Goals: Tarasenko (20), Pietrangelo (8), Schenn (18) and Steen (8)
My Thoughts on the game
- These past two games have reminded me a lot of how we were playing in the start of the season. When you put yourself in the opponents skates and think about how hard it would be to get the puck up the ice and find space with these guys swarming all over you and in your face constantly, you would have to be frustrated. That's Blues hockey. I love to watch it.
- Carter Hutton was in net again tonight. He is second only to Marc Andre Fleury in goals against average and save percentage, virtually in a dead heat for the league's best goalie.
- The first period was pretty even. Both teams had 7 shots on goal but the period ended scoreless.
- The 2nd period has been the nemesis of the Senators this season and tonight proved to be no different. The Blues scored 3 times in a 10 minute span.
- The first goal came on a shot from Robert Bortuzzo from the point that was deflected in front of the net by Tarasenko as the puck dropped straight down and between the legs of Ottawa goaltender, Craig Anderson.
- The second goal started when a puck flipped high into the neutral zone was batted down by Alex Pietrangelo. He got the puck back into the offensive zone where Sobotka sent a pass to Tage Thompson who 'one-timed' it on goal. Anderson saved it and controlled the puck, but chose to flip it out to his left into a space where Pietrangelo had moved in. Anderson was sprawled and trying to regroup but had left much of the net open and Petro's reaction was quicker than the netminder's and his shot found the back of the net for a 2-0 lead.
- Schenn scored the third goal, his 18th of the season. It was his first goal since Dec 20th, 11 games ago. Steen assisted on the play as Schenn's backhander caught Anderson a bit off guard.
- Ottawa's Bobby Ryan notched a goal :28 seconds later to cut the lead to 3-1, but it was too little too late.
- The Senators pulled their goalie late but could not capitalize. Steen got an empty net goal to seal the deal.
- The Blues outshot Ottawa 37-21 on the night.
- Ottawa is now 15-19-9 and will most likely miss the playoffs. It shows you how fast things can change as this was a team that took the defending and eventual Stanley Cup Champion Pittsburgh Penguins to double overtime of game 7 in the Eastern Conference finals one year ago.
- The Blues head home to Scottrade for a 4 game home stand beginning with Arizona Saturday night.