OTTAWA - Clarke MacArthur had a simple explanation with regards to why his Ottawa Senators couldnt claw back against the St. Louis Blues.The Senators trailed by one goal heading into the third period on Saturday and couldnt spark a comeback as the Blues dominated the final 20 minutes to hang on to a 3-2 victory.Theyre making hockey plays and were not, said MacArthur. Were not making good passes. Theyre going tape-to-tape and moving it and we werent, so its tough to get momentum. Its just got to be crisper.Alex Steens second period goal held up as the winner.Maxim Lapierre and Vladimir Tarasenko also scored for the Blues, who improved to 13-6-1, while Brian Elliott stopped 24 shots.It was good for the boys to get the win, said T.J. Oshie. It was good for us to get some goals for our goaltenders as theyve been working hard and playing outstanding all year and we havent been getting them as many goals as of late so it was nice to get (Elliott) the win.Ottawa got goals from Mika Zibanejad and Erik Karlsson as Robin Lehner, making his second consecutive start, stopped 30 shots.Lehner could hardly be faulted for his effort, although the 23-year-old felt he could have been better.First goal is tough when it comes right off the bat and he opened me up, its something Ive got to work on, said Lehner. I think the tip on the third goal too. Its just a reflex to start reaching with your stick to deflect it into the corner and out of the rink and he tipped it back. That stuff bugs me and Ive got to work on it, but I felt like I came back good in the third and had some good saves.The two teams meet again Tuesday in St. Louis for the second and final time this season.Ottawa (9-6-4) made a habit of playing poorly in afternoon games last season, going a dreadful 3-7-2 in games starting before 5 p.m. Eastern— and it seems to have picked up where it left off.When asked about the Senators record in matinee meetings Karlsson made light of the teams struggles.Its just another stat to keep track of, said Karlsson. We havent won a lot of afternoon games, were all aware of it, but its not something we really think about. We can try to do different things, but we try everything we can to win games, but theyre a good team and were going to lose sometimes.Trailing 3-2, the Senators started the third period on a power play, but were unable to capitalize on the opportunity.St. Louis outshot the Senators 15-5, dominated the face-off circle and won numerous puck battles in the final 20 minutes.They outplayed us in the third period, which was the only thing that would be disappointing in the game, said Senators coach Paul MacLean. I thought we were competitive and played hard against a hard team.The two teams exchanged goals in the second, but it was Lehner and Elliott who stood out.Elliott made a huge glove save on Colin Greening early in the period and minutes later Lehner bailed out Karlsson on a brutal giveaway that led to a Tarasenko point-blank chance.It was the second time in the game that Lehner had to bail out his captain after a giveaway.St. Louis made it a two-goal game at the 12-minute mark as Steen tipped Jay Bouwmeesters shot on the way to the net to beat Lehner.The Senators managed to cut the lead to one on Karlssons power-play goal from the point late in the period.I didnt see it coming through all the bodies, said Elliott, who spent part of four seasons playing for the Senators. Those are tough ones to swallow, especially when youre up 3-1. That goal makes it a tight game. We battled back and kept things to the outside for most of the rest of the game. Obviously when youre not going to the box, that helps as well.Both teams had a solid first 20 minutes, but it was the Blues who went into the break with a 2-1 lead.The Blues opened the scoring on their very first shot of the game as Lapierre got around Cody Ceci and went on to beat Lehner through the legs.Every once in a while I try to create some offense and things like that, said Lapierre. It worked tonight, but it doesnt work every night.Ottawa tied the game on the power play at the 16-minute mark as Bobby Ryan came from behind the net and found Zibanejad in front. But a mere 30 seconds later, St. Louis regained the lead as Jori Lehtera found Tarasenko all alone. Tarasenkos goal was his team-leading 12th of the season.The Senators now head out for a five-game, eight-day road trip starting Monday against Detroit. The Blues head to Winnipeg to take on the Jets on Sunday.Notes: The Senators Chris Phillips was a late scratch. 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Shields finished with 12 strikeouts in eight innings as the Royals completed a three-game sweep of the Astros. "He moved it around very effectively," manager Ned Yost said. "He was locking guys in, was locking up guys down and away, just had it all going." Shields (1-2) gave up one run and four hits, all singles. "We were pounding the strike zone and getting strike one and getting ahead of the hitters and thats an aggressive team over there and when you get ahead in the count and make your pitches youre successful," he said. His 12 strikeouts were his most as a Royal and the most by a Kansas City pitcher since Zack Greinke also struck out 12 on June 13, 2010, against Cincinnati. The seven straight Ks by Shields were one shy of the franchise record of eight in a row set by Blake Stein in 2001. The right-hander got back to his winning ways after seeing his nine-game road victory streak snapped in his last start at Minnesota when sloppy defence led to six unearned runs in a 7-1 loss. Scott Feldman (2-1) yielded four earned runs and nine hits in six innings. It was the first tough outing for the Astros newcomer after he had allowed just one run and seven hits combined in his first three starts. "It seems like they found a lot of holes," Feldman said. "Theyre a tough lineup, for sure." The Royals were up by two when Alcides Escobar hit a two-run double in the fourth to make it 4-0. Salvador Perez added an RBI double in the fifth. Kansas City scored 15 runs in this series after managing just five runs combined last weekend while getting swept by the Twins. The Royals got to Feldman early, with Nori Aoki hitting a leadoff double and later scoring on a groundout by Eric Hosmer. Alex Gordon, Billy Butler and Mike Moustakas hit consecutive singles to start the second to push the lead too 2-0.dddddddddddd There were runners at second and third with one out in the fourth when Escobar sent them both home with a double to centre field. Aoki singled to begin the fifth before a one-out single by Hosmer. Perez hit a ball that diving centre fielder Dexter Fowler missed for a double that scored Aoki and pushed the lead to 5-0. Hosmer was out at home on the play. Shields allowed a pair of singles in the first inning before retiring the next 10 Astros. Houston didnt have another baserunner until Chris Carter drew a leadoff walk in the fifth. Carter advanced to third on a single by Matt Dominguez, but Dominguez was out trying to stretch it into a double. Manager Bo Porter was clearly frustrated when asked if he wishes Dominguez would have been more cautious on the play, pausing 18 seconds before answering the question. "Its just not smart, obviously," Porter said. "And sorry for taking so long to answer the question. I went and asked Matt Dominguez: Do you think youre invisible? You are down 5-0 and the ball is right in front of you. So, to answer your question, no, I dont like it. There was nothing smart about it, and next question." Carter scored on a sacrifice fly by Alex Presley to cut the lead to 5-1 later in that inning. Presleys out was the first of nine straight Astros retired by Shields, including the seven strikeouts in a row. A single by Presley came with one out in the eighth and Jonathan Villar drew a walk, but Shields ended the threat by striking out Fowler before a fly out by George Springer. NOTES: The Royals challenged a call after Presley was called safe on a grounder in the second inning. The play was overturned for the third out of the inning. ... Royals LHP Bruce Chen, who was scratched from Thursdays start a day before with a sore back, said he was feeling better on Thursday and expects to be ready to start on Saturday. ... Kansas City OF Lorenzo Cain was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a left groin strain and LHP Justin Marks was recalled from Triple-A Omaha to take his place on the roster. ... Houston selected the contract of LHP Raul Valdes from Triple-A Oklahoma City and optioned LHP Kevin Chapman there before Thursdays game. ' ' '