National Hockey League
St. Louis 3, Ottawa 2
When: 7:00 PM ET, Saturday, January 19, 2019
Where: Enterprise Center, St. Louis, Missouri
Referees: Dan O'Rourke, Brian Pochmara
Linesmen: Derek Amell, Ryan Galloway
Attendance: 17690

Carl Gunnarsson scored the tie-breaking goal with 7:44 left in the third period Saturday night for the host St. Louis Blues, who hung on to edge the Ottawa Senators, 3-2.

Gunnarsson's shot fluttered through a sea of red-and-white and past Senators goalie Craig Anderson, who was surrounded by three teammates.

Vladimir Tarasenko and Vince Dunn also scored for the Blues, who snapped a two-game losing streak in their final home game of the month. St. Louis is scheduled to embark on a five-game road trip spanning the All-Star Break before returning to Enterprise Center on Feb. 9.

Rookie Jordan Binnington recorded 28 saves to improve to 4-0-1 as an NHL starter.

Nick Paul and Magnus Paajarvi scored for the Senators, who had a two-game winning streak snapped. Anderson, who was making his first appearance since suffering a concussion Dec. 21, made 35 saves.

The Senators took the lead 4:34 into the first, when Paul took a backhanded pass from Mikkel Boedker, who was behind the net, and fired a shot that Binnington slowed but could not stop from trickling between his legs and beyond the goal line.

The Blues tied the score a little more than three minutes later following a faceoff win by Ryan O'Reilly deep in the Senators' zone. O'Reilly wrangled the puck from Ottawa center Chris Tierney and passed to Tarasenko, who initially lost the puck but corralled it and fired a slapshot over Anderson's glove at the 7:50 mark.

The Blues took the lead for the first time late in the second period, when Dunn's shot from the faceoff circle sailed beyond Anderson's glove.

The Senators tied the game on a fluke short-handed goal exactly one minute into the third.

Ottawa center Zack Smith raced up the left side of the ice and motioned as if he was going to shoot before he passed across the crease to Paajarvi, who didn't have his stick down and seemed as surprised as anyone by Smith's fake. But the puck ticked off Paajarvi's skate and into the net.

--Field Level Media

Top Game Performances
Ottawa   St. Louis
Magnus Paajarvi 1 Points Ryan O'Reilly 2
Magnus Paajarvi 1 Goals Vince Dunn 1
Mikkel Boedker 1 Assists Ryan O'Reilly 2
N/A Power Play Goals N/A
Magnus Paajarvi 1 Short Handed Goals N/A
Craig Anderson .921 Save Percentage Jordan Binnington .933
Craig Anderson 35 Saves Jordan Binnington 28
Team Stats Summary
Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
Ottawa 30 2 0-1 1-1 2 33
St. Louis 38 3 0-1 1-1 2 38
Upcoming Games
  • St. Louis will play their next game on the road against Los Angeles. The Blues have a W/L % of .300 after a win and .556 after a loss.
  • Ottawa will play their next game at home against Arizona. The Senators have a W/L % of .350 after a win and .414 after a loss.