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Stastny's hot start has Blues rolling

Blues forward ranks second in NHL in points

by Chris Pinkert / St. Louis Blues

Stastny off to a hot start

Stastny coming up big for Blues

Paul Stastny’s hot start has his linemates and coach raving about him in the early going

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VANCOUVER - With a win tonight in Vancouver (9 p.m. CT, FSMW, KMOX), the Blues could improve to 4-0-0 to start a season for just the second time in franchise history.

A big part of that success has been Blues forward Paul Stastny, who has six points (two goals, four assists) in the Blues first three games. It's his best start to a season since logging eight points in his first three games to start the 2007-08 season, a year in which he finished with 71 points.

Stastny's six points currently rank second overall in the League, trailing only Boston's Brad Marchand (seven points).

"It's not surprising to me. He's a very intelligent player, and that's why I love playing with him as much as I do," said linemate Alexander Steen. "We read the game the same way, it feels like we both spot open ice at the same time and we almost know what's about to happen. Playing with guys like that, as dedicated and well-prepared as he's been, it's been a pleasure to play with him."

"He's just playing his game," Robby Fabbri added. "He's so easy to play with and to read off of. He's always making something happen, whether's in the D-zone or the offensive zone. When you're playing alongside someone like that, they make it much easier on you."

With the injury to forward Jaden Schwartz - who won't play tonight but could return on this road trip - the Blues have needed Stastny's contributions more than ever, and he's delivered.

The 30-year-old forward scored the game-winning goal in the season opener in Chicago last week and assisted on Alex Pietrangelo's game-winning goal Saturday against the New York Rangers, so the points have been coming at critical times.

"He's competing like heck and he's playing a lot of minutes," Blues Head Coach Ken Hitchcock said. "The biggest thing is he has this senior leadership responsibility down to a real healthy dose of respect for everybody right now. He's really competing to show young guys the way to play. Him and Steen have really stepped up up front for us to take on an added responsibility based on who is out of the lineup right now.

"It's good to see."

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