Stone, Hoffman lead Sens past Blues
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[January 18, 2017]
ST. LOUIS -- Mark Stone expected
the Ottawa Senators would need a couple of lucky bounces if they
were going to defeat the St. Louis Blues on the road Tuesday night.
One of those bounces left the puck on his stick early in the third
period, and he was able to score a tiebreaking goal which sent the
Senators to a 6-4 victory.
"It was a good bounce for me," Stone said, "especially after a shift
after they scored. We put on some good pressure and got a few
chances. When you pressure any team, obviously, they're going to be
loose pucks and I got it there and fired it in.
"When you get to play the premier teams, they've been good for the
last 5 or 6 years, and any chance we get to come in here we know
that they're going to push. They have a good home ice record usually
so when we come here we know we're in for a battle and it's an
opportunity that we love."
Stone's goal wiped out a rally by the Blues, who had come back from
a 3-1 deficit on a goal by Kevin Shattenkirk with 46 seconds left in
the second period and a power-play goal by Alexander Steen 1:35 into
the third period, but all that momentum evaporated just one minute
A turnover by Jaden Schwartz set up Stone for the first of his two
goals on the night, including a late empty-netter. Mike Hoffman also
scored twice for the Senators.
"The fourth goal was a killer," said Blues coach Ken Hitchcock.
"Turn it over and that's the game. To come back and make it 3-3 and
have the momentum and give it back that quickly is disappointing.
This is a frustrating loss, to come all the way back and give it
away like that."
Schwartz was not made available to the media after the game, but
teammate Kevin Shattenkirk said it was just a bad break which
happened to go Ottawa's way.
"He's looking for the right play," Shattenkirk said. "The play is to
hit the weak side d-man coming up on the far side and it hits a
stick. We talk about execution a lot, what we all need to do. It
happened to be him tonight. It's a tough one."
The Blues also thought the Senators got a fortunate call earlier in
the game which resulted in a goal by Bobby Ryan. St. Louis goalie
Carter Hutton thought he had the puck frozen under his pad but the
referee did not blow his whistle and Ryan was able to poke it into
the net, giving the Senators the 3-1 lead.
The goal continued Ryan's scoring outburst against the Blues, giving
him 18 goals in 25 career games against the Blues, the most he has
scored against any team.
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Blues goalie Carter Hutton (40) defends the net against Ottawa
Senators right wing Mark Stone (61) during the second period at
Scottrade Center. The Senators won 6-4. Mandatory Credit: Jeff
Curry-USA TODAY Sports
That goal came just 1:25 after Hoffman scored his first goal of the
game, after another lucky bounce let the puck get to him alone at
the side of the net.
"I'm just kind of sitting in that spot if the puck gets over to me,"
Hoffman said. "It wasn't much their goalie or their 'D.' It was just
a lucky bounce that landed on my stick."
Hoffman added his second goal of the game at 13:53 of the third
period, extending the Senators' lead to 5-3.
"I saw a lot of good things and it's on the road in a tough building
against a good team and a big team," said Ottawa coach Guy Boucher.
"It was a good bounce back after they got a late goal in the second
on a power play and I thought it was a real character goal from
The two teams traded goals in the opening period, with Jean-Gabriel
Pageau scoring for the Senators and Paul Stastny scoring for the
Blues. Patrik Berglund also scored for the Blues with just 48
seconds left in the game.
NOTES: D Brad Hunt was claimed by Nashville on Tuesday, the second
player the Blues have lost through a waiver claim this month. Hunt
had to clear waivers before St. Louis could return him to its
American Hockey League affiliate. Hunt had one goal and three
assists in nine games for the Blues. Earlier, St. Louis lost RW Ty
Rattie to Carolina. ... Blues LW Scottie Upshall was made a healthy
scratch for the second consecutive game. ... The Senators had hoped
LW Clarke MacArthur would be able to join them on their current
three-game trip, but he was left in Ottawa for more tests as he
tries to recover from post-concussion syndrome. MacArthur has yet to
play this season. ... The Senators play at Columbus on Thursday
night while the Blues will host the Washington Capitals.
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