Allen made 23 saves in an impressive display in goal. The Blues have points in four straight games (3-0-1).
They went 2-for-3 on the power play, which ultimately clinched the game for them. For the Flames, it was the second straight game they allowed two power-play goals; they overcame two man-advantage goals by the Nashville Predators on Tuesday in a 3-2 shootout win.
Flames coach Glen Gulutzan spoke afterwards to reporters and said “When you’re playing back-to-back (games), your penalty kill has to be better.
Our penalty kill quite frankly doesn’t look anything near what it should and we’ve got to clean that area up because tonight it put us in a hole and we couldn’t get out of it”.
A boxing match breaks out at The Wells Fargo Center
Kevin Bieksa of the Anaheim Ducks dropped Philadelphia Flyers defenseman, Radko Gudas with a shot that is been dubbed the first ‘Superman Punch’ in NHL history on Tuesday night.
After the two served unsportsmanlike conduct penalties in the first period, they immediately dropped their gloves and started an out in out brawl.
With the Wells Fargo Center ringing a bell to signal the start of their fight, Bieksa lunged forward with his back foot in the air and slugged Gudas on the chin with a leaping right hand, dropping the Flyer with one punch.
Both were given fighting majors, which seemed slightly unfair seeing as Gudas’ fight consisted mostly of falling after been caught by that monster right hand. It seemed that Bieksa was paying tribute to WWE star, Roman Reigns, who missed the “Tables, Ladders and Chairs” PPV show due to illness.
A strange tribute that has nothing to do with the NHL but provided entertainment and a funny headline none the less.
Columbus beat the Buffalo Sabres
All it took was a little rest for the Columbus Blue Jackets to get back to their winning ways.
Seth Jones registered a goal and an assist for Columbus to help the Blue Jackets, who had a three-day break between games, beat the Buffalo Sabres 5-1 on Wednesday night at the KeyBank Center.
Serge Bobrovsky had a great night in goal as he stopped 34 of 35 shots to lead Columbus (6-3-0) to their fifth win in their last seven games. Buffalo dropped to 3-6-2 in front of goalie Chad Johnson, who stopped 33 of 38 shots.
The game was dubbed a “slop fest” in the words of Columbus coach John Tortorella, with neither team great in attack.
“The way we played the first wasn’t great,” said Seth Jones. “We wanted to come and make a statement in the second and play a completely different period. And I think we did a good job of that. It’s obviously nice when the pucks going in the net, but it starts with the way we play defence — the way we closed gaps and the way our forwards tracked back — our transition game is a whole other level when that happens”.
Up next for the Sabres is a home fixture where they are to face San Jose on Saturday. For the Blue Jackets, they host Winnipeg on Friday.