Alexander Steen netted a pair of goals and Brian Elliot recorded 28 saves to lift the St. Louis Blues to a 2-1 , overtime victory over the Los Angeles Kings in the first game of their Western Conference quarterfinal series at Scottrade Center.
Steen opened the scoring with a power-play goal in the first period and capped the night with the game-winner just when it seemed that the Kings were primed to steal the first game of the series. Los Angeles appeared to have all the momentum just before Steen scored the game-winner. Justin Williams scored with just over 30 seconds remaining in regulation to force overtime and seemed poised to win it when St. Louis defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk caught Dustin Penner with a high stick that drew blood, resulting in a double-minor penalty and a 4-minute power play for Los Angeles. However, things went wrong for the Kings just 41 seconding into the man advantage as a Blues clearance turned into anything but a routine play for Quick. As the Kings netminder controlled the puck, Steen raced down the ice on the forecheck, stripped the puck from Quick and put it in the net before Quick could get back in position. Prior to that error it had been a solid performance by the reigning Conn Smythe winner, as he recorded a season-high 41 save in the loss.
The Blues can take a 2 game to none lead tomorrow night when the series continues at Scotttrade Center. The puck is slated to drop at 8:30 p.m.