After three consecutive losses, the St. Louis Blues reminded their fans what it feels like to win a game— not a minute too soon, either.
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In the first period, Sam Reinhart of the Sabres jammed his 13th goal of the season past Jake Allen to open the scoring.
It was all Blues from there.
Vladimir Tarasenko ripped one towards the opposing goaltender, Robin Lehner. After bouncing off his left pad, the puck was punched-in by Robby Fabbri to tie the game midway through the first.
The Blues outshot the Sabres 13-to-9 after twenty minutes of play.
Josh Gorges sent Alexander Steen flying into the boards with a controversial hit. Steen drifted to the locker room, where he stayed for multiple shifts. Later in the second period, Robby Fabbri ‘dropped the gloves’ with Gorges to defend his teammate.
"My teammates do it for me," said Fabbri.
Dmitrij Jaskin entered Buffalo's defensive zone early in the third. He took the puck wide, then cut towards Lehner. After maneuvering around him, Jaskin lost control of the puck. However, Jaden Schwartz floated into the crease to polish-off the play and give the Blues a 2-1 lead (just 0:44 into the second period).
Two minutes later, the Blues struck again.
Kyle Brodziak deflected Ryan Reaves shot-pass past Lehner to extend their lead to 3-1.
With less than three minutes left in regulation, Scottie Upshall grabbed his 3rd of the season with an empty-netter. The Blues defeated the Sabres 4-1, winning 62% of the faceoffs.
The San Jose Sharks are coming to town on Thursday, and they'll battle the Blues at 7:00 p.m.