ST. LOUIS (NHL.com) - Alexander Steen may want to renegotiate the three-year contract extension he signed with the St. Louis Blues on Thursday.
Steen scored two more goals to help the Blues to a 5-1 win against the Montreal Canadiens.
They increased his team-leading total to 24, tying a career high and second to Washington Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin's 28 for the NHL lead, and the Blues snapped a two-game winless streak.
Earlier Thursday, Steen put the finishing touches on a $17.4 million contract which will keep him with the Blues through the 2016-17 season. He went out and led St. Louis (23-7-4) to victory without forwards David Backes and Vladimir Sobotka, who each have an upper-body injury.
The Blues are 48-0-1 in the past 49 home games when they've scored three goals or more.
Chris Stewart scored his fifth goal in five games, Jaden Schwartz scored in his return to the lineup, and Maxim Lapierre had the final goal for the Blues. Jaroslav Halak was able to beat the team that drafted him in 2003 for the fourth time in as many starts, stopping 25 shots.
Steen put the Blues on top 1-0 with a shorthanded goal when he took a T.J. Oshie pass off a 3-on-1 break and beat Price high stick side 4:20 into the game.
Steen struck again in the first period, this time coming out of the box. He took Derek Roy's drop pass and used Canadiens defenseman Alexei Emelin as a screen to beat Price high short side at 7:55 for a 2-0 lead.
Stewart put the Blues on top 3-0 in the first period, at 13:33 off Brenden Morrow's 300th career assist. Morrow fed Stewart in the slot from behind the net for a one-timer from the right circle.
The Blues were able to put their first period woes behind them for one night, a sore spot in recent games.
The Canadiens scored in the second period on Gallagher's 10th of the season, first in 12 games. He batted in a puck from in close past Halak when David Desharnais got the puck to the net at 12:51.
Schwartz, who missed the past two games with an upper-body injury, took Oshie's pass and snapped a shot from the top of the right circle over Price's stick hand 12:21 into the third period to give the Blues a 4-1 lead. Schwartz has 13 points in 13 games, and Oshie's second assist of the game snapped a streak of four games without a point.
Lapierre scored his first goal in 18 games, against the team that chose him in the second round of the 2003 NHL Draft, with 2:27 remaining on a slap shot from the slot to make it 5-1.