Alexander The Great

Monday, 10.28.2013 / 10:24 AM
Chris Pinkert  - St. Louis Blues

Alexander Steen is earning a new nickname: "Alexander The Great."

Steen is the first NHL player to score 10 or more goals in his team's first nine games since Buffalo's Chris Drury and Atlanta's Marian Hossa did it in the 2006-07 season.

With 10 goals, he also finds himself tied for the League-lead with Washington Capitals star Alexander Ovechkin. As of Oct. 28, Steen has played two less games.

After his two-goal performance in Saturday's 6-1 win in Nashville, Steen played it cool with reporters.

"It's only nine games," he said. "(Ovechkin's) been doing it for years. I've been doing it for nine games."

No-big-deal it all you want, Steener, but this red-hot start isn't something Blues fans see every day. In fact, the last time a Blues player reached double-digits in goals in the team's first nine games of the season was back in 2000-01, when Scott Young did it.

Steen is off to the second-fastest start in Blues history, tying Brett Hull with 10 goals in nine games (Hull did it twice, in 1989-90 and 1990-91). The franchise record is held by Brian Sutter, who scored 10 times in the Blues' first eight games to start the 1978-79 season.

Steen currently leads the team in points with 15 (10 goals, five assists). He is the first Blue since Kevin Miller in 1993 to reach at least 15 points in the first nine games of a season.

So sit back and enjoy, Blues fans. You're witnessing history.

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