Blues respond with win over Sabres after building, surrendering three-goal lead

Matthew DeFranks, St. Louis Post-Dispatch on

Published in Hockey

ST. LOUIS — Momentum wore blue on Thursday night. The shade of blue just depended on the point of the game.

In an eventual 6-4 Blues win over the Sabres on Thursday night at Enterprise Center, the swings back and forth were plentiful for royal-and-navy-clad St. Louis and royal-draped Buffalo.

The Blues built a 3-0 lead. The Sabres tied the game at 3-3. The Blues went back up 6-3, and Buffalo scored a six-on-five goal late in the third period. The win was the Blues' fourth in the past six games.

Brayden Schenn had two goals and an assist, Jake Neighbours scored twice as Kevin Hayes (also one assist) and Brandon Saad also scored goals. Jordan Kyrou and Pavel Buchnevich had two assists each, and Kyrou's two primary helpers came in a 24-second span in the second period.

Kyrou assisted on goals by Hayes and Schenn, spelling the Buffalo push and restoring a Blues lead after they blew a 3-0 lead.

In setting up Hayes, Kyrou hit him on the doorstep with a pinpoint pass following Schenn's disruption of a Buffalo exit by Mattias Samuelsson. On Schenn's goal — his second of the evening — Kyrou did the heavy lifting almost by himself.


He won a race to the puck in the Buffalo zone, cut to the middle, drew Sabres goaltender Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen out of the net and whirled a no-look pass to the slot. Schenn had a vacant goal to hit.

St. Louis won despite finishing with just 20 shots on goal, as Jordan Binnington made 41 saves.

Blink and you miss it

If you weren’t paying attention to the faceoff, odds are you might have missed the first two Blues goals of the night, both of which were scored seconds after St. Louis won a draw.


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