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Blues blow 3-1 third period lead, lose to Sens 5-4 in shootout

Feb 4, 2014, 11:46 PM EDT

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The St. Louis Blues were cruising tonight against the Ottawa Senators, but things got ugly fast in the third period as they gave up three consecutive goals before losing 5-4 in the shootout.

The Blues had a 3-1 lead headed into the final frame, but the Senators got goals from Milan Michalek, Kyle Turris, and Jason Spezza to grab a 4-3 lead.

Jordan Leopold‘s goal from a bad angle helped send the game to overtime and salvage a point for the Blues, but Turris ended it with his shootout goal in the fifth round to give the Senators the win on the road.

Sens goalie Robin Lehner, despite Leopold’s ugly goal, stopped 46 shots during regulation and three out of five in the shootout.

Blues goalie Jaroslav Halak had looked good through 40 minutes, but the wheels came off quickly in the third on the way to 27 saves. In the shootout, however, he stopped only two out of five shots.

St. Louis had a chance to pull within one point of Central-leading Chicago with a win in regulation, but had to settle for just one. Ottawa, meanwhile, snapped a two-game losing skid and pulled to within a point of Detroit in the Wild Card race.

  1. cubsfan101 - Feb 5, 2014 at 12:51 AM

    “St. Louis had a chance to pull within one point of Central-leading Chicago with a win in regulation, but had to settle for just one.”

    Missed opportunity, but considering we’re now down 2 points with 3 games in hand, it’s not the end of the world.
    Long Live the Note

  2. imgoingtowichita - Feb 5, 2014 at 7:32 AM

    It sure looked as though the senators had to beat 2 opponents in that game.

    • sens101 - Feb 5, 2014 at 8:15 AM

      Yes, it really did. The Michalek and Ryan penalties were especially brutal. Probably one of the worst officiated games I’ve ever seen.

      It’s funny how the Blues are regarded as a “tough” team, yet Backes, Reaves, Oshie will engage with Ottawa’s smaller players after the whistle, until Paul Maclean put out the Smith, Neil, Greening line with Gryba and Methot on the back end. Neil engaged pretty much every “tough” guy on the Blues to fight and all they did was cower, even though they were trying to be the aggresor after the whistle more often than not. Drop the gloves!!

  3. buddysguys - Feb 5, 2014 at 8:32 AM

    So…Ryan Miller………………….

    • lilroot9 - Feb 5, 2014 at 8:40 AM

      St Louis, you can get him at an introductory price of a 1st, Halak, & a top offensive prospect.

      But really, that 1st is so late, that is the need for the top offensive prospect (opposed to just an offensive prospect). Make the 1st in 2015 and we can talk……

      Sabres should only want to get more 1st’s from 2015, unless it is a lock to be lower than 20 in 2014.

      We will see what the highest bidder was willing to put up in the next few days…… cause if I was going to “max” my offer, it would be before 2 weeks backstopping the USA team as the country (and world) watches what you just got! The only issue is the risk of injury (during Olympics competition, not NHL action), but maybe that is a contingency in the deal? Not sure if they can put that in or not.

  4. paperlions - Feb 5, 2014 at 12:08 PM

    Halak stopped zero shots. Two guys hit beat him but hit the post. He was 12 kinds of horrible in the 3rd and in the shoot out.

  5. hammerhead5573 - Feb 5, 2014 at 1:02 PM

    Ok so I doubt it will but hopefully this crap can be put to bed about how other teams and their fan base blame a loss on everything else but the play of their team. Me as a Hawks fan, notices lots of people taking pot shots at everything Blackhawks after the Hawks lose a game. Yet at least 2 comments here, suggest it was the fault of refs. The reality is there are many factors in a loss. But getting a mic in the face of a player after a loss but especially after a tough loss will make players or coaches say questionable things. And fans are no different.

    • cardsandbluesforever - Feb 5, 2014 at 5:19 PM

      theres no possible way the loss was a result of the refs. we had a 4 minute long 5 on 3 power play and could not convert. we had a 3-1 lead going into the 3rd and blew it in less than 3 minutes because we took our foot off the gas.
      we have no one to blame but ourselves for this loss- double blame for halak, didn’t stop one single shot in the shootout.
      I can not wait till we get rid of that bum and get a real goalie.

  6. gbories2014 - Feb 5, 2014 at 1:19 PM

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