It was a good thing only 500 fans were in attendance on Tuesday, because it was a rough night for Ottawa.
The St. Louis Blues defeated the Ottawa Senators 5-2 in their first game at the Canadian Tire Centre in 28 months. It was another powerful offensive performance, as Vladimir Tarasenko scored twice, and Brayden Schenn continued his hot streak this season, as the veteran forward has eight points (four goals, four assists) in his past five games. Robert Thomas also had three points, notching a goal and two assists on the evening.
Meanwhile, between the pipes, Ville Husso stopped 20 shots, continuing his phenomenal 2021-22 season.
Once a pinnacle NHL franchise, the Senators have struggled for decades. And with this loss, they drop to 17-25-4 on the season, and are 1-3 in their last four games.
Meanwhile, with the victory, the Blues improved to 28-14-5 – already exceeding their victory total from last season (27)… in a COVID shortened 56-game season. This victory comes off the heels of another five-goal victory, 5-1 over the Chicago Blackhawks.
Also of historical significance: with tonight’s win, Doug Armstrong became the 25th general manager in NHL history to record 500 wins with a single team!