OTTAWA (AP) — Cody Ceci had a special homecoming on Monday night.
Ceci, who grew up in the east end of Ottawa about 30 minutes from the area and played junior hockey with the Ottawa 67's, scored his first NHL goal in overtime and the Ottawa Senators beat the St. Louis Blues 3-2.
Ceci recovered a clearing attempt by the Blues and sent a wrist shot toward the St. Louis goal that beat Brian Elliott at 3:59 of the extra period.
"I had probably a better opportunity right before that with a slap shot with a pretty open look, but it didn't go as high up as I wanted it to," Ceci said of a shot seconds before his goal.
"Next thing I know I get the puck at the blue line and there's a lot of traffic crossing in front of the goalie. I just kind of floated it through and it found the net. I'll definitely remember this.
"It's a special moment, it couldn't have happened at a better time and I'm really happy things worked out the way they did."
Ceci has two goals this season with the Binghamton Senators of the AHL and both of those have also been overtime winners.
Jean-Gabriel Pageau and Bobby Ryan scored in regulation for the Senators, who picked up points for the fifth time in their past six games. They only time they have been held pointless during that time was a 5-2 loss to the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday.
Chris Stewart had both goals for the Blues and both came late in the second period and both were set up by Derek Roy.
Roy also took a hooking penalty in overtime, but the Senators were unable to take advantage.
Ryan scored a highlight-reel goal on a pass from Kyle Turris, who put the puck on Ryan's tape from 40 feet away, right in front of the St. Louis goal.
Ryan cut in front, went to his backhand and beat Elliott to tie the game 2-2. It was also the only goal of the third period and sent the game to overtime.
"We feel much better with the way we played. We played a very good opponent in back-to-back games. The game against L.A. didn't turn out near as good as this one did, but I thought we responded," Senators coach Paul MacLean said.
"Our completion level and our commitment to playing without the puck and playing the game hard was much better and at a much higher level.
"The good news for us is that we did it and now we have to come back and get prepared to do it again and that starts tomorrow at practice."