OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — Alex Steen’s second-period goal stood up as the game-winner in the St. Louis Blues’ 3-2 victory over the Ottawa Senators on Saturday.
Maxim Lapierre and Vladimir Tarasenko also scored for the Blues (13-6-1), and Brian Elliott stopped 24 shots.
Ottawa got goals from Mika Zibanejad and Erik Karlsson. Robin Lehner, making his second consecutive start, stopped 30 shots.
The teams meet again Tuesday in St. Louis for the second and final time this season.
Ottawa (9-6-4) was only 3-7-2 in afternoon games last season, and the Senators repeated the trend against the Blues.
Trailing 3-2, the Senators started the third period on a power play, but were unable to capitalize. They were outshot 15-5 in the frame.
The teams exchanged goals in the second, but Lehner and Elliott stood out.
Elliott made a glove save against Colin Greening early in the period, and minutes later Lehner bailed out Karlsson following a giveaway that led to a point-blank chance for Tarasenko.
It was the second time in the game that Lehner covered after a giveaway by the captain.
St. Louis made it 3-1 at 12:45 when Steen tipped Jay Bouwmeester’s shot past Lehner.
The Senators cut the deficit to one on Karlsson’s power-play goal from the point with 4:39 left in the period.
Both teams had a solid first period when the Blues took a 2-1 lead.
St. Louis opened the scoring on its first shot when Maxim Lapierre got around Cody Ceci and went on to beat Lehner through the legs at 4:16.
Ottawa tied it with a power-play goal at 16:23 as Bobby Ryan came from behind the net and found Zibanejad in front for a shot that quickly beat Elliott.
Just 30 seconds later, St. Louis regained the lead as Jori Lehtera found Tarasenko alone for his team-leading 12th of the season.
NOTES: Senators D was scratched after taking part in warmups. He was replaced by Patrick Wiercioch. … D Marc Methot remained sidelined (back, indefinite). Erik Condra and Curtis Lazar were healthy scratches for Ottawa. … The Blues’ Joakim Lindstrom, Chris Porter and Chris Butler were healthy scratches.
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