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St. Louis Blues vs. Ottawa Senators

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:47 AM

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St. Louis Blues vs. Ottawa Senators
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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 Ottawa Senators.

The Blues beat Calgary 2-1 on Thursday to snap an eight-game winless streak (0-7-1).

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 session.

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."

2003-2004 season series
DateScoreW. Goal
Feb 10 '04 STL 1 at OTT 3 M. Hossa