In case you didn't read the headline, Alexander Steen can't stop scoring. He just can't. The St. Louis Blues have played 18 games this year. Steen has goals in 14 of those games. The Swedish winger scored his league-leading 17th goal Saturday night on home ice against the Carolina Hurricanes.
With the game knotted 2-2 in the third period, Steen caught the Hurricanes in a line change. You can't give the league's most prolific scorer that much time and space. So what did Steen do? He skated hard into the zone and froze Justin Peters with a subtle move before unleashing a quick wrist shot into the lower-left corner of the net. It held up as the game-winner as the Blues earned a 4-2 victory.
Steen is scoring goals on just under 27 percent of his shots this year, which of course is utterly ridiculous. Sure, it might be unsustainable and he'll eventually come back to earth, but that doesn't make what he's doing any less special. He has scored 26 percent of the goals the 13-2-3 Blues have this season. Additionally, in scoring the goal Saturday, Steen has had at least one point in 13 consecutive games.
What Steen has been able to do this year is nothing short of remarkable. The best thing about abnormal scoring stretches like the one he is on is that you never know when it will end. Seeing how long Steen can keep this up is all part of the fun at this point. With the way he's going now, it's hard to figure out when he'll cool.