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Steen interviewed by Blues superfan Laila Anderson after Game 6 win

Forward leaps bar counter to meet with girl after clinching first Cup Final berth since 1970

by Pat Pickens @Pat_Pickens / NHL.com Staff Writer

There was one specific interview St. Louis Blues forward Alexander Steen couldn't wait to get to on Tuesday.

Laila Anderson, the St. Louis Blues superfan who struggles with a rare disease called hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis, spoke with the forward while taking her turn as an correspondent on NBC Sports Network after Steen and the Blues advanced to the Stanley Cup Final with a 5-1 win against the San Jose Sharks in Game 6 of the Western Conference Final.

Tweet from @NHLonNBCSports: Hear from our guest correspondent Laila Anderson as she previews the #StanleyCup Final with the @StLouisBlues's Alexander Steen!Nice job, Laila! pic.twitter.com/BNKqFxIKIf

Steen was so excited to talk to Anderson that he leaped across a bar counter just to say hello, according to NHL Network. The 11-year-old fan has become an inspiration for the team.

Tweet from @AndrewABC17: Awesome moment: Pat Maroon meets with 11-year-old Laila Anderson after the Blues advanced to the Stanley Cup Final."You are our hero." pic.twitter.com/ZijEbXpYtc

"It's very special to do this in this town," Steen told Anderson on KSDK in St. Louis. "To have you here was a little extra special for that."

The Blues advanced to the Cup Final for the first time since 1970 and have never won a Cup Final game. But the Blues are feeling lucky with Anderson on their side.

"We've got you, our lucky charm there," Steen said.

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