Game Day: Sabres and Blues Scoreless in 1st

February 18, 2017
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Evander Kane netted another goal and late call-up Nick Baptiste added two points in Buffalo's 3-2 win over St. Louis. Robin Lehner finished with 37 saves, including 16 in the final period. The Sabres have won three straight games and, for now, sit one point behind the Leafs in the Eastern Conference.

Scoring
  • Vladimir Tarasenko wasted little time getting the Blues on the board, netting his 28th of the season just 1:31 into the game. St. Louis had an extra attacker on the ice thanks to a delayed penalty call on Josh Gorges.
  • Nick Baptiste's 3rd tied things up later in the period. Jack Eichel set up the play with a nifty backhand feed to Baptiste who cut in and beat Jake Allen, tying the game 1-1.
  • Kane knocked Zach Bogosian's point shot out of the air to put Buffalo ahead at 11:58 of the 2nd period.
  • Ryan O'Reilly beat Allen on the far side on a 5-on-3 power play, giving the Sabres a 3-1 lead with 32 seconds left in the 2nd.
  • Scottie Upshall picked up the Blues' first shorthanded goal of the season, beating Robin Lehner on a breakaway to make it 3-2.
Game Notes
  • Kane (8 G, 6 A) has 14 points in his last 13 games and 6 goals in his last 6 games.
  • Eichel (5 G, 12 A) has 17 points in his last 17 games and leads the NHL with 10 assists in the month of February.
  • O'Reilly (3 G, 4 A) has 7 points in his last 7 games.
  • With a goal and an assist, Baptiste recorded his first career multi-point game.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen picked up his 100th career point, assisting on O'Reilly's power play goal.
  • Lehner has faced 35 or more shots in 10 of his last 12 games.

1st Period
Goals

1:31 - STL - Vladimir Tarasenko (28) (Jaden Schwartz, Joel Edmundson)
9:34 - BUF - Nicholas Baptiste (3) (Jack Eichel, Evander Kane)

Penalties
6:19 - STL - Magnus Paajarvi (2 min., hooking)
11:12 - STL - Jake Allen (2 min., delay of game)
13:12 - BUF - Jake McCabe (2 min., holding)

2nd Period
Goals

11:58 - BUF - Evander Kane (20) (Zach Bogosian, Nicholas Baptiste)
19:28 - BUF - Ryan O'Reilly (PPG) (13) (Rasmus Ristolainen, Kyle Okposo)

Penalties
4:06 - STL - Jori Lehtera (2 min., tripping)
17:47 - STL - Kenny Agostino (2 min., cross checking)
19:02 - STL - Scottie Upshall (2 min., hooking)

3rd Period
Goals

15:03 - STL - Scottie Upshall (SHG) (6) (Unassisted)

Penalties
11:08 - BUF - Matt Moulson (2 min., interference)
14:26 - STL - Kevin Shattenkirk (2 min., holding)

Goaltending
STL - Jake Allen (25 saves, 28 shots)
BUF - Robin Lehner (37 saves, 39 shots)

Power Plays
STL - 0 of 3
BUF - 1 of 6

Postgame Audio
Nick Baptiste & Robin Lehner



Ryan O'Reilly