NHL Wrap: Late goal gives Blues win over 'Hawks

NHL Wrap: Late goal gives Blues win over 'Hawks
October 10, 2013, 12:00 am
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Alexander Steen scored with 21.1 seconds remaining to give the Blues a 3-2 win over the Blackhawks on Wednesday. (USA Today Images)

Still in search of his first point, Claude Giroux says his hand feels fine but that his level of confidence does not. Yet, anyway (see story).

Also, Craig Berube ran his first full practice as Flyers head coach on Wednesday (see story).

Now, here's a recap of Wednesday's NHL action:

Late goal gives Blues win over Blackhawks
ST. LOUIS -- Alexander Steen's slap shot with 21.1 seconds remaining beat Chicago goalie Corey Crawford and gave the St. Louis Blues a 3-2 win over the Blackhawks on Wednesday night.

Steen broke down the left side as part of a 3-on-1 rush. He kept the puck and let go a drive from just inside the circle that trickled through Crawford.

The Blues (3-0) matched their best start to a season, also done in the 1969-70 and 1993-94 campaigns. Jaroslav Halak made 26 saves in his third straight win. Vladimir Tarasenko and David Backes also scored for St. Louis.

Patrick Kane scored for the third straight game for the Blackhawks, and Jonathan Toews had the other Chicago goal. Crawford made 31 saves (see full recap).

Rookie Monahan leads Flames past Canadiens
CALGARY, Alberta -- Rookie forward Sean Monahan had a goal and an assist, and Joey MacDonald made 33 saves in the Calgary Flames' 3-2 win over the Montreal Canadiens on Wednesday night.

Sven Baertschi and Curtis Glencross also scored for Calgary (2-0-2). The last time the Flames earned at least one point in their first four games was in 2009 when they had a 4-0 start.

MacDonald made his third consecutive start. He backstopped Calgary to a 4-3 win at Columbus on Friday and helped the Flames salvage a point in a 5-4 overtime loss at home to Vancouver on Sunday.

P.K. Subban had a goal and an assist for the Canadiens (1-2), who hadn't played since a 4-1 home win over Philadelphia on Saturday. Lars Ellar recorded his fourth goal and sixth point of the season for Montreal. Carey Price made 22 saves (see full recap).