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Maxim Lapierre, Cody Hodgson
Buffalo Sabres' Cody Hodgson, right, and St. Louis Blues' Maxim Lapierre chase after a loose puck during the first period of an NHL hockey game on Thursday, April 3, 2014, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

Blues Hold Off Sabres 2-1

The Blues set a new franchise mark with 52 wins on Thursday, beating the Sabres 2-1. Cody Hodgson scored Buffalo's lone goal -- a late power play tally -- and Nathan Lieuwen stopped 26 shots in the loss.

The Blues opened the scoring about two minutes into the second period on Maxim Lapierre's eighth goal of the season. The St. Louis forward let a shot rip from the slot and beat Lieuwen to put St. Louis ahead 1-0. Brenden Morrow made it 2-0 with just 1:52 remaining in regulation. Morrow was credited with the goal after his rebound attempt slid over the goalline following a scramble in front of the net.

Cody Hodgson's power play goal less than a minute later cut the deficit in half, but the Blues held on for the win. Elliott made 24 saves in the victory, getting the start over Ryan Miller. Former Sabres captain Steve Ott was held to just one shot on net with zero hits. Derek Roy registered two shots over 13:52 of ice time.

The Sabres travel to Detroit on Friday for a 7:30 p.m. start against the Red Wings. Hear the call on WGR 550 and the Buffalo Sabres Radio Network.

1st Period



2nd Period

1:59 - STL - Maxim Lapierre (8) (Ryan Reaves)

3:57 - BUF - Brian Flynn (2 min., interference)
8:14 - STL - Brenden Morrow (2 min., high-sticking)
11:08 - STL - Vladimir Sobotka (2 min., holding)

3rd Period

18:08 - STL - Brenden Morrow (13) (Vladimir Sobotka, Jaden Schwartz)
19:04 - BUF - Cody Hodgson (18) (PPG) (Tyler Ennis, Ville Leino)

3:12 - BUF - Matt D'Agostini (2 min., slashing)
18:50 - STL - David Backes (2 min., interference)

BUF - Nathan Lieuwen (26 saves, 28 shots)
STL - Brian Elliott (24 saves, 25 shots)

Power Plays
BUF - 1 of 3
STL - 0 of 2

Three Stars
1.) STL - Brian Elliott (24 saves)
2.) STL - Maxim Lapierre (1 G, 0 A)
3.) STL - Brenden Morrow (1 G, 0 A)

With the gap down to 4 points and Toronto at FNC tomorrow, what do you think?
  Don't sweat it. We'll get this.
  This will be one of the biggest Buffalo heartbreakers ever.
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