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St. Louis Blues 1, Ottawa Senators 3 FINAL

Tuesday, 08.16.2011 / 5:54 AM

Associated Press

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St. Louis Blues 1, Ottawa Senators 3 FINAL
St. Louis Blues 1, Ottawa Senators 3

OTTAWA (AP) _ Marian Hossa's acceleration leaves defenders in his wake, and his teammates watching in wonder.

Hossa scored two of Ottawa's three first-period goals, leading the Senators to a 3-1 victory Tuesday night over the St. Louis Blues.

Ottawa captain Daniel Alfredsson scored his 25th goal 1:34 in, and Josh Langfeld assisted on both of Hossa's goals later in the period _ including his second on a breakaway that put the Senators up 3-0 at 16:55.

``He just jumped off the bench _ he's standing still and he just takes off,'' Alfredsson said of Hossa. ``He's probably the quickest guy in the league, from standing still and just taking off. He's so explosive. He's fun to watch.''

The Senators, who had lost four of five, ended a season-high three-game losing streak.

``It was a really important win for us, especially after the All-Star break,'' Hossa said. ``The guy's are rested up and ready to go, and tonight we got a pretty good performance from everybody.''

Mike Danton scored midway through the third period for St. Louis, which ended an eight-game winless streak last Thursday with a 2-1 victory in Calgary. The Blues have just three points in their last 10 games (1-8-1).

Blues goalie Chris Osgood stopped just eight of the first 11 shots.

``They've got a really quick team, and they're one of the best _ if not the best offensive team in the league,'' Osgood said. ``I mean, we really played right into their hands, the way we started.''

Replaced by Reinhard Divis for the final 3:05 of the first period, Osgood returned for the second and stopped the final 20 shots to complete the game.

``I think we wanted to settle our team down and I liked how he responded in the last couple of periods,'' Blues coach Joel Quenneville said. ``He settled himself down and we were a little better in front of him _ not much, but his game was better the last couple of periods.''

Senators goalie Patrick Lalime made 22 saves as he recovered from a bad outing. He allowed five goals for the fourth time in six games last Thursday to blow a four-goal lead in a 5-4 overtime loss to Toronto.

``We came out pretty strong again, and this time we made sure they weren't going to get back in,'' Lalime said.

Alfredsson, who had two goals and one assist in Sunday's All-Star game, opened the scoring when he found the puck at his feet in a scramble in front of the net. With a little unwitting help from Osgood, who was trying to guide his defensemen, he swiped it into the left side of the goal.

``(Osgood) was screaming 'In your feet! In your feet!' And I looked down and it was right on my stick, and I was able to whack it and it hit the post and went in,'' Alfredsson said.

Hossa, who missed the All-Star game after he was struck on the visor by a puck against Toronto, made it 2-0. Hossa cut around Osgood across the goalmouth and used his reach to steer the puck past the goalie for his 24th goal.

He used his breakaway speed moments later to put Ottawa up by three. Hossa easily pulled away from defenseman Murray Baron to drive in and beat Osgood, tying Alfredsson for the team goal-scoring lead with 25.

Danton spoiled Lalime's shutout bid 9:21 into the third period when he redirected Bryce Salvador's shot for his seventh goal.

scoring summary
1st Period
01:34
OTT
Daniel Alfredsson (25) Wrist shot - ASST: Todd White (18), Karel Rachunek (14)
1 - 0 OTT
14:37
OTT
Marian Hossa (24) Wrist shot - ASST: Chris Phillips (13), Josh Langfeld (4)
2 - 0 OTT
16:55
OTT
Marian Hossa (25) Backhand shot - ASST: Josh Langfeld (5)
3 - 0 OTT
2nd Period
NONE
3rd Period
09:21
STL
Michael Danton (7) Tip-in - ASST: Bryce Salvador (2)
3 - 1 OTT
penalty summary
1st Period
NONE
2nd Period
05:54
OTT
Josh Langfeld  Holding against  Christian Backman
12:43
OTT
Marty Havlat  Slashing against  Scott Mellanby
15:15
OTT
Todd Simpson  Tripping against  Mark Rycroft
3rd Period
00:42
STL
Mark Rycroft  Hooking against  Daniel Alfredsson
01:12
STL
Christian Backman  Cross checking against  Marty Havlat
goalie stats
Chris Osgood
SA: 31TOI: 54:53
Saves: 28EV: 26 - 29
PIM: 0PP: 2 - 2
SV%: .903SH: 0 - 0
Reinhard Divis
SA: 0TOI: 3:05
Saves: 0EV: 0 - 0
PIM: 0PP: 0 - 0
SV%: SH: 0 - 0
Patrick Lalime
SA: 23TOI: 60:00
Saves: 22EV: 17 - 18
PIM: 0PP: 5 - 5
SV%: .957SH: 0 - 0