Binnington makes 31 saves, Blues hold off Senators 2-1

Jan 16, 2023, 5:55 AM | Updated: 8:48 pm
St. Louis Blues goaltender Jordan Binnington (50) and teammate Justin Faulk (72) celebrate a victor...

St. Louis Blues goaltender Jordan Binnington (50) and teammate Justin Faulk (72) celebrate a victory over the Ottawa Senators in an NHL hockey game Monday, Jan. 16, 2023, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

(AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

              St. Louis Blues' Jordan Kyrou (25) shoots past Ottawa Senators' Jacob Bernard-Docker (24) during the second period of an NHL hockey game Monday, Jan. 16, 2023, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
            
              St. Louis Blues' Jordan Kyrou (25) shoots as Ottawa Senators' Thomas Chabot (72) defends during the second period of an NHL hockey game Monday, Jan. 16, 2023, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
            
              St. Louis Blues' Jordan Kyrou (25) looks to pass as Ottawa Senators' Travis Hamonic (23) defends during the second period of an NHL hockey game Monday, Jan. 16, 2023, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
            
              St. Louis Blues' Noel Acciari (52) watches the puck as Ottawa Senators goaltender Cam Talbot (33) and Jacob Bernard-Docker (24) defend during the second period of an NHL hockey game Monday, Jan. 16, 2023, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
            
              St. Louis Blues' Jake Neighbours (63) collides with Ottawa Senators goaltender Cam Talbot (33) during the third period of an NHL hockey game Monday, Jan. 16, 2023, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
            
              Ottawa Senators' Drake Batherson (19) and St. Louis Blues' Colton Parayko (55) battle for a loose puck during the first period of an NHL hockey game Monday, Jan. 16, 2023, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
            
              Ottawa Senators' Dylan Gambrell (27) handles the puck as St. Louis Blues' Tyler Tucker (75) defends during the first period of an NHL hockey game Monday, Jan. 16, 2023, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
            
              Ottawa Senators' Mark Kastelic (47) is held back by St. Louis Blues' Calle Rosen (43) as Kastelic grabs Blues' Tyler Tucker (75) during the third period of an NHL hockey game Monday, Jan. 16, 2023, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
            
              Ottawa Senators goaltender Cam Talbot pauses after giving up a goal during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the St. Louis Blues Monday, Jan. 16, 2023, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
            
              St. Louis Blues' Jake Neighbours and Ottawa Senators' Parker Kelly (45) fight during the second period of an NHL hockey game Monday, Jan. 16, 2023, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
            
              St. Louis Blues' Brayden Schenn (10) controls the puck as Ottawa Senators' Shane Pinto (57) defends during the second period of an NHL hockey game Monday, Jan. 16, 2023, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
            
              St. Louis Blues' Robert Thomas (18) brings the puck down the ice as Ottawa Senators' Parker Kelly (45) defends during the second period of an NHL hockey game Monday, Jan. 16, 2023, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
            
              St. Louis Blues goaltender Jordan Binnington (50) and teammate Justin Faulk (72) celebrate a victory over the Ottawa Senators in an NHL hockey game Monday, Jan. 16, 2023, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Jake Neighbours and Noel Acciari scored first-period goals and Jordan Binnington made 31 saves to lead the St. Louis Blues over the Ottawa Senators 2-1 on Monday night.

St. Louis broke a two-game skid and beat the Senators for the seventh time in nine meetings.

Tim Stutzle scored for Ottawa, which has lost four of five.

Acciari pounced on a miscue by Senators goalie Cam Talbot to make it 2-0. Talbot partially fanned on a clearing attempt, giving Acciari an open net.

“He fumbled it and I cashed in,” Acciari said. “A fortuitous bounce for me.”

Acciari began the play by poking the puck away in his own zone. Then he zipped down the ice and was there when Talbot made the miscue.

“You’ll never get cheated from him when it comes to effort,” St. Louis coach Craig Berube said.

Neighbours scored from close range 5:30 in off a pass from Calle Rosen, who broke loose on the right wing.

“It’s kind of cliche — you go to the net with your stick on the ice,” Neighbours said. “I was leaning on that stick and hoping it would bounce off of it.”

Ottawa ended a four-period scoring drought when Stutzle converted from the slot in the second off a pass from Brady Tkachuk, a St. Louis native. Stutzle leads the Senators with 19 goals.

St. Louis, which is 9-10-2 at home, managed just 12 shots over the first two periods.

Binnington, who lost two of his three previous starts, improved to 17-14-3. He stopped a backhander from Claude Giroux from close range with 5:37 left.

“We did a good job of weathering the storm,” Binnington said. “We’re going to take these two points and keep attacking.”

Binnington stopped all 12 shots he faced in the final period when a good majority of the play was in the Blues end.

“I don’t think we’ve played our best hockey of late,” Binnington said. “We need to have a good stretch here.”

Ottawa coach D.J. Smith said Binnington’s performance was the difference in the game.

“He was really good,” Smith said. “We had lots of looks.”

St. Louis earned its 2,000th win, becoming the eighth NHL franchise to reach that mark. The Blues entered the league in 1967.

Talbot made 18 saves for the Senators, who were coming off a 7-0 loss to Colorado on Saturday.

“The effort was there,” Smith said. “Right now, the puck isn’t going in for us. Going forward, we’re going to have to score some goals.”

INJURY UPDATES

Ottawa D Artem Zub sat out after sustaining a lower-body injury Saturday. … St. Louis RW Vladimir Tarasenko is expected back some time this week. He participated in the pregame skate Monday. Tarasenko has been out since Dec. 31 with a hand injury.

UP NEXT

Senators: Host the Penguins on Wednesday before a rematch in Pittsburgh on Friday.

Blues: Take on Nashville on Thursday in their fifth successive home game.

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Binnington makes 31 saves, Blues hold off Senators 2-1