And then he did it again.
With his two-goal effort in the Blues' 3-0 win over Minnesota, Steen is now up to 19 goals on the season and is doing his best to keep pace with Washington's Alex Ovechkin. Steen is now just five goals away from matching his previous career high (24) and continues to maintain an astronomically high shooting percentage north of 23 percent. That's nearly impossible to sustain over a full season, but the Blues are certainly going to enjoy it as long as he is able to do it.
All the NHL Scores
Bruins 4, Penguins 3
Blue Jackets 6, Maple Leafs 0
Lightning 5, Rangers 0
Panthers 3, Flyers 1
Blues 3, Wild 0
Earlier on Monday we asked you five burning questions about the days games. These are your cool, soothing answers.
1. What kind of impact will Tyler Bozak make in his return?
Not much of one. The Maple Leafs were blown out, 6-0, and Bozak was a minus-2 in the defeat. He played 20:32 and recorded just one shot on goal.
2. Will the Philadelphia Flyers extend their three-game winning streak?
They did not, losing 3-1 to the Florida Panthers thanks to a pair of goals from Sean Bergenheim. The Flyers are still 6-1-1 in their past eight games and have made themselves relevant again in the Metropolitan Division and Eastern Conference playoff race.
3. Will Nikita Kucherov record a point in his NHL debut?
Not only did Kucherov record a point, he scored a goal. And not only did he score a goal, he did so on his very first shift, and on his very first shot. How Mario Lemieux of him.
4. How will Jacob Trouba perform in his return?
After missing the past 17 games he played 20 minutes in the Jets' 3-1 win and not much happened when he was on the ice. No goals, very few shots, very few attempts, and it was a relatively even, low-event night for him in his return to the lineup. That's not necessarily a bad thing.
5. Will Phoenix avoid a three-game losing streak?
The Coyotes did not, and it was a pretty rough night overall. Starting goalie Mike Smith surrendered three goals on 28 shots while team captain Shane Doan did not play in the third period with what the team is calling a "lower body injury." It's the Coyotes' first three-game losing streak of the season.
The one play or moment from Monday that is going to be making headlines over the next couple of days.
It's actually not from something that happened on the ice, but the news that Canadian broadcasting power TSN has lost out on broadcasting rights in the NHL's next television deal. The new deal will give CBC (home of Hockey Night in Canada) and Rogers Sportsnet exclusive english language rights, which is a huge deal not only for TSN, but also hockey fans.
Stat of the Night
The Pittsburgh Penguins have scored 31 goals in the month of November and only five of them have been scored without one of Sidney Crosby or Evgeni Malkin on the ice. That's called a top-heavy team that doesn't have enough scoring depth.
Post to Post
- Martin Erat wants out of Washington.
- The reaction from Japers' Rink.
- Just what is Michel Therrien doing with Montreal's forward lines.
- As usual, the biggest strength for the New York Rangers is their goalies. What, did you think it would be somebody else?