Blues Fall to Sabres in Shootout, 4-3

(Photo: Mark Mulville / Buffalo News)

Buffalo, NY –The St. Louis Blues visited the KeyBank Center to faceoff against the Buffalo Sabres. The Blues improved to 37-27-8, picking up a needed point in this one but falling short of victory. St. Louis now has 82 points in 72 games played. The Dallas Stars are right behind them holding the 1st wild card in the west with 80 points in 72 games.

The Blues are 5 points behind the 2nd place Nashville Predators with a game in hand. They’ll face off against the Edmonton Oilers at home on Tuesday to begin a 4 game homestand. St. Louis collected 3 of 6 possible road points on their recent trip. Now, let’s take a look at the Sabres game.

1st Period

At 6:42, Johan Larsson scored his 6th of the season to give the Sabres a 1-0 lead. This goal was assisted by Zach Bogosian (15) and Zemgus Girgensons (12). Girgensons passed the puck down low and immediately went to the front of the net. Bogosian then found Johan Larsson with a cross-ice pass. Brayden Schenn attempted to get a stick on the pass but failed. It looked to me that Girgenson may have set a good screen.


Pat Maroon earned his 200th career point when he scored his 7th goal of the season to knot the game up at 1. Patty displayed some patience on this play, bringing the puck from behind the net out into the right circle and waiting for the perfect time to shoot. Rasmus Ristolainen had just pushed Tyler Bozak past Carter Hutton‘s line of sight, and Maroon let it go. That’s his 2nd goal in as many games.

Evan Rodrigues then put the Sabres back up by 1, scoring his 9th of the year at 14:48. Alexander Nylander (1) and Brandon Montour (24) registered assists on the play. Jake Allen was definitely out of position on this one. His angle was off and he paid for it. Rodrigues crossed the blue line, stopped at the dot, waited and picked his spot. Jay Bouwmeester was caught out of position too, and you can see him chasing down Conor Sheary alongside Alex Steen.

This period ended with a minor penalty called on Brandon Montour for hooking Oskar Sundqvist. The Blues would start the 2nd period on the Power Play. Buffalo lead in shots 10-9 and shot attempts 18-11.

2nd Period

Buffalo killed off the Montour penalty and only allowed the Blues 1 shot on goal with the man advantage.

Conor Sheary then scored his 13th of the season at 7:46. Alexander Nylander registered his 2nd assist of the game and season. Rasmus Dahlin (30) also tallied a helper on the play. Dahlin’s great pass through the neutral zone set Buffalo up with a 2 on 1. Jake Allen’s glove was not in a good position. He wasn’t prepared for Sheary’s wrister to the top shelf.

David Perron went to the box for interference involving Jack Eichel at 10:07. The Sabres went on the Power Play and put 3 shots on goal but did not capitalize. David Perron would come out of the box and decrease the deficit to 1. He scored his 18th of the season with a wrister to post and in. Colton Parayko received his 15th assist on the goal.

Brayden Schenn was penalized for hooking Johan Larsson at 16:28. The Blues killed this penalty and did not allow a shot on goal. The period would again come to close with a Buffalo penalty, this time on Rasmus Ristolainen who interfered with Brayden Schenn at 19:54. 1:56 of Power Play time would carry over into the 3rd period. Shots were an even 11-11 for the 2nd.

3rd Period

The Blues were only able to register a shot on goal on the Power Play to begin the frame. We then saw matching minors at 6:47 to Alex Pietrangelo (roughing) and Evan Rodrigues (interference).

Conor Sheary nearly sealed the deal in the 3rd when he cleanly beat Jake Allen but hit the crossbar.

Brayden Schenn tied the game at 8:41 with a wrap around. A Ryan O’Reilly rebound was Schenn’s for the taking. The Sabres chose to challenge due to the fact that O’Reilly did fall over Hutton, but the goal stood.


Buffalo lead in shots on goal 12-7 for the 3rd period.

Carter Hutton stopped 31 of 34 shots through 3 periods while Jake Allen stopped 30 of 33.

OT/Shootout

Overtime wasn’t enough. The Blues lead in shots 6-1 but could not score. This one needed a shootout. Jack Eichel would score on Allen. Tyler Bozak scored on Hutton. Conor Sheary then shot wide of the net. Perron went for the backhand and was denied. Sam Reinhart beat Allen, and then the pressure was on Ryan O’Reilly who failed to net the game-winner hitting the pipe.

Post Game

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