The Buffalo Sabres took it on the chin last night against the St. Louis Blues losing 4 – 1. Ted Nolan in his post game scrum told the media that “the St. Louis blues gave us a hockey lesson tonight”.
The Buffalo Sabres came out fast and scored only 10 seconds into the game when the puck took a funny bounce off the linesman right onto Ville Lieno’s stick. Lieno moved the puck quickly to the front of the net where Tyler Ennis directed the puck through the five hole of Blues goalie Jaroslav Halak. Not even a minute later the Blues came back and Brendan Morrow wristed his third goal of the year past Ryan Miller. St. Louis was a fast, crisp passing team that pursued and managed the puck over a mostly frantic Buffalo Sabres team. The Blues scored with less than a minute to play in the first on the power play courtesy of Vladimir Tarasenko who picked up his 7th of the year.
The only goal in the second period was a slap shot off the stick of Brenden Morrow who registered his second of the game. Buffalo certainly did not disappear they put out a consistent effort but they just could not match the skill level of the opposing team on this night.
The third period showed much the same as most previous nights at the First Niagara Center where the opposition has the game well in hand and sits back waiting for the game to end. Hopefully at some time in the not to distant future Buffalo will burn teams that fall into this third period malaise. Magnus Paajarvi finished the scoring on the night with another slap shot just over six minutes into the third.
Ryan Miller was only average on the night with a .870 save percentage. The Sabres were out shot of course but it was a respectable 31 against and 24 for.
The Buffalo Sabres will next take on the the Philadelphia Flyers in Philly and will return home to face the Detroit Red Wings on Sunday in a late afternoon start. You can still pick up great tickets through our website here. By purchasing great tickets at great prices through our site we make a commission which certainly helps cover the costs of running the site.