EDMONTON - It didnt take long for Alexander Steen to make the St. . Louis Blues investment in him pay off. Steen looks to set a new career high for goals in a season on Saturday night as the Blues visit the struggling Edmonton Oilers. The 29-year-old Steen officially signed a three-year contract extension on Thursday worth $17.4 million and went out that night and scored twice in a 5-1 win over the Montreal Canadiens. The extension was a no-brainer for the Blues as Steen leads the club with 24 goals, matching the previous career high he set over 68 games in 2009-10. The forward has 38 points in 34 games this season. Jaden Schwartz, Chris Stewart and Maxim Lapierre all scored for the Blues and Brenden Morrow tallied his 300th assist to help the Blues snap a two-game losing streak and improve to 4-1-1 in the last six games. T.J. Oshie added two assists and Jaroslav Halak came up with 25 saves. "We stuck with it and just played the way we should be playing, the way we were playing early in the season," said Steen. St. Louis, which played on Thursday without Vladimir Sobotka and David Backes due to upper-body injuries, is expected to give Brian Elliott his 10th start of the season tonight. He is 4-3-0 with a 3.05 goals against average in his career versus the Oilers. Edmonton is set to play two straight and three of its next four at home after going winless on a four-game road trip. The Oilers have lost a season high- tying five straight overall following a 4-2 setback to the Colorado Avalanche on Thursday. Taylor Hall and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins both finished with a goal and an assist for the Oilers, while Devan Dubnyk made 35 saves. Edmonton has been outscored 18-6 over its losing streak. "We played three good games on this trip. It was frustrating losing them, they were all close. We have to be the ones getting the empty-net goals, not them," said Nugent-Hopkins. Ilya Bryzgalov may get the start for the Oilers and is 6-9-1 with a 2.96 GAA in his career when facing the Blues. Also helping Bryzgalovs case is the fact that Dubnyk is 0-7-0 with a 4.72 GAA in his career versus St. Louis. Edmonton forward David Perron is set to play his former St. Louis club for the first time. He was a first-round pick by the Blues in 2007, taken 26th overall, and logged 84 goals, 114 assists and 198 points in 340 games before getting traded to the Oilers on July 10 for Magnus Paajarvi and a 2014 second- round pick. The Oilers had lost five straight to the Blues before notching a 3-0 victory in St. Louis on the most recent meeting on March 26. The Blues are still 11-2-1 in the past 14 in the series and have won two straight and five of their last seven in Edmonton. . Canadas Kaillie Humphries and Heather Moyse will reunite at this weekends season-opening World Cup at Canada Olympic Park as they begin their buildup to the Winter Games in Sochi. . The 23-year-old restricted free agent appeared in all 48 games last season, finishing second among all Sabres skaters with 15 goals and 34 points.LONDON -- Manchester United has brought the "Class of 92" back together. Renowned graduates of Uniteds most successful youth team have been put in control of a team in turmoil following the abrupt dismissal of David Moyes. A notable absentee is David Beckham, who has never expressed a desire for team management. If theres anyone who can unite what appears to be a disenchanted squad it is Ryan Giggs, assisted by retired former teammates Paul Scholes, Nicky Butt and Phil Neville. "It will certainly be a different atmosphere in training and at Old Trafford and the fans will buy into it," Eric Harrison, the youth team coach who developed the "Class of 92," said Wednesday. "As soon as Ryan walks out the tunnel, the place will erupt." Even though Giggs is the oldest of the quartet at 40, the clubs most decorated player is the only one to feature in teams of both Ferguson and Moyes, who was fired after just 10 months on Tuesday. "I think for togetherness and getting the results and playing a certain way, a brand of football that is more eye-catching, the Man United way, I feel that Ryan Giggs is the right person," former United teammate Dwight Yorke said. With United searching for a more experienced successor for Moyes, Giggs has just four games to prove that the same football nous that enabled him to outwit opponents on the pitch for so many years also extends to the dugout. "Youve got to be natural as much as you can as a manager, find your own style, not try and be somebody else," Giggs told The Guardian newspaper during a recent Football Association coaching course. While cutting his teeth in the youth team, the Welsh winger was seen as setting the highest standards by the teammates now on his coaching staff. "Ryan Giggs was probably the one I looked up to the most," Neville told the BBC as a "Class of 92" documentary was released last year. While Giggs is yet to comment since being appointed interim coach, Harrison said the Welshman was delighted with the chance to manage alongside his "musketeers." "I used to call him a football nut because he took everything on board," Harrison told Talk Sport radio. Giggs, Scholes, Butt and Neville made 2,453 appearances in total for United and were iinstrumental in the exceptional success under Alex Ferguson, who retired last year after 26 trophy-filled years in charge. . Scholes, whose retirement coincided with Fergusons, has returned to United to help out Giggs, while Butt had been coaching with Uniteds under-19 and under-21 teams, and Neville was already part of Moyes staff. Even if they dont stay on at United when an experienced successor is hired as Moyes full-time replacement in the summer, the quartet already have another football club to occupy themselves with. Along with another former teammate, Nevilles brother Gary, they are buying Salford City, a non-league club in the Manchester area. Gary Neville and Giggs have also gone into business together, opening the "Cafe Football" next to Londons Olympic Park and "Hotel Football" is under construction opposite Old Trafford. The next game at Uniteds ground is against Norwich on Saturday as the 20-time English champions look to complete their pitiful season with just pride intact. Not only did they fail to defend the Premier League trophy, but the team is unable to finish in the top four Champions League places, currently sitting in seventh place. Failure to qualify for Europes top club competition ultimately cost Moyes his job. The ousted manager broke his silence on Wednesday to accept that results "have not been what Manchester United and its fans are used to or expect." "I both understand and share their frustration," he said in a statement released by the League Managers Association. Moyes was
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15 août 2019
It didnt take long for Alexander
It didnt take long for Alexander