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“We had a couple good looks,” Rangers captain Ryan Callahan said, “a couple Grade-A chances there right in front. We just didn’t get one past them there.”

The Rangers outshot the Blues 28-18 through 40 minutes.

“They’re a team that if we would’ve taken off the gas for 60 seconds, it could’ve been 3-2 the other way in a heartbeat,” Backes said.

Steen gave the Blues a 1-0 lead with his 26th goal. A pass from Jaden Schwartz hit Steen’s right skate in front of the crease, caromed off Lundqvist’s stick and skate and trickled in at 8:38. The goal was briefly reviewed by video replay, and it was determined that the puck wasn’t kicked into the net.

It was the fifth straight goal allowed by the Rangers since they had a 3-1 lead over the Islanders in the second period on Tuesday in a 5-3 loss. A late power-play goal was the winner in that one, too.

Steen struggled to get to the bench after going hard into the boards in the second, but he was back soon after on the power play. He skated off for good with 2:57 left in the period. Blues coach Ken Hitchcock said Steen is day to day.

NOTES: Nash has 21 goals and 40 points in 50 games versus the Blues. … Steen has 14 career points against the Rangers and 12 in the past seven games - including six goals. … Schwartz played in his 100th NHL game. … Blues C Maxim Lapierre was activated from the injured list after missing five games due to a lower body injury. … Newly acquired D Kevin Klein made his Rangers debut. … St. Louis C Derek Roy was a healthy scratch.