OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) _ Alex Steen’s second-period goal stood up as the game-winner in the St. Louis Blues’ 3-2 victory over the Ottawa Senators on Saturday.
Maxim Lapierre and Vladimir Tarasenko also scored for the Blues (13-6-1), and Brian Elliott stopped 24 shots.
Ottawa got goals from Mika Zibanejad and Erik Karlsson. Robin Lehner, making his second consecutive start, stopped 30 shots.
The teams meet again Tuesday in St. Louis for the second and final time this season.
Ottawa (9-6-4) was only 3-7-2 in afternoon games last season, and the Senators repeated the trend against the Blues.
Trailing 3-2, the Senators started the third period on a power play, but were unable to capitalize. They were outshot 15-5 in the frame.
The teams exchanged goals in the second, but Lehner and Elliott stood out.