OTTAWA -- The St. Louis Blues played without three of their big engines against the Ottawa Senators Monday night at Canadian Tire Centre.
Vladimir Sobotka and Jaden Schwartz didn't dress against the Senators because of injuries, and captain David Backes left in the second period with an upper-body injury.
The Blues took the game to overtime, but couldn't motor past Ottawa, falling 3-2 in overtime when Cody Ceci netted his first-career NHL goal with 1 minute, 1 second left in OT. He beat Blues goalie Brian Elliott with a wrist shot from just inside the blueline.
The goal came after the Blues' penalty-killing unit erased a full two-minute power play for the Senators.
The Blues earned one point, giving them 48 this season, and they finished their two-game road trip with a record of 1-0-1. They will return home to host the San Jose Sharks tonight at Scottrade Center.
The club picked up two goals by a surging Chris Stewart, but couldn't hang onto a third-period lead. New Ottawa Senator Bobby Ryan, a longtime Blues' nemesis, scored the game-tying goal 5:44 into the third period, leading up to Ceci's game-winner.
The Blues fell behind Ottawa 1-0 in the first period.
The team juggled its defensive pairings against the Senators, and with the duo of Kevin Shattenkirk and Carlo Colaiacovo on the ice, the Sens took the lead on a goal by Jean-Gabrief Pageau.
Ryan had the puck behind the Ottawa net and moved it in front to Pageau, who beat Elliott, the former Senators' goalie, with the shot for his second goal of the season.
Before the Blues lost Backes for the game, they went without Alexander Steen for a brief time in the first period. Steen was the recipient of an illegal hit by Ottawa's Zach Smith, and after Smith went to the penalty box, Steen went to the Blues' dressing room. He returned, however, a few minutes later.
Elliott had to be sharp early in the second period, turning aside a shot by the Senators' Clarke MacArthur with his glove and later denying Milan Michalek.
At the other end, Ottawa's Robin Lehner was matching Elliott's effort. The Blues seemed destined for a scoreless period when Lehner snuffed out a terrific sequence put together by T.J. Oshie and Steen. Oshie slipped through the Senator's defense and moved the puck to Steen, whose quick shot on net met the double-stacked pads of Lehner with 4:15 left in the second period.
Then with 3:10 left in the middle frame, the Blues used a blocked shot to tie the score.
Ottawa defensmen Joe Corvo had his blast blocked by Derek Roy, who grabbed the loose puck and pushed it ahead to Stewart for a breakaway. Stewart, who came into the game with goals in each of his last two games, barreled in on Lehner and beat him through the legs for a 1-1 affair.
The Blues were battling, but they would move on without their captain. It appeared that Backes was injured on a hit by Ottawa center Colin Greening, walking wobbly to the Blues' dressing room after the shift. He did not return and his status for tonight's game is uncertain.
The Senators were wobbly, too.
Late in the period, the Blues put more pressure on the Sens. Brenden Morrow had the puck behind Lehner and although he whiffed on a net-front pass, Roy was there to backhand the puck to Stewart. Squeezed between two defenders, he sneaked in a shot for a 2-1 lead.
The Blues rallied on Stewart's eighth and ninth goals of the season, but the Senators answered with a goal by Ryan, knotting the score.
Ryan assisted on Ottawa's first goal, and with his 16th goal of the season, he increased his scoring totals to 15 goals and 26 points in 19 games against the Blues in his career.
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