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Steen, Blues nip Red Wings

Nov 16, 2011 - 5:18 AM
St. Louis, MO (Sports Network) - Alexander Steen scored the game-winner midway through the second period, as the St. Louis Blues beat the Detroit Red Wings, 2-1.

Matt D'Agostini scored the other goal for the Blues, who have gone 3-0-1 under Ken Hitchcock since he replaced a fired Payne Davis.

Brian Elliott turned aside 21-of-22 shots for the victors.

"He made some huge stops for us," Steen said of Elliott. "That's what inspires the guys."

Justin Abdelkader scored the lone goal for the Red Wings, who had a four-game winning streak snapped.

Jimmy Howard stopped 35-of-37 shots for Detroit, which went 0-for-6 on the power play.

The Red Wings got on the board 6:07 into the first period. Drew Miller's pass from behind the net found Abdelkader in front. Abdelkader chipped the puck through the legs of Elliott.

With 8:46 to go in the stanza, Detroit was awarded a five-minute power play when St. Louis' Chris Stewart checked Niklas Kronwall from behind. Kronwall went flying into the boards, with the left side of his body taking most of the impact. Kronwall was helped off the ice as Stewart was given a game misconduct.

The Blues killed off the long power play before scoring on a man advantage of their own. D'Agostini picked up a loose puck in the slot and fired a snap shot past Howard.

Steen gave St. Louis a 2-1 edge at the 10:16 mark of the middle stanza. Steen intercepted a pass at the blue line before beating Howard with a wrister from the top of the left circle.

"They looked like a hungrier hockey club to me tonight than we did, and they get full-marks for their victory," Red Wings head coach Mike Babcock said. "I thought they skated us in the second period which I hadn't seen, that hasn't happened to us a whole bunch."

Game Notes

The Red Wings took four of six from the Blues last season...St. Louis moved to 6-1-1 at home this year...Detroit was without defenseman Ian White (fractured cheekbone)...Kronwall returned to the game in the second period.