GAME: St. Louis Blues (26-20-7-1) at Ottawa Senators (28-15-7-4).
TIME: Tuesday, 7:30 p.m. EST.
The St. Louis Blues put an end to a frustrating winless streak in their last
game before the All-Star break.
Now, they will look to inch their way back up the Western Conference
standings as they start their stretch run toward the playoffs against the
The Blues beat Calgary 2-1 on Thursday to snap an eight-game winless streak
Keith Tkachuk and Scott Mellanby scored for the Blues.
"It's been a difficult stretch for us, and just to get the two points, it's
exciting right now, as we needed it bad," said Tkachuk, who assisted on
Mellanby's game-winner. "These are the only games we can try to win, the 2-1s.
If we try to run-and-gun, we have a difficult time winning."
St. Louis, which allowed just 20 shots Thursday, entered the break tied with
Los Angeles, Nashville and Calgary for sixth place in the conference.
"That's the way we're going to have to play, we have to win the way we won
tonight," Mellanby said. "Five-on-five we did a good job detailwise, and
that's the bottom line, trying to execute our system. Earlier in the season
when we were having success, we were winning those low-scoring games."
Goalie Chris Osgood, who had just one win in his previous 15 decision
(1-10-4), stopped 19 shots for the Blues.
The Senators are coming in off Thursday's heartbreaking 5-4 overtime loss to
Toronto - their third straight defeat and fourth in five games (1-3-0-1).
Daniel Alfredsson, Martin Havlat, Brian Pothier and Josh Langfeld all scored
to give Ottawa a 4-0 lead, but the Senators allowed three goals in the second
period and one in the third before Owen Nolan won it for the Leafs in the extra
Leading scorer Marian Hossa left the game after being hit in the face with a
puck, and Chris Neil and Karel Rachunek left because of a flu bug that also
affected several other teammates.
"That's no excuse," Alfredsson said. "We went out there to try and keep
it simple, but you could see at the end they had a lot more energy.
"It's really frustrating."