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Blues Vs. Senators Recap: OttawA for effort

The Sens gave the Blues all they could handle, but four third period goals propelled the Champs to the win.

NHL: St. Louis Blues at Ottawa Senators Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY Sports

Blues Lineup:

Jaden Schwartz - Brayden Schenn - Vladimir Tarasenko

Sammy Blais - Ryan O’Reilly - David Perron

Zach Sanford - Tyler Bozak - Robby Fabbri

Ivan Barbashev - Oskar Sundqvist - Alexander Steen

D-Pairs

Justin Faulk - Alex Pietrangelo

Jay Bouwmeester - Colton Parayko

Vince Dunn - Robert Bortuzzo

Goaltender

Jake Allen

Game Highlights:

First Period -

The Sens got on the board first in this one. Jake Allen went behind the net to play the puck. The puck had other ideas as it looked to bounce over Allen’s stick and on around the boards. Scott Sabourin was there to pick up the loose puck and pass it over to Vitaly Abramov. Abramov tucks the puck into the net and scored his first NHL goal.

With under a minute to go, the Sens scored their second goal of the period. Connor Brown found Artem Anisimov in the middle of the ice. Anisimov riffled the shot on net, and Allen was unable to stop the rocket off Anisimov’s stick. 2-0 after one. Shots on goal were 8-8.

Second Period -

The Blues finally found the back of the net in the second. David Perron scored his 200th NHL goal while the Blues were on the power play. Ryan O’Reilly rimmed the puck around to an open Perron. Perron skated towards the net made a nifty little move and beat Anders Nilson to pull the Blues within one.

Moments later, Oskar Sundqvist tied the game at two. Ivan Barbashev won the initial draw, but then there was a scrum for the puck. Sundqvist found the loose puck and just wristed a shot past Nilsson and the Blues were right back in it.

Someone was able to score on the Blues power play again, but this time it wasn’t the Blues. Chris Tierney batted the puck away from Justin Faulk and skated up ice. Alex Pietrangelo caught him, but couldn’t stop him and neither did Allen. Short handed goal gave the Sens a 3-2 lead.

Shots on goal for the period were 14-12 in favor of the Blues.

Third Period -

Jay Bouwmeester tied the game at three on a one timer? Yes, that Jay Bouwmeester scored a goal on a one timer. It probably helped him that there was a traffic jam in front of the net. In any event it was a 3-3 hockey game. Seems the highlight guys were so surprised by it, even they didn’t capture the goal as it happened. Oops.

Brayden Schenn scored his third goal of the year thanks in part to an Ottawa turnover. Schenn skated up ice as part of a two on one. Schenn elected to keep the puck himself. He made the right choice as he scored his third goal in three games. Blues take the lead 4-3.

With under 6 to go in the game, Anthony Duclair tied the game at four. Bobby Ryan forced the puck away from Justin Faulk. Ryan found Duclair who was able to be Allen with a wrist shot.

Less than a minute later, the Blues retook the lead. This time it was for good. David Perron scored his second goal of the night off of the post. Jake Allen made a great play to get the puck out of his end. Then Tyler Bozak made a great backhanded pass to Perron. Perron shot the puck on net, the puck hit the post and went in. 5-4 Blues.

Tyler Bozak made a great effort to help seal this one. First he won the faceoff and then got the puck up ice. He found O’Reilly who scored the empty net goal to seal this one for the good guys.

The Senators gave the Blues all they could handle, but in the end the Champs move to 3-0-1 on the year. Next up for the Blues Montreal tomorrow night.

Goals:

STL - Perron (2,3) Sundqvist (2), Bouwmeester (1), Schenn (3), O’Reilly (1)

OTT- Abramov (1), Anisimov (1), Tierney (1), Duclair (1)

From The Twit Machine:

Looks like the Blues weren’t just rep’d in Canada last night...

Yikes.

Any Blues Stanley Cup vids are the best and you can’t change my mind.

For all the hate Allen gets, there’s this.

Is that good?

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