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Hossa scores late to seal Senators' tie

Friday, December 6, 2002

ST. LOUIS -- Marian Hossa scored on his own rebound with 1:06 left in regulation as the Ottawa Senators, capitalizing on a late power play, tied the St. Louis Blues 2-2 Thursday night.

Hossa scored his 16th of the season after Fred Brathwaite stopped his shot from the point. The left side of the net was wide open for Hossa's backhand rebound.

The Senators got off 11 shots the first two periods combined, and 15 in the third to force overtime, then outshot the Blues 6-5 in a wide-open extra period. They rallied one night after their 10-game unbeaten streak was ended in a 1-0 loss at Chicago and had the best chances in overtime as Brathwaite stopped breakaways by Martin Havlat, Magnus Arvedson and Todd White.

Ottawa capitalized on a double minor roughing call on Blues defenseman Bryce Salvador with 2:16 remaining in regulation. Salvador was whistled for pummeling Chris Neil.

Scott Mellanby's power-play goal had given the Blues, unbeaten at 2-0-2-1 in their last five games, a 2-1 lead.

Doug Weight also scored with the man advantage for the Blues, 6-0-1-1 against the Eastern Conference and 3-0-1 against the Northeast Division. Chris Phillips got the other goal for the Senators.

Mellanby got his eighth goal at 3:19 of the third, only seven seconds after Curtis Leschyshyn went off for holding Tyson Nash behind the Senators net. The puck deflected in off Mellanby's skate from a pass from Alexander Khavanov, but the goal was allowed after a video review.

Mellanby has four goals and four assists in the last eight games.

After a scoreless first period, play opened up a bit in the second and Weight's power-play goal put the Blues ahead. Weight scored his 11th goal, tying him for the team lead, from the side of the net off Patrick Lalime's pads at 11:45 to cap a flurry of chances for St. Louis.

The Senators tied it on Phillips' power-play goal at 16:26. Phillips got his second goal of the season on a shot from the point through traffic to beat Brathwaite.

Brathwaite is fighting for a job with Tom Barrasso to back up Brent Johnson, expected back in about a week from a high ankle sprain sustained before training camp. Brathwaite has allowed one goal the last two games.

Barrasso has missed three games with back spasms.

Noteworthy

Blues C Mike Eastwood was a healthy scratch for the sixth straight game and the team is likely to place him on waivers Friday when Johnson makes his first rehab start for Worcester (AHL). ... Lalime played in his 180th game with the Senators, one behind franchise leader Damian Rhodes. ... This is the fifth set of games on consecutive nights for the Senators. They're 2-3 on the front half and 1-2-2 on the back end.


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