NHL Game Summary - Ottawa at St. Louis|
(Tuesday, February 4th)
Final Score: Ottawa 5, St. Louis 4 (SO)
St. Louis, MO (SportsNetwork.com) - Kyle Turris delivered the deciding goal in
the fifth round of the shootout to give the Ottawa Senators a 5-4 come-from-
behind win over the St. Louis Blues at Scottrade Center.
The Senators trailed 3-1 after two periods before moving in front on goals by
Milan Michalek, Turris and Jason Spezza in succession during the third. Spezza
added a pair of assists and Erik Karlsson scored once while assisting on
another to help Ottawa salvage the finale of a three-game road trip that began
with back-to-back defeats.
Robin Lehner came up with 46 saves to aid the Senators' cause.
T.J. Oshie had a goal and an assist for St. Louis, which also received markers
from Brenden Morrow, David Backes and Jordan Leopold. Jaroslav Halak stopped
27 shots in the setback.
"The boys played hard tonight against a hard-working team," Oshie said. "We
want the two points but we'll take the one point and focus on Thursday."
Ottawa erased its two-goal deficit by scoring three times within a two-minute,
35-second span in the third period, though its lead was later erased when
Lehner couldn't corral a bad-angle shot from Leopold that trickled over the
line for a 4-4 tie with 8:52 left.
The Senators were able to force the shootout by killing off a pair of late
penalties, however, including a hooking call to Clarke MacArthur with under a
minute remaining in overtime.
Stephane Da Costa later extended the game further by sneaking a shot under
Halak's right pad in the third round of the deciding phase, with the score
evening the shootout at 2-2. Lehner then stoned the next two St. Louis skaters
before Turris ended it with a quick wrister that beat Halak to the stick side.
"To have the response we did in the third, to come out and not only tie it up
but get the lead and force it to go into overtime, to get the two points like
we did in a tough building to play in against a very good team is huge,"
Spezza led the Senators' rally by having a hand in two of the three third-
period goals, first feeding Michalek for a scorching wrister over Halak's
glove during a 3-on-2 rush 5:52 into the third and later potting the go-ahead
marker at 8:27. After Marc Methot kept the puck into the St. Louis zone,
Spezza successfully used a Blues defender as a screen and ripped a blast into
the top-right corner of the net for a 4-3 Senators' edge.
In between, Turris' centering attempt from the left corner caromed off the
Blues' Jay Bouwmeester's skate and snuck past Halak to tie the score with
12:58 to go.
The Blues carried a 1-0 lead after one period behind 13 saves from Halak and a
goal from Morrow, who tapped in a Patrik Berglund feed while crashing the net
with 5:52 to play in the frame.
Ottawa drew even on a spectacular connection between Spezza and Karlsson with
5:10 remaining in the second. The Sens' captain spun around and fired a
backhand cross-ice give that the star defenseman one-timed home in a single
The stalemate lasted all of 19 seconds, though. St. Louis' Magnus Paajarvi
rushed down the left wing shortly after the ensuing faceoff and got off an
attempt that Lehner kicked away, but Oshie was all alone to deposit the
rebound up high to send the Blues back in front.
St. Louis, which peppered Lehner with 23 shots during the middle session,
increased the margin in the waning seconds of the period. A long drive by
Barret Jackman was blocked in front of the Ottawa net and went straight to
Jaden Schwartz, who threw across a pass that Backes fired into an opening 4.7
seconds prior to the second intermission.
The Blues lost for the first time in 19 home games (18-0-1) this season when
scoring three goals or more and fell for only the fourth time in 29 games
(25-0-4) when leading after two periods ... Schwartz finished with two assists
and Ottawa's Mika Zibanejad registered a pair of helpers as well ... Backes
now has a goal in three straight outings, while Morrow has three goals and
seven assists over an eight-game point streak against Ottawa ... The Senators
swept the season series, having posted a 3-2 overtime decision in Ottawa on
Dec. 16, and are 7-2-0 in their last nine meetings with the Blues.
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