St. Louis, MO (SportsNetwork.com) - Alexander Steen had two goals and one assist in his return, helping the St. Louis Blues post a 6-3 win over the New York Islanders at Scottrade Center on Thursday.
Steen, who missed the previous two games with a lower-body injury, provided an immediate spark and his second tally ignited four-goal third period that carried the Blues to their third straight win.
"I thought (Steen) was real good. I thought that line was real good. Set the tempo early in the game. Set the tempo in the third period," said St. Louis head coach Ken Hitchcock.
T.J. Oshie had a goal with two assists and Jake Allen made 25 saves.
John Tavares and Mikhail Grabovski scored in the second period for the Islanders, who have lost three games in a row. Former Blue Jaroslav Halak allowed five goals on 32 shots.
"We didn't really grasp it." said Tavares. "Sometimes we just have to make the plays a little quicker."
Steen gave the Blues a 3-2 lead at 4:32 of the third when he came in as a trailer on a rush fired a rebound past Halak.
Oshie scored from the bottom of the left circle off Patrik Berglund's pass from behind the net with 4:13 remaining.
Kyle Okposo lit the lamp for the Islanders 28 seconds after Paul Stastny's power-play goal made it 5-2 with 2:12 remaining, but an empty-net goal by Jaden Schwartz with 1:04 left sealed St. Louis' fifth straight win in the series.
Steen scored a power-play goal 5:58 into the game. He beat Halak on a blast from the point after nice puck movement gave him plenty of room to wind up.
Barret Jackman gave St. Louis 2-0 with 5:42 remaining in the first period when he fired a slap shot off a pass from Steen past Halak's glove.
The Islanders battled back with two late goals in the middle stanza.
Tavares moved to the middle following a faceoff win and fired a wrist shot through Allen's five-hole with 3:57 remaining. Grabovski then beat the Blues to a loose puck after another faceoff and scored on a wrist shot from the slot with 5.3 seconds left.
Stastny has four goals in the last three games ... The Islanders have been outscored 20-6 during a four-game road skid in the series ... St. Louis improved to 10-1-1 in its last 12 home games ... Oshie has four goals and eight assists during a six-game point streak against the Islanders ... Blues defenseman Jay Bouwmeester (groin) was activated from injured reserve after missing eight games. Defenseman Carl Gunnarsson (concussion) was placed on IR to create room on the active roster for Bouwmeester.