OTTAWA—Anders Nilsson took the blame for the Ottawa Senators staying winless to start the season
Nilsson stopped 31 shots in his first start of the campaign as Ottawa fell to the Stanley Cup champion St. Louis Blues 6-4 last night.
Vitaly Abramov, Artem Anisimov, Chris Tierney and Anthony Duclair replied for the Senators (0-3-0), who are off to their worst-ever start after losing their third straight game in regulation.
David Perron scored twice, including his 200th NHL career goal, to lead the Blues, while Ryan O'Reilly had a goal and three assists.
Oskar Sundqvist, Jay Bouwmeester and Brayden Schenn also scored for the Blues (3-0-1) as Jake Allen, making his season debut, made 25 saves.
The Blues outscored the Senators 4-1 in the third period to take the win.
Trailing 2-0, Perron got the Blues on the board with a power-play goal midway through the second.
The Blues tied the game as Sundqvist grabbed a loose puck off the faceoff and got a wrist shot off to beat Nilsson low glove side. The Senators regained the lead late in the period as Tierney, with his first of the season, scored shorthanded.
Ottawa took a 2-0 lead in the final minute of the first period as Anisimov fired a one-timer from the slot for his first with the Senators. The Senators opened the scoring midway through the first as Scott Sabourin fed Abramov, who had a wide-open net, for his first NHL goal.
In other NHL action last night, Tampa Bay dumped Toronto 7-3; Detroit doubled Montreal 4-2; Edmonton shaded New Jersey 4-3 (SO); Pittsburgh edged ANaheim 2-1; Nashville got by Washington 6-5; Winnipeg downed Minnesota 5-2; San Jose beat Chicago 5-4; Calgary topped Dalls 3-2 (SO); Colorado defeated Boston 4-2; and Arizona dispatched Vegas 4-1.