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Sabres Vs. Blues Recap: Two Goal Leads and a Vladdiator

Two goal know what they say about them.

NHL: Buffalo Sabres at St. Louis Blues Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

Blues Forwards:

Vladimir Sobotka - Paul Stastny - Vladimir Tarasenko

Alexander Steen - Brayden Schenn - Dmitrij Jaskin

Ivan Barbashev - Patrik Berglund - Magnus Paajarvi

Scottie Upshall - Oskar Sundqvist - Kyle Brodziak

Blues Defense:

Jay Bouwmeester - Robert Bortuzzo

Joel Edmundson - Colton Parayko

Carl Gunnarsson - Vince Dunn


Jake Allen

Game Highlights:

After dismantling the Red Wings in Detroit yesterday, the Blues were right back at it tonight against the Sabres. The Blues coming in had a 4-0-1 record on the second night of back to backs. Looking to make it 5-0-1, they got off to a fast start. Brayden Schenn scored just forty seconds into the contest. Joel Edmundson went to center the puck. It actually bounced off a Sabres player’s skate and right to Schenn. Schenn had a wide open net, and didn’t miss.

Jake Allen was on top of his game again tonight. With the Blues on the penalty kill Allen makes a save on Ryan O’Reilly.

Toward the end of the second period, the Blues got their second goal of the night. Vladimir Tarasenko shot a puck wide. The puck bounced off of the boards right to Paul Stastny. Stastny somehow found some room to shoot it past Sabres starter Robin Lehner to give the Blues that dreaded two goal lead headed into the third.

With the Sabres on the powerplay, Evan Rodrigues scored to pull the Sabres within one. It was similar to the goal that Schenn scored in the first period. Evander Kane centered the puck, and the puck deflected off of a skate in front of the net. Said net was left wide open, and Rodrigues buried it.

Rodrigues wasn’t done unfortunately. He scored his second of the night with the Sabres goalie pulled. Rodrigues came on as the extra attacker and well, it didn’t go well:

The overtime period was one of the more tame OT periods that the Blues have been a part of. Finally, with seconds to go Vladimir Tarasenko scored the game winner. Big shoutout to Evander Kane and Jack Eichel for not doing anything to stop it. Lehner poked at the puck but he actually deflected it into his own net. Blues will take it, and the 3-2 overtime win.

Blues are back at it Tuesday night, when the Tampa Bay Lightning come to town.

Stat of the Game:

Blues are 5-0-1 in the second game of back to backs. They are now 21-8-2 on the year.

Shots on Goal:

45 STL/24 BUF


Brayden Schenn (16) from Joel Edmundson (5) and Alexander Steen (13)

Paul Stastny (7) from Vladimir Tarasenko (19) and Joel Edmundson (6)

Evan Rodrigues (1) from Sam Reinhart (6) and Evander Kane (14)

Evan Rodrigues (2) from Ryan O’Rielly (12) and Marco Scandella (6)

Vladimir Tarasenko (14) from Colton Parayko (14) and Paul Stastny (16)

From The Twitter Machine:

Eichel was not happy at the end of this one...rightfully so.

More stats...

Vladdy with the, in wrestling terms, cheap pop.

Player of the Game:

The NHL Refs. Trust me, it’s opposite day.