St. Louis, MO (SportsNetwork.com) – Alex Chiasson’s goal with 41 seconds left
in the third period tied the game, and Bobby Ryan was the only player to score
in the shootout of Ottawa’s 3-2 win over St. Louis.
Senators goalie Robin Lehner made 27 saves in the win. Blues goalie Brian
Elliott made 16 saves on 16 shots before leaving with a lower body injury, and
he was relieved by Jake Allen, who made 15 saves on 17 shots.
Ian Cole and Erik Condra scored their first goals of the season for St. Louis
and Ottawa, respectively, and Alexander Steen scored a Blues power play goal
in the second period.
Late in the second period, the puck remained loose in the crease after a Chris
Neil shot, and as players from both teams converged, the Senators eventually
forced the puck across the goal line.
The play was reviewed, and the initial no goal call on the ice stood due to
incidental goaltender interference.
That incidental interference also knocked Elliott out of the game. He was slow
to get up with the traffic around the net, and after a brief stoppage, Allen
entered the game as Elliott skated to the locker room.
Allen was not tested with a shot on goal that period, but Ottawa turned the
pressure up in the final period. With a little more than 12 minutes remaining,
Eric Gryba’s wrist shot from the blue line was deflected past Allen by Condra
positioned in front of the net.
At the 19:19 mark, Ottawa’s luck in crease scrambles changed. Allen did not
cover the puck, and Chiasson put it in the back of the net to tie the game
with seconds remaining for his sixth goal of the season.
The game went to a shootout after both goaltenders made tough saves in end-to-
end overtime action.
The Blues thought they took a first period 1-0 lead on the power play courtesy
of Jaden Schwartz, but the official signaled no goal because Jori Lehtera made
contact with Lehner.
On the other side of the ice, Condra followed up a short-handed shot
against Elliott and jammed the loose puck through, but this goal was
also denied. This time, the official blew the whistle before the goal because
he lost sight of the puck underneath Elliott.
With less than six minutes remaining in the first, Cole scored his first goal
of the season when he fired a rolling puck toward the goal. It knuckled high
in the air and got past Lehner for the 1-0 lead.
In a 4-on-3 situation in the second period, the Blues extended their lead.
Ottawa’s defense did not pick up Steen trailing the play, and Paul Stastny
connected with him on a cross-ice pass. Steen’s wrist shot beat Lehner’s glove
for his fifth goal of the year.
Ottawa won the second game of a back-to-back for the first time this season
(1-2-0) … Kyle Turris reached 200 consecutive games played for Ottawa …
Milan Michalek and Mika Zibanejad were healthy scratches after playing in
Ottawa’s first 20 games.