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Blues rally to topple Sabres

BUFFALO, N.Y. — Troy Brouwer and Robby Fabbri scored third-period goals, and the Blues came back to beat the Sabres 2-1 Monday night.

Jake Allen made 24 saves in the win, the Blues' second against Buffalo in the past week. Fabbri was credited with the go-ahead goal when Josh Gorges inadvertently put a rebound into his own net.

David Legwand scored for the Sabres, winless in their past five games.

Legwand took advantage of Nicolas Deslauriers' hard forecheck, snaring a loose puck from behind the net and sliding it off Allen's pad and across the goal line at 16:45 of the second period.

Buffalo missed two good chances to double its lead early in the third, including when Brian Gionta put an in-close shot off the crossbar.

Brouwer found the rebound of Kevin Shattenkirk's point shot and backhanded it past a screened Linus Ullmark at 5:07.

St. Louis went ahead when Gorges unwittingly directed the puck into Buffalo's net with his left skate. Sabres coach Dan Bylsma challenged the call for offside, but the goal stood and was credited to Fabbri at 13:26.

Robert Bertuzzo put a high hit on Tyler Ennis early, spurring Marcus Foligno into a fight with the Blues' defenseman.

Jack Eichel whiffed on a prime chance moments later, as Sam Reinhart stickhandled well to gain a 2-on-1 before slipping a backhand pass across the slot.

Carl Gunnarson headed to the box soon after for a holding penalty following another questionable hit on Ennis, who received a major penalty last week in St. Louis for boarding Alex Pietrangelo.

But Buffalo gave up the puck at its blue line, offering former captain Steve Ott a breakaway. Ullmark sprawled to make a glove save and keep the game scoreless.

Johan Larsson crashed the net and hit the post with an in-tight shot.

Blues center Paul Stastny returned after missing 16 games with a broken foot.

Game highlights: Henrik Lundqvist made 31 saves in his second shutout of the season and the Rangers beat the Predators 3-0 for their ninth straight victory at home. Rick Nash, Derek Stepan and Kevin Hayes scored for New York, which won for the ninth time in 10 games overall (the only loss coming against the Lightning) and improved to 16-3-2. New York's 34 points are tied with Dallas and Montreal for most in the league. … Dmitry Orlov scored with 6:32 left and Braden Holtby made 33 saves as the host Capitals edged the Oilers 1-0.

at Rangers 0 1 2 3
Predators 0 0 0 0

First PeriodNone. PenaltiesGirardi, NYR (interference), 11:07; Yandle, NYR (holding), 13:31; Stepan, NYR, double minor (high-sticking), 16:39.

Second Period1, N.Y. Rangers, Nash 6, 4:32. PenaltiesNash, NYR (tripping), 15:32.

Third Period2, N.Y. Rangers, Stepan 6 (Staal, Hayes), 4:23. 3, N.Y. Rangers, Hayes 6 (Yandle, Lindberg), 10:38 (pp). PenaltiesC.Smith, Nas (tripping), :36; G.Bourque, Nas (tripping), 8:53; Neal, Nas (roughing), 10:45; Josi, Nas (roughing), 17:31; Miller, NYR (roughing), 17:31; Ribeiro, Nas, misconduct, 18:13; Neal, Nas (slashing), 18:13. Shots on GoalNashville 14-11-6—31. N.Y. Rangers 3-4-12—19. Power-play opportunitiesNashville 0 of 5; N.Y. Rangers 1 of 4. GoaliesNashville, Rinne 10-5-3 (19 shots-16 saves). N.Y. Rangers, Lundqvist 12-3-2 (31-31). A18,006 (18,006). T2:29. Referees—Gord Dwyer, Chris Lee. LinesmenMatt MacPherson, Tim Nowak.

Blues 0 0 2 2
at Sabres 0 1 0 1

First PeriodNone. PenaltiesBortuzzo, StL, major (fighting), 1:54; Foligno, Buf, major (fighting), 1:54; Gunnarsson, StL (holding), 5:27.

Second Period1, Buffalo, Legwand 1, 16:45. PenaltiesBackes, StL (slashing), 8:50.

Third Period2, St. Louis, Brouwer 5 (Shattenkirk, Backes), 5:07. 3, St. Louis, Fabbri 3, 13:26. PenaltiesGunnarsson, StL (closing hand on puck), 19:00. Shots on GoalSt. Louis 8-7-11—26. Buffalo 8-10-7—25. Power-play opportunitiesSt. Louis 0 of 0; Buffalo 0 of 3. GoaliesSt. Louis, Allen 10-4-1 (25 shots-24 saves). Buffalo, Ullmark 4-4-1 (26-24). A17,563 (19,070). T2:28. Referees—Rob Martell, Wes McCauley. LinesmenAndy McElman, Pierre Racicot.

at Capitals 0 0 1 1
Oilers 0 0 0 0

First PeriodNone. PenaltiesT.Wilson, Was (holding), 15:25.

Second PeriodNone. PenaltiesGryba, Edm (hooking), 1:53; Gryba, Edm (tripping), 6:45; Backstrom, Was, double minor (high-sticking), 8:28.

Third Period1, Washington, Orlov 2 (T.Wilson, Laich), 13:28. PenaltiesYakupov, Edm (holding stick), 5:21. Shots on GoalEdmonton 13-10-10—33. Washington 7-8-15—30. Power-play opportunitiesEdmonton 0 of 3; Washington 0 of 3. GoaliesEdmonton, Nilsson 4-5-1 (30 shots-29 saves). Washington, Holtby 12-4-0 (33-33). A18,506 (18,506). T2:21. Referees—Eric Furlatt, Frederick L'Ecuyer. LinesmenMike Cvik, Tony Sericolo.

Blues rally to topple Sabres 11/23/15 [Last modified: Monday, November 23, 2015 10:40pm]
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