This is no way to make the playoffs.
Playing against the NHL's worst team, an Ottawa team depleted by trade-deadline moves, the Blues crashed with a thud Thursday at Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa, Ontario. They lost, 2-0, to a Senators team that had won only two of its previous 15 games.
A lackadaisical end to a defensive shift by Robby Fabbri led to a second-period Ottawa goal. And then Chris Tierney scored into an empty net with 57 seconds left to seal the deal for Ottawa.
The Blues outshot Ottawa 14-3 in the third period and 35-21 for the game. But they were shut out for the first time since Nov. 19, a 2-0 loss to the Los Angeles Kings that resulted in the firing of Mike Yeo about 90 minutes after the game.
Anders Nilsson stopped all 35 shots to earn the shutout for Ottawa.
The Blues fell to 36-27-7, while Ottawa improved to 24-41-6.
After St. Louis dominated the opening period, but had nothing to show for it, the second period was played on a much more even level as the Senators started to generate zone time and chances.
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Then at the 13:27 mark of the period, Christian Wolanin broke the scoreless tie with his fourth goal of the season. Wolanin broke in on left wing behind Fabbri, who simply stopped skating on his shift and lost track of Wolanin.
The Senators almost scored an earlier goal when a clearing pass behind the net was intercepted by Brady Tkachuk, leaving an open net for Jean-Gabriel Pageau who shot wide.
Even though Ottawa had two early power plays, the Blues dominated the first period. The Blues outshot the Senators 13-5 in the period and had several excellent chances, including a shot by Oskar Sundqvist that hit the post just 2 minutes 53 seconds into the game.
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