Somebody Blue it

BRUCE GARRIOCH -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:37 AM ET

ST. LOUIS -- The Senators got lucky last night.

What else can explain it?

Only moments after the St. Louis Blues didn't get credited for a go-ahead goal in the third period, Antoine Vermette scored the winner in the Senators' 4-2 victory -- Ottawa's first win at the Scottrade Center since March 20, 1999.

Then, to make matters worse for the Blues, David Backes had a potential tying goal called back with 2:18 left because officials Mick McGeough and Dennis Larue had blown the whistle before it went in the net during a scramble in front of goalie Martin Gerber.

"I don't really have any sympathy. We came to win the game and won the game." said Senators coach Bryan Murray.

Vermette scored the Senators' 17th short-handed goal of the season (the second of the game to tie the club for the league lead with Montreal) at 4:26 of the third. Mike Fisher also scored short-handed and Chris Kelly had two goals, including an empty-netter, as the Senators moved into sole possession of the No. 4 spot ahead of the Penguins.

The Senators were fortunate at 3:13 of the third. The Blues had a sure goal by Brad Boyes taken away when the officials decided not to review a play where the puck hit Gerber's stick behond the goal line. Despite arguments by St. Louis coach Andy Murray, Larue and McGeough explained since there was no call for a review before the puck was dropped, they couldn't go back.

You can bet NHL VP Colin Campbell and director of officiating Stephen Walkom will get a call from Blues president John Davidson demanding to know why the war room at the NHL's head office in Toronto didn't call the rink earlier to let them know it should have been a goal. It wasn't noticed until 10 seconds after play resumed.

Once the Senators got the lead, they had to hang on. Gerber had to come up with big stops because the club ran into all kinds of penalty trouble in what was another terrible performance by the officials. The Blues went 0-for-5 on the power play.

This wasn't a textbook Ottawa performance. Gerber gave up a bad goal to Barret Jackman in the first and the club still found a way to be tied 2-2 going into the third period.

Fisher picked up a loose puck near centre ice, skated in untouched and beat Curtis Sanford high to the glove side for his 19th at 12:39 to give the Senators a 2-1 lead. 


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