Steen rises Blues to 3-2 win over Senators

November 22, 2014 - photo frame

Clarke MacArthur had a elementary reason because a Ottawa Senators couldn’t erase a one-goal necessity opposite a St. Louis Blues in a third duration — pristine execution.

Alex Steen’s second-period idea stood adult as a game-winner in a Blues’ 3-2 feat over a Senators on Saturday.

“They’re creation hockey plays and we’re not,” MacArthur said. “We’re not creation good passes. They’re going tape-to-tape and relocating it, and we weren’t, so it’s tough to get momentum.

“It’s usually got to be crisper.”

Maxim Lapierre and Vladimir Tarasenko also scored for a Blues (13-6-1), and Brian Elliott stopped 24 shots.

“It was good for a boys to get a win,” brazen T.J. Oshie said. “It was good for us to get some goals for a goaltenders as they’ve been operative tough and personification superb all year/

“We haven’t been removing them as many goals as of late so it was good to get (Elliott) a win.”

Ottawa got goals from Mika Zibanejad and Erik Karlsson. Robin Lehner, creation his second uninterrupted start, stopped 30 shots.

Lehner could frequency be faulted for his effort, though a 23-year-old goalie believed he could have been better.

“First idea is tough when it comes right off a bat, and he non-stop me up. It’s something I’ve got to work on,” Lehner said. “I consider a tip on a third goal, too. It’s usually a automatic to start reaching with your hang to inhibit it into a dilemma and out of a rink, and he sloping it back.

“That things bugs me and I’ve got to work on it, though we felt like we came behind good in a third and had some good saves.”

The teams accommodate again Tuesday in St. Louis for a second and final time this season.

Ottawa (9-6-4) was usually 3-7-2 in afternoon games final season, and a Senators steady a trend opposite a Blues.

Karlsson laughed off that notion.

“It’s usually another stat to keep lane of,” he said. “We haven’t won a lot of afternoon games, we’re all wakeful of it, though it’s not something we unequivocally consider about. We can try to do opposite things, though we try all we can to win games.

“They’re a good team, and we’re going to remove sometimes.”

Trailing 3-2, a Senators started a third duration on a energy play, though were incompetent to capitalize. They were outshot 15-5 in a frame.

“They outplayed us in a third period, that was a usually thing that would be unsatisfactory in a game,” Senators manager Paul MacLean said. “I suspicion we were rival and played tough opposite a tough team.”

The teams exchanged goals in a second, though Lehner and Elliott stood out.

Elliott done a glove save opposite Colin Greening early in a period, and mins after Lehner bailed out Karlsson following a giveaway that led to a point-blank possibility for Tarasenko.

It was a second time in a diversion that Lehner lonesome after a giveaway by a captain.

St. Louis done it 3-1 during 12:45 when Steen sloping Jay Bouwmeester’s shot past Lehner.

The Senators cut a necessity to one on Karlsson’s power-play idea from a indicate with 4:39 left in a period.

“I didn’t see it entrance by all a bodies,” pronounced Elliott, who spent tools of 4 seasons with a Senators. “Those are tough ones to swallow, generally when you’re adult 3-1. That idea creates it a parsimonious game.

“We battled behind and kept things to a outward for many of a rest of a game. When you’re not going to a box, that helps, as well.”

Both teams had a plain initial duration when a Blues took a 2-1 lead.

St. Louis non-stop a scoring on a initial shot when Maxim Lapierre got around Cody Ceci and went on to kick Lehner by a legs during 4:16.

Ottawa tied it with a power-play idea during 16:23 as Bobby Ryan came from behind a net and found Zibanejad in front for a shot that fast kick Elliott.

Just 30 seconds later, St. Louis regained a lead as Jori Lehtera found Tarasenko alone for his team-leading 12th of a season.

NOTES: Senators D was scratched after holding partial in warmups. He was transposed by Patrick Wiercioch. … D Marc Methot remained sidelined (back, indefinite). Erik Condra and Curtis Lazar were healthy scratches for Ottawa. … The Blues’ Joakim Lindstrom, Chris Porter and Chris Butler were healthy scratches.

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