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Struggling Blues aim for rare victory over Senators

Nov 19, 2010 - 4:24 PM (Sports Network) - The St. Louis Blues have fallen on hard times in recent weeks and, to make matters worse, tonight they will face a team that they haven't beaten in nine years.

The Blues enter tonight's home game against the Ottawa Senators with a five- game losing streak, as the club has gone 0-4-1 since winning seven straight games.

St. Louis is also 0-5-0 with a tie in its last six games against Ottawa and the Blues haven't defeated the Sens since posting a 4-2 home victory on November 27, 2001. Ottawa has two wins and a tie in three trips to Scottrade Center since that loss nine years ago.

Poor defensive play and shoddy goaltending has been a big reason the Blues have struggled in recent weeks. St. Louis has allowed 29 goals during its current slide and No. 1 goaltender Jaroslav Halak has surrendered 19 tallies on 95 shots over his last four starts.

St. Louis was tied with the Red Wings, 3-3, after two periods in Detroit on Wednesday, but the Blues allowed four goals over a span of 3:14 in the third period to lose the game, 7-3.

"Two and a half periods we played a really good game," said Blues defenseman Eric Brewer. "We had them on their heels, we had tons of opportunities."

Andy McDonald posted a goal and two assists for the Blues, while Halak was beaten seven times on 31 shots.

The first goal Halak gave up was memorable for all the wrong reasons, as the Blues goaltender whacked the puck into his own net while trying to send it safely into the corner. Drew Miller was awarded the goal for Detroit and it gave the Red Wings a 1-0 lead at 8:05 of the first period.

It's uncertain if Halak will get his third straight start tonight or if head coach Davis Payne will use backup Ty Conklin instead.

Wednesday's game ended a three-game road trip for St. Louis, which will be back in the Gateway City for two straight contests. The Blues, who are 6-0-1 as the host this year, will also welcome New Jersey tomorrow.

The Senators have lost their last two games in blowout fashion and will try to get back on track tonight. Ottawa had won five of six prior to a 5-1 decision Monday night in Philadelphia and the Senators responded with Wednesday's 7-1 in Carolina.

Ottawa has been playing under difficult circumstances since the club learned Saturday of the death of Daron Richardson, daughter of Senators assistant coach Luke Richardson.

Despite being in the midst of a four-game road trip, the Senators returned to Ottawa after the loss to Philly to be with Richardson and his family for Daron's memorial service on Wednesday morning. Because of the team's attendance at the service, Ottawa didn't arrive in Raleigh until Wednesday afternoon.

The fatigue showed in that evening's game against the Hurricanes, as Carolina jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first period. Eric Staal wound up recording the 11th career hat trick and also dished out two assists for the 'Canes.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with the organization and the Richardson family," Staal said after the game. "It's obviously an awful situation. We weren't happy with our last two games, we came out ready to play and they looked like a team with a lot of their mind."

Daniel Alfredsson scored the lone goal for the Senators, who have lost three of four since a four-game winning streak. Starter Brian Elliott allowed four goals on 16 shots in less than one period of play before being replaced by Pascal Leclaire, who allowed three goals the rest of the way.

Ottawa is 1-2-0 on its current swing and the Sens are just 4-5-1 as the road club this season. After closing the trip tonight, Cory Clouston's club will return to Scotiabank Place for a two-game homestand against Los Angeles and Dallas.

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    Senators 2, Blues 5  FinalNov 20 12:11 PM

  • OTTAWA: 2
    ST. LOUIS: 5

    Nov 19 10:29 PM

  • Ottawa Goal - Jesse Winchester (2), at 15:41.

    Senators 2, Blues 5  3rd - 4:19Nov 19 10:22 PM

  • St Louis Power-Play Goal - Patrik Berglund (5), from Carlo Colaiacovo at 14:05.

    Senators 1, Blues 5  3rd - 5:55Nov 19 10:17 PM

  • St Louis Goal - Andy McDonald (5), at 8:41.

    Senators 1, Blues 4  3rd - 11:19Nov 19 10:07 PM

  • OTTAWA: 1
    ST. LOUIS: 3
    End of Regulation

    Nov 19 9:34 PM

  • St Louis Goal - Eric Brewer, from Vladimir Sobotka and Chris Porter at 11:39.

    Senators 1, Blues 3  2nd - 8:21Nov 19 9:21 PM

  • St Louis Goal - Carlo Colaiacovo (3), at 11:04.

    Senators 1, Blues 2  2nd - 8:56Nov 19 9:19 PM

  • St Louis Power-Play Goal - Brad Boyes (5), from David Backes and Alex Pietrangelo at 10:13.

    Senators 1, Blues 1  2nd - 9:47Nov 19 9:15 PM

  • OTTAWA: 1
    ST. LOUIS: 0
    End of 2nd

    Nov 19 8:41 PM
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    Senators 1, Blues 0  End of 2ndNov 19 8:41 PM

  • Ottawa Goal - Mike Fisher, at 9:18.

    Senators 1, Blues 0  1st - 10:42Nov 19 8:22 PM

  • OTTAWA: 0
    ST. LOUIS: 0
    1st Period - 20:00

    Nov 19 8:08 PM