Stutzle, Tkachuk power Senators to 7-2 win over Blues
OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — Tim Stutzle and Brady Tkachuk had three-point games to lead the Ottawa Senators to a 7-2 win over the St. Louis Blues on Sunday.
Stutzle had two goals and an assist and extended his point streak to four games (four goals, six assists). Tkachuk extended his career-best point streak to seven games (5 goals, 6 assists) with a goal and two assists.
Shane Pinto, Alex DeBrincat, Drake Batherson and Ridley Greig also scored for Ottawa. Mads Sogaard made 30 saves.
Colton Parayko and Tyler Pitlick scored for the Blues, who were coming off a 4-1 loss to Colorado on Saturday. Thomas Greiss stopped 27 shots.
Stutzle scored his second goal of the game early in the second period, beating Greiss through the pads to make it 6-0.
The Blues spoiled Sogaard’s shutout bid when Parayko got a shot off through traffic, and Pitlick scored his third of the season, tipping in Justin Faulk’s shot from the blue line two minutes later.
Greig scored his first career NHL goal with just over one minute remaining in regulation, picking up a loose puck in front.
Leading 1-0 to start the second, the Senators scored four consecutive goals and raced out to a 5-0 lead.
DeBrincat scored a one-timer on the power play to make it 2-0. Stutzle had a great move to get Greiss moving for his 25th of the season and Tkachuk made it by 4-0 tipping a shot by Claude Giroux. Batherson got in on the action, beating Greiss.
Pinto opened the scoring late in the first period, taking a pass from Batherson and scoring a one-timer for his 14th of the season.
The Senators acquired forward Julien Gauthier and a conditional seventh-round draft pick in 2023 from the New York Rangers in exchange for Tyler Motte. Should the Rangers advance past the first round of the playoffs, the pick will improve to the lower of the Rangers’ or the Winnipeg Jets 2023 sixth-round selection.
NOTES: Ottawa recalled defenseman Dillon Heatherington from AHL Belleville. ... After missing Saturday’s game against Colorado with an undisclosed injury Torey Krug was back in the lineup for the Blues.
Senators: At the Boston Bruins on Monday.
Blues: At the Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday.
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