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Courtesy of The AP

Blues stump Sabres 4-1



Buffalo, NY (WGR 550)  -- Welcome once again into the Ted Darling Memorial Press Box, high atop ice level at First Niagara Center. The Buffalo Sabres embark on their third game of the Pat LaFontaine/Ted Nolan era as they welcome the St. Louis Blues into town for their only appearance of the regular season.

It seems like the blue and gold are making news everyday, and today was no different. The team announced that the four youngsters - Johan Larsson, Rasmus Ristolainen, Johan Larsson, and Mikhail Grigorenko were sent either down to the minors or Juniors. For more details, including Grigorenko's temporary stay in the AHL, click here.

Tonight also marks the return of Derek Roy,  and will be greeted by the Buffalo fans in one fashion or another tonight. Roy is on his fourth team since being dealt by Buffalo two off-season's ago. He spent less than a season in Dallas after being dealt to Vancouver at the 2013 trading deadline. He signed a free agent deal with the Blues this past summer.

Be sure to add your two cents throughout the night, and I will add my thoughts in between the scoring plays. You can also interact with Brian Koziol and myself on Twitter: @BrianWGR and @PatWGR.

First Period

19:50 - SABRES GOAL. Well, that did not take long. Jay Bouwmeester overskated a puck dumped into the St. Louis zone, Ville Leino grabbed the puck and dished it to Tyler Ennis. Good start on the opening shift of the game. 1-0 BUF.

18:51 - BLUES GOAL. Brenden Morrow answered quickly for the Blues as he had a screen in front of the net and Ryan Miller did not fully see the puck. There goes the early hot start. 1-1 tie.

9:53 - Despite being outshot 10-4 in this period, I have liked the level of compete by Buffalo. They were ready to go right off the hop, but have failed to really get the puck to the net despite their efforts. Regardless, the effort is there.

6:38 - Tyler Ennis has been a man possessed tonight, and it results in a power play. Chris Stewart is called for roughing after the whistle. Let's see if Buffalo can re-gain the lead here.

5:11 - That power play was a dud. No real chances for the blue and gold, and we are back to even strength. Buffalo is being outshot 11-6 at the moment.

2:10 - Now Ennis is in the penalty box, and the Sabres will try to kill off his tripping minor late in this frame.

:35.9 - BLUES GOAL. With Ennis in the penalty box, Mike Weber gets caught napping in front of his crease, and Vladimir Tarasenko is able to pounce on a rebound to give St. Louis a late lead. 2-1 STL.

End of Period

Goal Summary

BUF: 0:10 - Tyler Ennis (4) (Ville Leino, Henrik Tallinder)
STL: 1:09  -Brenden Morrow (3) (Chris Stewart, Roman Polak). 19:24 - Vladimir Tarasenko (7) PPG (T.J. Oshie, Jaden Schwartz).

Penalty Summary

BUF: 5:59 - Tyler Ennis (2 min., tripping). 17:30 - Tyler Ennis (2 min., interference). 19:24 - Steve Ott (2 min., hooking).
STL: 12:39 - Chris Stewart (2 min., roughing).

Shots on Goal

BUF - 6, STL - 14

Second Period

18:20 - Steve Ott's hooking minor has ended and Buffalo kills the carry over off.

13:22 - This has been a very ho-hum period thus far. The pace has been good, but neither team has really gotten a good chance off. There is a whole heck a lot of puck possession, but not much else.

9:35 - So, um...shots are 5-5 but no real action in the middle stanza. Sorry, there is nothing going on.

9:24 - Tarasenko goes to the box for boarding Tyler Myers inside of the Buffalo zone. Miller raced to the bench, but could not get off in favor of the extra attacker before the whistle was blown.

7:30 - Buffalo had three Grade-A scoring chances, but could not slam any of them home. Ville Leino with a pair of them along the near side, and Mark Pysyk had the other on the third chance opportunity. Jaroslav Halak made a spectacular play to deny the Sabres.

5:51 - BLUES GOAL. Mark Pysyk is caught napping in front of his own net, while Brenden Morrow nets his second goal of the game. It was a laser into the top corner of the net, from a nice pass by Chris Stewart. Another defensive breakdown in front og Ryan Miller. 3-1 STL.
End of Period

Goal Summary

BUF: none
STL: 14:09 - Brenden Morrow (4) (Chris Stewart)

Penalty Summary

BUF: none
STL: 10:36 - Vladimir Tarasenko (2 min., boarding)

Shots on Goal

BUF - 9 (15), STL - 8 (22)

Third Period

16:10 - It just feels like one of those nights where the Sabres are going to have to score quickly this period to have a chance to tie it. The later this game gets, the more defensive the Blues will get with the puck.

13:50 - BLUES GOAL. Magnus Paajarvi nets his first goal, and first point, since coming over from Edmonton and that feels like the dagger. 4-1 STL.

9:45 - I haven't really noticed Alexander Steen much tonight. He is on the Blues top line, logging more than 13 minutes of ice time, but I find myself wondering where he has been. Give the Sabres credit, Steen leads the league in goals (17) and points (26).

4:51 - You could have fooled me with the 17-shot total of this period. St. Louis outshooting the Sabres 9-8 at the moment, but I am struggling to find two good shots on goal of that bunch. Yeesh.

1:36 - Let the clock roll on this one. Fans have been leaving steadily as the game has gotten closer to the end.

End of Game

Goal Summary

BUF: none
STL: 6:10 - Magnus Paajarvi (1) (Ryan Reaves, Jay Bouwmeester)

Penalty Summary

BUF: none
STL: none

Shots on Goal

BUF - 9 (24), STL - 9 (31)

Final Thoughts

Was this not one of the most vanilla games that we have seen recently?! The Sabres had good puck possession tonight, but were kept to the outside most of the game. It is what you would expect out of a team that is right at the front of the top heavy Western Conference. We are seeing again that this Buffalo team just is not very good. They are regressing back to the mean after the emotional start to the Ted Nolan era on Friday night. Next up for the blue and gold is a date with the Philadelphia Flyers on Thursday night. The Sabres drop the puck in the City of Brotherly Love at seven o'clock, with the pregame coverage on the flagship home of the Sabres Radio Network - WGR Sports Radio 550 at 6 p.m.

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