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Blues can't rally from four-goal deficit, fall to Sabres to end homestand

Matthew DeFranks, St. Louis Post-Dispatch on

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ST. LOUIS — The Blues didn’t start their season-long seven-game homestand the way they wanted to. They didn’t finish it that way, either.

A 5-3 loss to the Sabres on Tuesday night secured a 3-4-0 homestand for the Blues, a disappointing stretch of games for a team that is attempting to claw its way back into the playoff chase in the Western Conference.

The Blues nearly came back from a four-goal deficit to Buffalo on Tuesday night, as Jordan Kyrou’s 23rd goal of the season just 47 seconds into the third period trimmed the Sabres' lead to 4-3, but St. Louis could not find the equalizer.

Vladimir Tarasenko had two chances during 4-on-4 play in the third period. The Blues pulled goalie Jordan Binnington with 2:32 remaining in the third period, and Tarasenko had another prime scoring opportunity with 1:48 left from the right circle.

The Blues last gasp came on a late power play when Peyton Krebs was whistled for a faceoff violation with 1:46 remaining. But Dylan Cozens iced the game for Buffalo with an empty-net goal while on the penalty kill.

Ivan Barbashev and Brayden Schenn also scored for the Blues, who fell behind 4-0 during the second minute of the second minute. Binnington made 26 saves, bouncing back from another poor start to submit a decent final two periods.

 

When Alex Tuch scored in the first period, it was the fourth goal allowed by Binnington in his last 10 shots faced. Jeff Skinner, Owen Power and Tage Thompson also scored for the Sabres.

The Blues have three games remaining before the All-Star Game, as they head into the break with road games at Arizona, Colorado and Winnipeg.

This homestand offered the Blues a chance to steady their season, to make a push towards the postseason, especially with Minnesota trudging through its schedule to three straight losses. Instead, losses to Chicago and Buffalo pushed the Blues in the other direction.

Asked on Tuesday morning about the homestand overall, Blues coach Craig Berube said “some real good stuff, and some not so good stuff.

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