ST. LOUIS - Alexander Steen played all but one game in the Stanley Cup Playoffs with a broken bone in his left foot.
Steen was injured in Game 1 vs. Minnesota and didn't practice throughout the playoffs because it was too difficult to even get his skate on. On gamedays, 30 minutes before warm-ups, Steen would meet with the team doctors and take shots to numb the pain and force his foot into his skate.
"I can tell you I sat in the coaches office with the trainer's room next door, and you could hear him writhing in pain to get himself ready to play," Blues Head Coach Mike Yeo said. "You feel really bad for him, but hats off to the guy as far as what he's given to the team… we didn't advance past the second round, but there was never a time where I felt guys weren't giving enough to each other or for the cause."
Already playing with injury, Steen then made a desperation shot block in Game 4 vs. Nashville. Roman Josi's slapshot drilled him in the same foot, causing a bone bruise severe enough to keep him out of the lineup in Game 5 - the only game he missed in the postseason.
Steen said Tuesday that he didn't think twice about making the physical sacrifices.
Video: Steen after the season
"It's playoff time. It's something that all the guys go through on both sides, both teams," Steen said. "We had some guys we felt like were in beast mode. (Robert Bortuzzo), I told him he was in beast mode all the time. He was sacrificing himself, throwing himself into shots. (Paul) Stastny comes back from a significant leg injury, (Scottie Upshall) has got to take a shot-blocking course this summer because he's throwing his face in front of some of them.
"It's just part of our identity as a team."
In 10 games, nine of which he played injured, Steen contributed three goals and four assists (seven points), which ranked second only to Jaden Schwartz in the postseason.
"It's a real good leadership message and a message to what we're trying to do as far as a culture here," Yeo said of Steen's heroics. "He's laying it on the line and sacrificing whatever he can for his teammates.
"That's what leadership is."
Video: STL@NSH, Gm4: Steen makes courageous block on slapper