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Steen Undergoes Surgery on Shoulder

by St. Louis Blues / St. Louis Blues

ST. LOUIS - The St. Louis Blues announced Friday that forward Alexander Steen underwent successful surgery to repair his injured left shoulder.

Steen is expected to be sidelined four to six months.

Steen was originally injured on Feb. 20 in Arizona after being hit in the corner by Kevin Connauton. He played 2 minutes and 13 seconds before leaving the game with the injury. He missed 15 games before returning late in the regular season to help the Blues to playoff series victories against the Chicago Blackhawks and Dallas Stars, lifting the Blues to their first Conference Final since 2001.

"Alexander rehabbed and worked hard to get back and be a big part in the team's run to the Conference Final," Blues General Manager Doug Armstrong said. "Alexander is one of the most dedicated players in the NHL when it comes to fitness and we're thrilled things went well today."

The procedure was performed by Dr. Rick Wright and Dr. Matt Smith of Washington University Orthopedics.

Steen was originally acquired during the 2008-09 season along with Carlo Colaiacovo from Toronto in exchange for Lee Stempniak. Since then, he has become one of the top two-way forwards in the NHL.

At 5-on-5, Steen logs some of the NHL’s top minutes against the opposition’s top players, and has become one of the Blues' top penalty killers as well as quarterback on the power play. Steen is seven games shy of 500 as a Blue and just 54 games shy of 800 for his career.

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