Blues upend Senators 3-1

OTTAWA (AP) — 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.