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Senators win in OT


ST. LOUIS­—Bobby Ryan helped the Ottawa Senators end both their scoring drought and their losing streak.

Ryan scored twice, including the game-winner at 2:33 of overtime, to help the Senators rally from a two-goal deficit to earn a 3-2 victory over the St. Louis Blues last night.

“Huge win,” said Ottawa coach Dave Cameron. “Huge win.

“Falling behind 2-0, found a way to come back and got the win.

“Did a lot of good things in the first,” he noted. “Took our foot off the pedal a bit in the second.

“We’re real good, I thought, the first 10 minutes of the third,” Cameron added.

“And the power play was huge.”

Mike Hoffman added his 19th of the season while Andrew Hammond made 36 saves for the Senators, who had lost three-straight and been shut out in back-to-back games against Chicago and New Jersey.

“Obviously we’ve been fighting it a little bit to get some goals,” Hammond said.

“You kind of knew once we got that first one, it would open the door for us,” he added.

Troy Brouwer and Kevin Shattenkirk scored for St. Louis while Brian Elliott made 29 saves.

The Blues have lost three-straight and four of five, and now head west for a three-game road trip against Colorado, Anaheim, and L.A.

“We had a chance to bury them and we could have buried them a number of ways,” noted Blues’ coach Ken Hitchcock.

“We could have buried them offensively and we could have buried them defensively, and we let them off the hook.”

“Especially tonight, playing a team that played last night, we have to find a way to bury them,” echoed Blues’ defenceman Alex Pietrangelo.

“We took our foot off the gas.

“It’s unacceptable on our part,” he stressed.

“You’ve got a team 2-1 in the third period that played last night, we’re fresh, we have to find a way to finish that.

“We have to put a foot down and bury them, and not let them get back into it.”

Elsewhere in the NHL, Edmonton nipped Carolina 1-0 (OT), Arizona edged Vancouver 3-2, Detroit blanked New Jersey 1-0, and Colorado beat L.A. 4-1.

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