Senators stand strong against powerful Blues

Senators' Cody Ceci (left) is congratulated by goaltender Robin Lehner after he scored the...

Senators' Cody Ceci (left) is congratulated by goaltender Robin Lehner after he scored the game-winning overtime goal to defeat the Blues in Ottawa on Monday, Dec. 16, 2013. (Errol McGihon/QMI Agency)

BRUCE GARRIOCH, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:44 PM ET

OTTAWA - Cody Ceci played the role of Hometown Hero in a big way Monday night.

The Ottawa native couldn’t have scripted his first NHL goal any better than this when his shot from the point beat Brian Elliott at 3:59 of OT to give the Senators a dramatic 3-2 victory over the high-flying St. Louis Blues.

The former 67’s defenceman, playing only his third NHL game, moved the club to within three points of the Maple Leafs for the final playoff spot with his winning goal in front of 16,008 at the Canadian Tire Centre.

Given the start by coach Paul MacLean because he “gives us the best chance to win” backup Robin Lehner was equal to the task. Only Chris Stewart was able to beat Lehner on 32 shots in regulation and OT.

Elliott, a former Senators’ goalie who was making his return to Ottawa, was solid with 29 saves. Bobby Ryan led the effort with a two-point night by scoring and setting up Jean-Gabriel Pageau in the first period.


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