Tim Stutzle extends point streak to power Senators past Blues 7-2

OTTAWA — Tim Stutzle scored twice and picked up an assist in the Ottawa Senators' 7-2 win over the St. Louis Blues on Sunday afternoon.

Stutzle, riding a four-game point streak (4G, 6A), gave the Blues fits all day long.

Brady Tkachuk extended his career-high point streak (5G, 6A) to seven games with a goal and two assists for Ottawa (27-24-4).

Shane Pinto, Alex DeBrincat, Drake Batherson and Ridley Greig also scored as Mads Sogaard made 30 saves for the win.

Colton Parayko and Tyler Pitlick scored for the Blues (26-27-3), who had a short turnaround following their 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 five-hole to make it 6-0. The Blues broke Sogaard’s shutout hopes when Parayko got a shot off through traffic and Pitlick scored his third of the season tipping in Justin Faulk’s shot from the blueline two minutes later.

Greig scored his first career NHL goal with just over one minute remaining in regulation as he picked up a loose puck out front.

Leading 1-0 to start the second, the Senators scored four consecutive goals in the second to take a decisive 5-0 lead.

DeBrincat scored a one-timer on the power play to make it 2-0. Stutzle then had a great move to get Greiss moving for his 25th of the season and Tkachuk made it by 4-0 tipping a Claude Giroux shot. Some great passing allowed Batherson to get in on the action as he beat Greiss.

Pinto opened the scoring late in the first period, taking a great pass from Batherson and buried a one-timer for his 14th of the season.

TRADED — 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.

RECALLED — Ottawa recalled defenceman Dillon Heatherington from AHL Belleville Sunday morning. After missing Saturday’s game against Colorado with an undisclosed injury Torey Krug was back in the lineup for the Blues.

UP NEXT — The Senators are back in action Monday afternoon when they take on the Boston Bruins, while the Blues will head to Carolina to face the Hurricanes Tuesday night.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Feb. 19, 2023.

Lisa Wallace, The Canadian Press