The Blues player formerly known as Alex Steen put out the word last season that he preferred to go by “Alexander” moving forward.
After Saturday’s performance one might add “The Great.”

The attention-deflecting Steen certainly wouldn’t approve of that distinction but after a four-point night in the Blues’ 5-3 victory over the New York Rangers it’s becoming more fitting. He had a hand in four of the team’s five goals with one goal and three assists.

“Well I think that nickname is already taken so we’ll find something else for him” Blues forward T.J. Oshie said. “But he’s a great player.”

The Blues who got two goals from captain David Backes are 4-0 for the first time in franchise history and will have a chance to sweep their season-opening five-game homestand when they face San Jose on Tuesday at Scottrade Center.

The Blues who averaged 2.58 goals per game in 2012-13 have netted at least three goals in each of their first four games this season. They have four or more in three of them.

The club needed each one of them Saturday as New York pulled to within 4-3 when Rangers captain Ryan Callahan scored the second of his goals with 17 minutes 7 seconds remaining in regulation.

But Vladimir Tarasenko added a power-play goal to regain the two-goal advantage with 9:18 to play and the Blues finished with some shut-down defense and goaltending.

After the game Blues coach Ken Hitchcock said that “4-0 is great but this was not our game today. I’m not complaining. The way we gathered it in was great (but) we need to include more players. We’re a team when we keep it 5 on 5 and 5 on 4 we’re really good. So we’ve got to find a way to include more guys and the way to include more guys is to keep it more 5 on 5.

“You saw what we did the last 12 minutes — that’s who we are. That’s the way we play defense. And when we play like that we’re awesome. I really like the way we gathered it in.”

The Blues have scored 19 goals this season with 12 coming 5 on 5. They have allowed seven this season with three happening 5 on 5.

Jaroslav Halak finished with 26 saves to pick up his fourth victory of the season after having only six wins last season.

The Blues provided Halak with the team’s best start in their four games this season outshooting New York 9-1 to start the game.

The shot that counted belonged to Steen handing the Blues a 1-0 lead just 5:38 into the game. Linemate Oshie fired a shot on net and after a stop by Rangers’ starter Martin Biron Steen hammered home the rebound for his fourth goal of the season. He now has a goal in each game.

But Steen wasn’t done.

The Rangers tied the game after going on a 5-on-3 power play when Oshie (boarding) and Barret Jackman (charging) were placed in the box. Callahan’s first goal of the game which came with one second left in Oshie’s penalty knotted the score 1-1 with only five seconds left in the period.