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Steen double as Blues beat Islanders 6-3

December 12, 2014

ST. LOUIS (AP) — St. Louis’ Alexander Steen scored twice as the Blues won 6-3 on Thursday against the New York Islanders, who missed a chance to go top of the NHL’s Metropolitan Division.

The Blues remained a point behind Central Division leader Chicago, who made it eight straight wins with victory at Boston.

Elsewhere, San Jose continued its hot form by beating Minnesota, and Nashville won convincingly at slumping Arizona.

St. Louis’ win was closer than the scoreline implied, only taking the lead at 4:34 of the third period through Steen before T.J. Oshie and Paul Stastny added insurance goals at 15:47 and 17:48 to make it 5-2.

Kyle Okposo scored for New York to briefly threaten a rally, but Jaden Schwartz killed that off with an empty netter.

Chicago’s Ben Smith set up the Blackhawks’ first goal and scored their second to lead the visitors to a 3-2 win at Boston.

The Blackhawks lost captain and No. 2 scorer Jonathan Toews in the second period when Dennis Seidenberg hit him from behind and sent him face-first into the boards.

Reilly Smith and Torey Klug scored for Boston, who regained captain Zdeno Chara after seven weeks out with a torn knee ligament.

Klas Dahlbeck and Patrick Kane also scored for Chicago, which held on after leading 3-0.

San Jose’s Joe Pavelski scored the tiebreaking goal early in the third period to give the Sharks a 2-1 win against Minnesota.

Alex Stalock made 18 saves while Brent Burns also scored for the Sharks, who have won five straight at home after a slow start.

Minnesota’s Christian Folin scored his first career goal to tie the game just 45 seconds before Pavelski’s goal, and the Wild lost for the 10th time in 11 games in San Jose.

Nashville sent Arizona to its eighth-straight home loss, with James Neal having a goal and an assist in the 5-1 victory.

Pekka Rinne stopped 31 shots and Mike Fisher, Ryan Ellis, Calle Jarnkrok and Olli Jokinen also scored for the Predators.

Antoine Vermette’s goal early in the first period was the only blemish for Rinne, who notched a league-leading 19th win.

Arizona’s home losing skid is its longest since the team moved from Winnipeg in 1996.

Los Angeles’ Trevor Lewis scored at 4:02 of the third period to give the Kings a 5-3 win over Ottawa in Dave Cameron’s first game as Senators head coach.

Matt Greene, Justin Williams, Anze Kopitar and Tanner Pearson also scored for the Kings.

Bobby Ryan, Mark Stone and Jared Cowen scored for the Senators.

Colorado’s Matt Duchene had a goal and an assist in regulation and scored the decisive goal in the shootout to lead the Avalanches to a 4-3 victory over Winnipeg.

Buffalo’s Matt Moulson scored twice as the Sabres edged Calgary 4-3.

Tampa Bay’s Nikita Kucherov scored a pair of goals in the third period — including the winner with 30 seconds left — to give the Lightning a 2-1 win against Carolina.

Columbus extended its winning streak to five by beating Washington 3-2, with Nick Foligno scoring the power-play winner in overtime.

Philadelphia’s Matt Read and Sean Couturier each had a goal and an assist as the Flyers downed New Jersey 4-1.

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