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

Anderson.

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

four minutes.

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

this.”

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

game.

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.