Senators Lose 3-1 to Blues

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http://video.thescore.com/watch/stl-3-ott-1

The Senators came into this game having lost 6 in a row, falling all the way down to the 8th playoff position in the Eastern Conference during that span.  If that motivation wasn’t enough, they were playing a former teammate in Brian Elliott, who was traded at last year’s deadline for Craig Anderson.  The Senators needed a win, not only for the valuable 2 points, but to regain the confidence they once had when they were the hottest team in the league.

It didn’t take that long for it all to come crashing down.  At just 1:37 of the first, Matt Carkner backhanded the puck behind his own net in hopes of hitting his defence partner.  Unfortunately for him, it scooted by Chris Phillips and went right to Roman Polak.  Polak’s shot towards the net would then be tipped by Chris Porter and it was 1-0 Blues.  That was followed by David Perron shooting it on net, beating everyone to the rebound and deking around Craig Anderson to make it 2-0 with less than 4 minutes gone in the game.  Coach MacLean had seen enough and pulled Anderson in favour of Alex Auld after allowing the 2 goals on just 4 shots. 

The Senators opened the second period by capitalizing on a power-play.  Sergei Gonchar’s snapshot banked off Daniel Alfredsson’s skate and through Brian Elliott’s pads to close the gap to 1.  But just under 6 minutes later, the Blues answered when David Backes forced a turnover and sent David Perron in on Auld with a Senators defenceman draped all over him.  It didn’t matter as Perron would backhand it top shelf and the Blues were once again up by 2.

This time though, a third period comeback was not in the cards.  The Blues bared down and kept the Senators from getting any quality shots, sending Ottawa to their 7th straight loss.  Brian Elliott made 28 saves in his return to the nation’s capital, while David Perron scored his 5th & 6th goals of the season.  The Senators outshot the Blues 29-18 but were once again held to 1 goal or less for the third straight game. 

It was the Blues first win in Ottawa since January 26, 2000.

Brian Elliott on getting the win against his former mates…

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Find out more at www.NHL.com and www.StLouisBlues.com

Paul MacLean, Erik Karlsson & Nick Foligno on yet another disappointing loss.

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Find out more at www.NHL.com and www.OttawaSenators.com

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