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