The St. Louis Blues scored twice in the third period to continue their dominance over the Buffalo Sabres, notching a 2-1 win at First Niagara Center Monday night.
It was the ninth straight win in the series for the Blues while the Sabres stumbled to 0-3-2 in their last five games.
Robby Fabbri scored the game-winner with 6:34 left in the game as a lose puck bounced in front of Sabres goaltender Linus Ullmark.
The Sabres took a 1-0 lead in the second period when David Legwand scored his first goal with the Sabres with 3:15 left in the period. Josh Gorges took a shot from the point as the Sabres entered the zone. Jake Allen made the save with the rebound going behind the net. Nicolas Deslauriers retrieved the puck and kicked it out in front to Legwand who then gave the Sabres the 1-0 lead.
The Blues tied the game with 14:53 left in the third when Kevin Shattenkirk took a shot that Ullmark saved off his glove, but the puck came back into the slot and Troy Brouwer snapped in the rebound.
Coaches' challenge: The Sabres challenged the Blues second goal for offsides. The replay looked close, but the call of good goal stood. It was the first challenge the Sabres have tried this season. Three challenges by opponents have gone against them.
Ending the scoreless streak: Legwand's goal ended the Sabres scoring drought at 129:49.
Leading after two: The Sabres dropped their first game when leading after two periods (6-1) while the Blues won their first game when trailing after 40 minutes (1-6-2).
Powerless power play: The Sabres went 0 for 2 on the man advantage and are now 0 for 10 in their last three games. Granted, they faced one of the best penalty killing teams in the league. The Blues PK unit has now allowed only one conversion on 18 attempts in its last five games.
Five for fighting: Marcus Foligno took exception to a hit Robert Bortuzzo put on Tyler Ennis in the corner of the offensive zone. He went after Bortuzzo and the two dropped the gloves just 1:54 into the game.
Hello, old friend: Former Sabres captain Steve Ott made his presence known on the penalty kill. With 12:41 left in the first, he tipped the puck past Cody Franson at the blue line and earned a shorthanded breakaway. Linus Ullmark came up with a glove save on the play.
A goalie's best friend: The Sabres had a pair of fantastic scoring chances from Ryan O'Reilly and Johan Larsson as both alone in front of Blues' goalie Jake Allen in a three-minute span in the first. Both had Allen beat. Both hit the post.
Singing the Blues: The Sabres are now on an eight-game losing streak against St. Louis and have lost their last four home games to the Blues. The last Sabres win against the Blues was a 5-3 decision in St. Louis on Dec. 27, 2009. Their last home win came on Nov. 12, 2008.
One Buffalo: The Sabres and Bills played on the same day for the second time this season with both teams winning their respective games on Thursday, Nov. 12. (The Bills defeated the Jets while the Sabres won at the Florida Panthers.) Heading into Monday’s games, the teams played on the same date 210 times with both teams winning 47 times. The Sabres are now 113-65-33 when playing on a Bills game day.
Scratches: The Sabres scratched defenseman Mark Pysyk who is missing his third game with a bone bruise. Forward Tim Schaller was a healthy scratch. St. Louis scratched Joel Edmundson, Ryan Reaves and Scott Gomez.
Counting the house: It was a light crowd with the Bills playing the New England Patriots on Monday Night Football. Attendance was announced at 17,563.
Next up: The Sabres continue their homestand Wednesday with a Thanksgiving Eve game against the Nashville Predators at 7 p.m. in First Niagara Center. It's the first meeting between the clubs this season. The second comes just three days later when they meet in Nashville.