Sam Steel

Sam Steel

Height/Weight: 5' 11"/189 lbs
Born: Ardrossan, Canada
Draft: 2016 1st round (30th pick) by the
Shoots: L
  • The Canadian Press

    Blues visit the Ducks after Sanford's 2-goal game

    St. Louis Blues (12-8-2, second in the West Division) vs. Anaheim Ducks (6-11-5, eighth in the West Division) Anaheim, California; Wednesday, 9:30 p.m. EST BOTTOM LINE: The Anaheim Ducks host St. Louis after Zach Sanford scored two goals in the Blues' 5-4 victory against the Ducks. The Ducks are 6-11-5 in division matchups. Anaheim is last in the NHL averaging only 5.4 points per game. Maxime Comtois leads them with 14 total points. The Blues are 12-8-2 against West Division opponents. St. Louis is ninth in the Nhl with 31.1 shots per game and is averaging 3.2 goals. The teams meet for the second game in a row. TOP PERFORMERS: Comtois leads the Ducks with eight goals, adding six assists and recording 14 points. Cam Fowler has one goal and seven assists over the last 10 games for Anaheim. Brayden Schenn leads the Blues with 10 goals and has 18 points. Sanford has five goals over the last 10 games for St. Louis. LAST 10 GAMES: Ducks: 2-6-2, averaging 2.2 goals, 3.8 assists, 3.5 penalties and 7.9 penalty minutes while giving up 3.1 goals per game with an .888 save percentage. Blues: 5-4-1, averaging 3.2 goals, 5.4 assists, three penalties and 6.5 penalty minutes while giving up three goals per game with an .896 save percentage. INJURIES: Ducks: Hampus Lindholm: day to day (undisclosed). Blues: Colton Parayko: out (upper body), Carl Gunnarsson: out for season (lower body), Jaden Schwartz: out (upper body), Robert Thomas: out (thumb). ___ The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by Data Skrive and data from Sportradar. The Associated Press

  • Sanford scores 2 goals, Blues hold off Ducks 5-4
    The Canadian Press

    Sanford scores 2 goals, Blues hold off Ducks 5-4

    ANAHEIM, Calif. — Dakota Joshua scored in his NHL debut and Zach Sanford got two goals in the St. Louis Blues' 5-4 victory over the Anaheim Ducks on Monday night. Ville Husso made 29 saves for St. Louis in the same arena where he earned his first career win on Jan. 31. Jordan Kyrou and David Perron also scored for the Blues, who won their second straight to open a seven-game road trip despite nearly blowing a three-goal lead in the third period. “You could say that maybe we backed off of them, but maybe they just played good and we found a way to win,” said Perron, who put the Blues ahead to stay early in the second period with his seventh goal of the season. “It wasn’t clean at all times, or pretty at all times, but we got the two points, and four out of four (on the trip).” Isac Lundeström scored three goals for the Ducks, whose winless skid stretched to a season-worst seven games. John Gibson stopped 30 shots, but Anaheim couldn't quite finish its comeback in a three-goal third period. “We played great hockey in the third period there,” said Lundeström, whose family was watching in the early-morning hours in Sweden. “We’ve just got to keep doing that for 60 minutes, keep the puck (and) get some shots on the net and crash the net.” Lundeström completed his first career hat trick and trimmed St. Louis' lead to 4-3 with 4:44 to play on a deflection of Kevin Shattenkirk's shot. Anaheim then had a 6-on-4 advantage in the waning minutes, but Sanford scored an empty-net goal from deep in St. Louis' end to complete his three-point night. Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf scored with 60 seconds to play, but Anaheim couldn't get the equalizer. JOSHUA'S START After taking his first pregame NHL warmup skate without a helmet because his teammates hid it, Joshua became the 17th player to score in his Blues debut. His shot hit Gibson’s blocker, but arced over the Ducks goalie and into the net during the second period. Joshua is a 24-year-old forward who was drafted by Toronto in 2014, but went to Ohio State. He was acquired by the Blues shortly after leaving college in 2019, and he got that unexpected callup from the AHL last weekend when Jacob De La Rose joined St. Louis’ lengthy injured list alongside Jaden Schwartz, Vladimir Tarasenko and others. “There’s a great group of guys in there, and I’m glad I could bring some excitement to them today,” Joshua said. “It all happened very fast, and obviously there’s been a couple of injury problems up here, so I can’t say I expected (the callup), but I’ve just been working hard and trying to be ready for this opportunity.” ISAC'S HATTY Lundeström, Anaheim's promising 21-year-old forward, put the Ducks ahead early in the first period with his third goal of the season on a clean shot off the rush. He scored on a wraparound early in the third period for his first career two-goal game. “I do give our guys credit, because they came out in the third and fought like hell, so that’s encouraging,” Anaheim coach Dallas Eakins said. “But for us to win, it’s got to be a full 60 minutes. Every moment is critical in those 60 minutes. We’ve got to understand that and keep getting better.” BIG NUMBERS St. Louis has won its three games at Honda Center this season by a combined 15-6. UP NEXT The teams meet again Wednesday in Anaheim. ___ More AP NHL: and Greg Beacham, The Associated Press