Red Wings Vs. Blues: St. Louis' Power Play Finally Works In 3-2 Win

ST. LOUIS, MO - DECEMBER 6: Members of the St. Louis Blues celebrate a goal against the Detroit Red Wings at the Scottrade Center on December 6, 2011 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

Entering Tuesday's game against the Detroit Red Wings, the St. Louis Blues held the dubious distinction of having the worst power play in the NHL. Clocking in at single digits - 9.2 percent - St. Louis' power play was powerless. Eight power play goals in 87 chances? Not so good.

Yet, the Blues scored a quarter of their season total with the man advantage in a 3-2 win over the Red Wings.

Alexander Steen's blast off the faceoff tied the game at 1-1 in the second period, while David Backes' tip-in within the first minute of the third period gave the Blues the lead for good.

Under Ken Hitchcock, St. Louis is 9-2-3 and rolling. Brian Elliot has had a career resurgence in goal this season, stopping 27 shots for his 11th victory of the season. If the Blues' power play can mirror Elliot's recent rise, they could be a force to be reckoned with in the Western Conference.

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