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Senators rally past Blues; goalie Elliott injured

by Louie Korac

ST. LOUIS -- One night after the Ottawa Senators fell short in their bid for a comeback victory, they rallied to defeat the St. Louis Blues.

The Senators got third-period goals from Erik Condra and Alex Chiasson, and Bobby Ryan scored in the third round of the shootout to give the Senators a come-from-behind 3-2 victory Tuesday against the Blues at Scottrade Center.

Ryan's was the only goal in the shootout. Robin Lehner stopped all three St. Louis shooters and made 27 saves in regulation and overtime to allow Ottawa (10-7-4) to cap a comeback from a 2-0 third-period deficit with a win.

"I thought it was very hard-fought, well-played game," Senators coach Paul MacLean said. "We battled through 1-0, 2-0, disallowed goals, some adversity to win in a shootout to a very good team in the Blues. It's a big win for our group and a real momentum-builder on this road trip. We found a way to win a game on the road in a tough building in a tough situation.

"I thought our competition level was higher at the start of the game and got higher as the game went on. I really liked the play of our goaltender and how he stayed in the game."

The Senators, in the second of a five-game trip, got a goal from Chiasson with 40.4 seconds remaining to tie the game after pulling Lehner for an extra attacker. Condra got the rally started with a redirection goal 7:55 into the period.

Ottawa lost 4-3 to the Detroit Red Wings on Monday; the Senators scored twice in the third period to shrink the three-goal deficit they faced after two.

"I think we came in after the second and really weren't down," Ryan said. "… Physically and emotionally, we were still invested in the game. Got the ugly one (from Condra) to start rolling, and after losing the way we did [Monday] night, this was a big one."

Ian Cole and Alexander Steen scored for the Blues (14-6-2), who lost starting goalie Brian Elliott to a lower-body injury in the second period.

With the Blues leading 2-0, Condra tumbled over Elliott, whose right leg appeared to buckle under him during a scramble for the puck in the Blues crease. After trying to skate it off under head athletic trainer Ray Barile's watchful eye, Elliott left the ice and threw his goalie stick while he was going down the tunnel.

Elliott, who stopped 16 shots, was replaced by Jake Allen with 6:02 left in the second. Allen and Elliott combined for 31 saves.

Blues coach Ken Hitchcock didn't seem optimistic when asked about Elliott.

"We'll let you know tomorrow," Hitchcock said. "Injuries are part of it. We'll see how long he's out for."

Ryan scored after Allen stopped Kyle Turris and Mike Hoffman in the shootout.

"Low glove side," Ryan said of the deciding goal. "I really tried to feather it in, didn't get as much on it as I would have liked, but maybe that was a benefit."

Lehner made stops against T.J. Oshie, Steen and Vladimir Tarasenko in the tiebreaker.

"They have fantastic players, they are very good," Lehner said. "You just have to be patient. It was nice."

Ottawa's Chris Neil appeared to score during the battle in the crease that left Elliott injured, but after video review, it was deemed no goal because Condra made incidental contact with Elliott prior to the puck going into the net.

Condra redirected Eric Gryba's wrist shot from the blue line top shelf past Allen to cut the Blues' lead in half at 2-1. Chiasson poked the puck past Allen to tie the game after Hoffman's shot from the blue line squirted through the Blues goalie's legs.

It took three pucks in the net for one to count Tuesday; two goals were waved off in the first period.

Cole gave the Blues a 1-0 lead with 5:37 remaining in the first period on his first goal since March 6 (30 games). His shot from the point got past Lehner after it hit off defenseman Erik Karlsson.

"Yeah, it is nice," Cole said of his first goal. "I tried shooting hard in the first part of the year, and it didn't go in, so I figured I'd try the change-up and it went in."

Jaden Schwartz's power-play bid went in with 12:16 remaining in the first period, but it was waved off after officials ruled Blues center Jori Lehtera had made contact with Lehner.

Moments later, Condra thought he scored a shorthanded goal with 10:34 left in the first, but officials whistled the play dead because they felt Elliott had the puck covered. Replays showed the puck had squirted behind Elliott, but it was out of sight for the referees.

The Blues added to their lead on Steen's power-play goal with 7:55 remaining in the second period. Paul Stastny's cross-ice feed enabled Steen to step into a wrist shot from the edge of the right circle that beat Lehner short side for his fifth goal.

The Blues were 1-for-6 on the power play, including two chances in the third period to ice the game.

"They picked up the pace and we went back and stopped playing," Steen said.

"Tonight's really disappointing," Hitchcock said. "The loss is one thing, but the way we played at times is disappointing. Attention to detail and focus. Coming back, we took a day off, get re-energized. I thought our focus was really inconsistent. Poor at times execution, not close to what we played on the road.

"We played really poor. We didn't play well at all. ... Our attention to detail has to change. You come back off the road, that's the risk you play with, but we really lacked detail in our game today, and that's what losing hockey is. When you don't have detail in your game, eventually you crack. Both goals, we didn't block shots, we didn't get in lanes. Both goals, we gave up easy entries ... you don't do that stuff if you're paying attention to detail. We had a chance to clear it in the last minute and we're fishing for it. You don't do that stuff."

Ryan had a chance to win it in overtime, but his shot hit the far post on a one-timer from the left circle.

Lehner stopped Lehtera's attempt on a wraparound moments after Ryan's shot.

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