Brayden Schenn - Ryan O’Reilly - David Perron
Pat Maroon - Tyler Bozak - Robert Thomas
Jaden Schwartz - Oskar Sundqvist - Alexander Steen
Mackenzie MacEachern - Ivan Barbashev - Zach Sanford
Vince Dunn - Alex Pietrangelo
Jay Bouwmeester - Colton Parayko
Michael Del Zotto - Robert Bortuzzo
First period -
The Sabres get on the board first in this one. Johan Larsson received a cross ice pass from Zach Bogosian. Larsson beat Jake Allen making it 1-0 Sabres. Not sure what Schenn was doing either, but not a great look for the Blues early.
Good ol’ hometown boy Pat Maroon tied the game at one on a goal right in front. Maroon skated behind the net for a moment and then brought the puck out. Maroon turned and fired a quick shot beating Sabres starter Carter Hutton. That goal is Maroon’s 200th point in the NHL.
With five or so minutes remaining in the period Evan Rodrigues gave the Sabres a 2-1 lead. Parayko couldn’t get his stick in their to poke the puck away from Rodrigues. Rodrigues fired a wrist shot on net and it went in. Not great Bob.
After one 2-1 bad guys. SOG were 10-9 in favor of the Sabres.
Second Period -
The Blues had two minutes of fresh ice to try and tie the game with a power play. Couldn’t do anything with it. (They were 0/2 on the day) The Sabres, however, did score to make it 3-1. The Blues gave up some odd man rushes today and this one finally burned them. Alexander Nylander and Conor Sheary move into the zone on a 2 on 1. Nylander dished the puck over to Sheary, and Sheary finished it up with a nice bow.
After getting called for a penalty (questionable at best) David Perron stepped out on to the ice and collected the puck. With Bozak leading the way Perron skated in and fired an absolute rocket on goal. The puck bounced off the post and past Hutton to cut the Sabres lead down to just 3-2.
Shots were 11-11 aside for the second period.
Third Period -
Brayden Schenn tied the game at three on a wrap around goal. It was reviewed for goaltender interference (not that anyone knows what that is anymore) but the goal stood as called and the Blues were right back in this one despite some sloppy play all game.
Shots at the end of the period were 12-7 in favor of the Sabres. Nothing happened in the overtime period so this one went to a shootout. Sam Reinhart put the Sabres ahead in the shootout which would turn out to be the game winner.
The Blues drop this one 4-3 in the shootout. Not a great road trip. That loss in Ottawa really hurt, but the Blues come home for (finally) an extended home stand.
BUF: Larrsson (6) from Bogosian (15) and Girgensons (12), Rodrigues (9) from Nylander (1) and Montour (24), Sheary (13) from Nylander (2) and Dahlin (30)
STL: Maroon (7) unassisted, Perron (18) from Parayko (15) and Schenn (14) from O’Reilly (43) and Del Zotto (7)
From The Twit Machine:
See, it’s really been a long time.
That sounds right. No back to back home games since Jan. 8-10. #stlblues https://t.co/Wf5Gk20PuE— Lou Korac (@lkorac10) March 18, 2019
Pat Maroon is your Bobble beer winner.
Pat Maroon enjoys his job of wearing downing the opponents and "making sure when they go back to the bench they're exhausted." #stlblues pic.twitter.com/M9yvUvHiux— FOX Sports Midwest (@FSMidwest) March 18, 2019
Doom and gloom is kinda our thing though.
For all the doom and gloom, think about this: the #stlblues just finished a stretch of playing 22 of 30 road games. They went 13-5-4 in those 22 road games.— Lou Korac (@lkorac10) March 18, 2019
Player of the Game:
Anyone who didn’t make some sort of St. Patricks day joke after Maroon scored. I kid I kid...kind of.