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St. Louis Blues Lose Two-Goal Lead, Fall to Ottawa Senators in OT

The St. Louis Blues' struggles continued on Monday night with an overtime loss to the visiting Ottawa Senators.

ST. LOUIS — The St. Louis Blues had a two-goal lead in the second period against the visiting Ottawa Senators on Monday night but could not hold on to it. 

Instead, Bobby Ryan and the Senators roared back for a 3-2 overtime victory at Scottrade Center.

“We had a chance to bury them and we could have buried them a number of ways,” Blues coach Ken Hitchcock said. “We could have buried them offensively and we could have buried them defensively and we let them off the hook.”

Goals from Troy Brouwer and Kevin Shattenkirk gave St. Louis (23-14-5, 51 points) a 2-0 lead midway through the second period, but it couldn’t prevent the Blues from losing their third straight game and suffering their fourth defeat in five games. 

“Especially tonight, playing a team that played last night, we have to find a way to bury them,” Blues defenseman Alex Pietrangelo said. “We took our foot off the gas. It's unacceptable on our part. You've got a team 2-1 in the third period that played last night, we're fresh, we have to find a way to finish that. We have to put a foot down and bury them and not let them get back into it.”

Now St. Louis heads West for a three-game road trip against the Colorado Avalanche, Anaheim Ducks and Los Angeles Kings. 

“We've got a big weekend ahead of us,” Pietrangelo said. “This is going to be a good test for us. Losing a couple in a row, we're playing against three really good teams now.”

The Senators (19-15-6, 44 points) were coming off three consecutive losses and back-to-back shutouts against the Chicago Blackhawks and New Jersey Devils. 

The visitors got a goal from Mike Hoffman late in the second period and then two goals from Ryan, the tying tally early in the third period and then the game-winner in overtime. Andrew Hammond, the Sens’ backup goalie, made 36 saves.

“Huge win,” Senators coach Dave Cameron said. “Huge win. Falling behind 2-0, found a way to come back and got the win. Did a lot of good things in the first. Took our foot off the pedal a bit in the second. We’re real good, I thought, the first 10 minutes of the third. And the power play was huge.”

The Blues scored first, with 5:44 left in the first period, when Brouwer got past defenseman Patrick Wiercioch and beat Hammond glove side for his seventh goal of the season.

Shattenkirk made it 2-0 with a power-play goal at 7:42 into the second period, aided by a screen from David Backes in front. 

The Senators got a power-play goal from Hoffman, his 19th, with 1:14 remaining in the period. The goal, which was assisted by Ryan, came on a slap shot from the left circle that Brian Elliott slowed but couldn’t stop. 

Ryan tied it 5:01 into the third period with a power-play goal just 4 seconds after Jay Bouwmeester was called for tripping.

Ryan scored the game-winner 2:33 into overtime, assisted by Mark Stone and Chris Wideman. Ryan fell down in the offensive zone, got up, got the puck back, had a give-and-go exchange with Stone and then faked out Elliott for the goal. 

“That’s the old rope-a-dope,” Ryan said. “That’s exactly the way we drew it up — fall down, swipe at the puck, get it back somehow and when you get it across you’re going to get it back and it’s going to lay on your tape. So the rest of it’s pretty easy for me.”

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