Blues 3, Senators 1
Brian Elliott didn’t have the success he would have liked with
the Ottawa Senators.
On Tuesday, he was almost perfect against them.
David Perron scored twice and Elliott made 28 saves in his
regular-season return to Ottawa and the St. Louis Blues handed the
Senators their seventh straight loss, 3-1.
Elliott was traded to the Colorado Avalanche prior to last
season’s trade deadline for Senators’ No. 1 goalie Craig
He went 2-8-1 with the Avalanche before moving on to the Blues
in the offseason where he has a 16-5-2 record.
”You really want to get back in that winning feeling and doing
it here is obviously pretty big for me,” Elliott said.
”It’s pretty fun playing against some of your best friends over
there. They’re having a great year and we just wanted to come here
and get a road win. We haven’t been as good on the road, so coming
in here for kind of a homecoming meant a lot to me and the guys
played hard for me.”
Anderson was making his 18th straight start, but didn’t last
Chris Porter also scored for the Blues, who won for just the
second time in their past five games.
Daniel Alfredsson scored his 18th goal for Ottawa.
Anderson was replaced by Alex Auld after allowing two goals on
just four shots. Auld turned aside 13 of 14 shots.
”The biggest thing is to make sure we’re sticking together,”
Auld said. ”That’s what has gotten us through some tough times
this year is the fact that we are a close group and we have to make
sure that we are holding each other accountable and still having a
lot of fun in practice and I believe we’re going to get out of
The Blues entered the third period with a 3-1 lead after Perron
scored his second of the game at 6:35 of the second when he chopped
a backhand over the shoulder of Auld.
The goal restored a two-goal lead for the Blues after Alfredsson
scored on the power play just 56 seconds into the period.
Sergei Gonchar fired a shot that hit Alfredsson’s skate at the
side of the St. Louis goal, bounced off Elliott and went in.
The first period was much like the second as the Senators failed
to gain any big rewards for their efforts.
Despite outshooting and out chancing the Blues in the opening
period, Ottawa trailed 2-0 heading into the first break.
Porter opened the scoring with a redirect just 1:37 into the
Perron scored his first at 3:49 after picking up a rebound that
Anderson couldn’t control and scoring before the Senators’ goalie
could get back into position.
”I don’t think we were ready to play the game. You have to be
ready to start the game,” Ottawa coach Paul MacLean said.
”We made one execution error on the first goal obviously, and
on the second goal they just skated right through us so obviously
we weren’t prepared to play the game.”
Elliott kept Ottawa off the board with nine saves in the period,
including one off Colin Greening who took a pass in tight from
Jason Spezza on a 2-on-0 break.
”I think our team has come out of the break and stayed the same
while the league has gone to another level,” MacLean said.
”We may even have gone backward, but we certainly haven’t gone
to the same level as the rest of the league.”
The Senators host the Nashville Predators on Thursday. It will
also mark the return of Mike Fisher to Ottawa for the first time
since he was traded to Nashville.
Notes: Senators defenseman Chris Phillips played his 999th game,
all with Ottawa. … Milan Michalek is halfway there as he played
his 500th game Tuesday, and 183rd with Ottawa. … The Blues are
10-0-2 against the Eastern Conference this season. … The win was
the first for St. Louis in Ottawa since Jan. 26, 2000.