The St. Louis Blues didn’t provide many moments for their collective highlight reels, only firing 16 shots on Vancouver Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo. (The ‘Nucks defense has been pretty hot lately, as they allowed 15 shots or less in two of their last four games.)
Yet the one goal the Blues managed to score in that game happened to be the prettiest tally of the night. (Funny how that happens, right?)
Alexander Steen is far from a household name, but he’s one of those under-the-radar forwards who brings an efficient, intelligent game to the ice most nights. He’s putting together a solid season so far, with 10 goals and 11 assists for 21 points in 32 games while earning more than 19 minutes of ice time per game (a career high).
Steen made some beautiful moves around the Canucks defense before he fired a nice backhand shot past Luongo, the only blemish for Roberto’s night.
Dubinsky won’t change, and he won’t go easy on Crosby
“Nope,” Dubinsky said. “You know, I’ve played the same way my whole career and I’m not going to change. The next time I have an opportunity to play (Crosby), I’m going to play him hard.”
In case you’re wondering, that next opportunity comes on Dec. 21 in Pittsburgh, assuming that both players are healthy and not suspended.
One can understand Dubinsky’s perspective, although such honesty would be that much more interesting if there’s another incident with Crosby. His initial reaction to the hit was interestingly candid, admitting that his “stick rode up” on his adversary.
Would that stance – which, from a harsher view, might seem flippant to Dubinsky’s critics – open the door for a bigger future bit of a discipline?
Maybe, maybe not … but at least his comments aren’t as inflammatory as what John Tortorella said (at least on the record).
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