Blues Top Blackhawks
St. Louis — 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.
Flames 3, Canadiens 2
Calgary, Alberta — Rookie forward Sean Monahan had a goal and an assist, and Joey MacDonald made 33 saves in the Flames’ win over Montreal.
Sven Baertschi and Curtis Glencross also scored for Calgary (2-0-2). The last time the Flames earned at least one point in their first four games was in 2009 when they had a 4-0 start.
Sharks’ Stuart Suspended
New York — San Jose Sharks defenseman Brad Stuart has been suspended for three games, without pay, by the NHL for an illegal check to the head of New York Rangers forward Rick Nash. Stuart was given a minor penalty for elbowing 2:32 into San Jose’s 9-2 win on Tuesday night. The league’s Department of Player Safety handed out a stiffer punishment Wednesday.
Stuart will lose $55,384.62 in salary that will go to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund, and will sit out at Vancouver tonight, a home game against Ottawa on Saturday, and at St. Louis on Tuesday. He is eligible to return at Dallas on Oct. 17.