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Steen helps St. Louis Blues beat Carolina Hurricanes 3-1 in preseason game

  • St. Louis Blues' Magnus Paajarvi (56) battles Carolina Hurricanes' Jay Harrison (44) for the loose puck in the second period of a preseason NHL hockey game, Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014 in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Tom Gannam)

    St. Louis Blues' Magnus Paajarvi (56) battles Carolina Hurricanes' Jay Harrison (44) for the loose puck in the second period of a preseason NHL hockey game, Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014 in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Tom Gannam)  (The Associated Press)

  • Carolina Hurricanes' Ryan Murphy (7) celebrates with teammates on the bench after scoring a goal in the second period of a preseason NHL hockey game against the St. Louis Blues, Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014 in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Tom Gannam)

    Carolina Hurricanes' Ryan Murphy (7) celebrates with teammates on the bench after scoring a goal in the second period of a preseason NHL hockey game against the St. Louis Blues, Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014 in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Tom Gannam)  (The Associated Press)

  • St. Louis Blues' David Backes (42) celebrates a goal with teammates as Carolina Hurricanes' Riley Nash (20) skates by in the second period of a preseason NHL hockey game, Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014 in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Tom Gannam)

    St. Louis Blues' David Backes (42) celebrates a goal with teammates as Carolina Hurricanes' Riley Nash (20) skates by in the second period of a preseason NHL hockey game, Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014 in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Tom Gannam)  (The Associated Press)

David Backes, Joakim Lindstrom and Vladimir Tarasenko scored to lead the St. Louis Blues to a 3-1 exhibition victory over the Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday night.

Alexander Steen had an assist on Lindstrom's goal in the second period, which gave St. Louis a 2-1 lead. It was Steen's exhibition debut after he led the Blues with 33 goals and 62 points last season.

Ryan Murphy scored for Carolina. He sent a wrist shot through traffic at the 5:59 mark of the second.

Backes had the first goal of the game just 33 seconds into the second. With St. Louis enjoying a 5-on-3 power play, Backes redirected a drive by Kevin Shattenkirk into the net.

Brian Elliott stopped 19 shots for the Blues, and Cam Ward had 26 saves for the Hurricanes.