NHL Game Summary - Ottawa at St. Louis
(Tuesday, March 20th)
Final Score: Ottawa 4, St. Louis 2
St. Louis, MO (Sports Network) - Chris Kelly's two goals were the difference as Ottawa topped St. Louis, 4-2, at Scottrade Center.
Antoine Vermette had a goal and two assists for the Senators, who have won five of seven. Chris Phillips added two assists and Mike Fisher also tallied for the victors.
Martin Gerber made 29 stops to earn his third win in his last four starts.
Barret Jackman and Brad Boyes scored for the Blues, who have lost six of eight.
Curtis Sanford stopped 19-of-22 shots in the loss.
With the game tied 2-2 early in the third period, Gerber appeared to keep the game tied when he dove across the crease and robbed Boyes from the left side with his glove before the puck crossed the goal line.
Upon review several minutes later, it was revealed that the puck did cross the line completely. Unfortunately for the Blues, since the review did not take place at the first stoppage of play following the shot, it could not legally be ruled a goal.
Ottawa then turned the tables with its second short-handed goal of the game from another 2-on-1 rush as Vermette finished off Kelly's pass at 4:26.
The Blues had another goal waved off due to a premature whistle with 2:18 left in regulation, drawing the ire of head coach Andy Murray and several players.
"The first one makes us more mad to not get a call in time, not to blow that horn," said Blues forward Doug Weight. "It shouldn't happen anywhere in the league. You have 25 cameras. Certain people have certain jobs. When a glaring empty net chance like that goes on, you rewind you push play and you get on the phone. It was disappointing."
The emotion of the blown calls did not translate into energy for St. Louis, and Kelly hit the clincher into an empty net with 17 seconds to go.
"It wasn't pretty that's for sure," said Gerber. "They really came after us in the last period and really the second half of the game. We couldn't get a gap between us and them. It was ugly but right now we have to care about the points."
The win puts Ottawa alone in fourth place in the Eastern Conference with 94 points. Pittsburgh, with 92 points, now sits in fifth place. The Senators also climbed within five points of first-place Buffalo in the Northeast Division.
The Blues struck for a 1-0 lead at 11:57 of the first when Jackman banked the puck off Gerber's shoulder and in from behind the goal line.
Kelly answered for Ottawa 6:29 into the second, and Fisher added a short- handed breakaway goal at 12:39 to give the Senators a 2-1 lead.
However, Boyes managed to get his stick on a loose puck and poke it just over the goal line before Gerber and a host of Sens players fell in the crease with 3:27 to go before the second intermission for a 2-2 tie.
The clubs had not met since February 10, 2004, a 3-1 Sens win in Ottawa...the last contest between the two in St. Louis was a 2-2 tie on December 5, 2002...Ottawa has scored 17 short-handed goals this season, tied with Montreal for tops in the NHL...Both teams went scoreless in 10 combined power-play chances.
03/21 00:05:36 ET