NHL Game Summary - St. Louis at Ottawa
(Thursday, January 21st)
Final Score: Ottawa 3, St. Louis 2
Ottawa, ON (Sports Network) - Chris Phillips' power-play goal midway through the third period -- one of three scored by the Senators -- proved to be the difference, as Ottawa defeated the St. Louis Blues, 3-2, at Scotiabank Place.
Peter Regin registered a goal and two assists for the Senators, who extended their winning streak to a season-high five games. The recent string of success comes after the club lost five in a row.
"We were on the other end of a bad streak, so it's nice to turn it around," Phillips said.
Milan Michalek scored in his return to the Ottawa lineup. He missed seven games with a concussion suffered in a 5-2 loss at Washington on January 7.
Daniel Alfredsson and Alex Kovalev both picked up two assists, while Ottawa goaltender Brian Elliott made 14 of his 27 saves in the third period.
Eric Brewer and Brad Boyes lit the lamp for St. Louis, which has lost two of three. Chris Mason stopped 27 shots in defeat.
"Obviously special teams are such a big part of the game and tonight they won that battle," said St. Louis forward Andy McDonald.
Trailing 2-0, Brewer halved the deficit on a redirection with 1:07 left in the second period. Boyes then scored on a backhander 30 seconds following the intermission.
Ottawa regained the lead when Phillips took a pass from Alfredsson and snapped a shot over the blocker of Mason and into the top left corner of the net with 9:31 remaining in regulation.
The Senators drew first blood on the power play. With veteran forward Keith Tkachuk in the penalty box for St. Louis, Kovalev fired a low wrister that deflected off the right skate of Regin and through the legs of Mason with 3:51 to go in the opening frame.
St. Louis' David Perron appeared to have tied the game as time expired, one- timing a Paul Kariya feed, but the official ruled the goal was scored after the first period had ended.
Michalek's wrister from the low slot made it 2-0 at the 11-minute mark of the middle stanza.
Kovalev skated in his 1,200 career NHL game...The Senators have won five in a row against the Blues...St. Louis has lost five straight in Ottawa, last winning on January 26, 2000...Both clubs are in action Saturday. The Blues return home to welcome Anaheim, while Ottawa travels to Boston.
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