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Steen's last-minute goal lifts Blues over Blackhawks 3-2

  • Chicago Blackhawks' goalie Corey Crawford, right, is scored on by  St. Louis Blues' David Backes (42) during the second period of an NHL hockey game Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Bill Boyce)

    Chicago Blackhawks' goalie Corey Crawford, right, is scored on by St. Louis Blues' David Backes (42) during the second period of an NHL hockey game Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Bill Boyce)  (The Associated Press)

  • St. Louis Blues' goalie Jaroslav Halak, left, of Slovakia, blocks a shot by Chicago Blackhawks' Patrick Sharp (10) during the second period of an NHL hockey game Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Bill Boyce)

    St. Louis Blues' goalie Jaroslav Halak, left, of Slovakia, blocks a shot by Chicago Blackhawks' Patrick Sharp (10) during the second period of an NHL hockey game Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Bill Boyce)  (The Associated Press)

  • Chicago Blackhawks' Marian Hossa (81), of Slovakia, passes around St. Louis Blues' T.J. Oshie during the first period of an NHL hockey game Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Bill Boyce)

    Chicago Blackhawks' Marian Hossa (81), of Slovakia, passes around St. Louis Blues' T.J. Oshie during the first period of an NHL hockey game Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Bill Boyce)  (The Associated Press)

Alexander Steen's slap shot with 21.1 seconds remaining beat Chicago goalie Corey Crawford and gave the St. Louis Blues a 3-2 win over the Blackhawks on Wednesday night.

Steen broke down the left side as part of a 3-on-1 rush. He kept the puck and let go a drive from just inside the circle that trickled through Crawford.

The Blues (3-0) matched their best start to a season, also done in the 1969-70 and 1993-94 campaigns. Jaroslav Halak made 26 saves in his third straight win. Vladimir Tarasenko and David Backes also scored for St. Louis.

Patrick Kane scored for the third straight game for the Blackhawks, and Jonathan Toews had the other Chicago goal. Crawford made 31 saves.