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Early outburst helps Sabres keep Blues struggling

Nov 13, 2008 - 4:08 AM BUFFALO, New York (Ticker) -- An early flurry of goals helped the Buffalo Sabres snap a long home losing streak against the St. Louis Blues.

Adam Mair, Tim Connolly and Jason Pominville scored less than three minutes apart early in the first period Wednesday and the Sabres held on for a 4-3 victory over the Blues.

Defenseman Henrik Tallinder also tallied and Ryan Miller made 30 saves for Buffalo, which recorded its first home victory over St. Louis since October 22, 1995 - a span of nine games.

"I thought we came out really well in the game," Sabres coach Lindy Ruff said. "We did a lot of good things in tonight's game vs. what we did in Boston (on Saturday). That was probably the most scoring chances we generated in one game, and we didn't really give up a lot."

Just 22 seconds after Andrew Peters and David Koci were sent to the penalty box for fighting, the Sabres got on the board at 2:46, when Mair unleashed a slap shot from the top of the slot that sailed just under the crossbar for a 1-0 lead.

Connolly doubled the advantage at 4:55, deflecting Jochen Hecht's centering pass from the right side of the net past goaltender Manny Legace. Connolly's tip went between Legace's pads and bounced off the goalpost and a defender before entering the net.

"I felt great going into the game, I'm just not stopping the puck, it's as simple as that," Legace said. "I'm just not doing the job. It's no one's fault but my own."

Legace was pulled after Buffalo added a third goal - on its seventh shot - just 23 seconds later. Connolly centered the puck from behind the net to Pominville, who beat the veteran netminder to the stick side with a wrist shot.

"Tonight was a night where we got a couple, but we easily could have gotten a few more," Pominville said. "We've had a tough time finding the net, but we got two. We got going, and hopefully we can help the team that way."

St. Louis got one back with 5:53 remaining in the first period, when David Perron netted his first of the season, beating Miller with a bad-angle shot from below the left faceoff circle.

The Blues cut the deficit to 3-2 at 3:27 of the second period. Keith Tkachuk's centering pass bounced in front of the net, and rookie Patrik Berglund batted the puck on his backhand past Miller.

Tallinder made it a 4-2 game 3:34 into the third period before Lee Stempniak pulled the Blues back within one with 11:52 left to play. Perron recorded his second assist of the game on St. Louis' goal, setting up Stempniak right in front of the crease.

"Of course we want to build on this positive attitude, but I think we still can play better," said Tallinder, who also had an assist. "We were a little bit up and down today. I think maybe instead of playing 50 minutes, we can play 60 minutes. We need to be solid all over for 60 minutes."

With goaltender Chris Mason pulled for an extra attacker, the Blues supplied heavy pressure in the final minute but could not get the equalizer past Miller, extending their losing streak to six games (0-5-1).

"It's just unfortunate we could not come back and get the win," Perron said. "After the 3-0 (deficit), we just wanted to step up and play better in the second and third (periods)."

Mason turned aside 24 shots after replacing Legace.

"I don't know if there's a lot to be encouraged about," Blues coach Andy Murray said. "We've played hard in all but one of our games this year. We don't have a lot of results to show for it simply because we are hurting ourselves at the beginning of games. You get down like that, you have to chase it all night."






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    FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
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    ST LOUIS 1 1 1 3
    BUFFALO 3 0 1 4 FINAL
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: BUF - ADAM MAIR 3 (PAUL GAUSTAD, TONI LYDMAN) 2:46
    BUF - TIM CONNOLLY 2 (JOCHEN HECHT, HENRIK TALLINDER) 4:55
    BUF - JASON POMINVILLE 5 (TIM CONNOLLY, JOCHEN HECHT) 5:18
    STL - DAVID PERRON 1 (PATRIK BERGLUND, LEE STEMP

    Nov 12 9:36 PM
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    ST LOUIS 3
    BUFFALO 4
    3RD PRD: STL - LEE STEMPNIAK 2 (DAVID PERRON) 8:08

    Blues 3, Sabres 4  3rd - 11:52Nov 12 9:14 PM


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    ST LOUIS 2
    BUFFALO 4
    3RD PRD: BUF - HENRIK TALLINDER 1 (DANIEL PAILLE, ADAM MAIR) 3:34

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    END OF THE 2ND 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
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    ST LOUIS 1 1 2
    BUFFALO 3 0 3 END OF THE 2ND
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: BUF - ADAM MAIR 3 (PAUL GAUSTAD, TONI LYDMAN) 2:46
    BUF - TIM CONNOLLY 2 (JOCHEN HECHT, HENRIK TALLINDER) 4:55
    BUF - JASON POMINVILLE 5 (TIM CONNOLLY, JOCHEN HECHT) 5:18
    STL - DAVID PERRON 1 (PATRIK BERGLU

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    ST LOUIS 2
    BUFFALO 3
    2ND PRD: STL - PATRIK BERGLUND 5 (DAVID PERRON, KEITH TKACHUK) 3:27

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    END OF THE 1ST 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
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    ST LOUIS 1 1
    BUFFALO 3 3 END OF THE 1ST
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: BUF - ADAM MAIR 3 (PAUL GAUSTAD, TONI LYDMAN) 2:46
    BUF - TIM CONNOLLY 2 (JOCHEN HECHT, HENRIK TALLINDER) 4:55
    BUF - JASON POMINVILLE 5 (TIM CONNOLLY, JOCHEN HECHT) 5:18
    STL - DAVID PERRON 1 (PATRIK BERGLU

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    ST LOUIS 1
    BUFFALO 3
    1ST PRD: STL - DAVID PERRON 1 (PATRIK BERGLUND, LEE STEMPNIAK) 14:07

    Blues 1, Sabres 3  1st - 5:53Nov 12 7:39 PM


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    ST LOUIS 0
    BUFFALO 3
    1ST PRD: BUF - JASON POMINVILLE 5 (TIM CONNOLLY, JOCHEN HECHT) 5:18

    Blues 0, Sabres 3  1st - 14:42Nov 12 7:22 PM


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    ST LOUIS 0
    BUFFALO 2
    1ST PRD: BUF - TIM CONNOLLY 2 (JOCHEN HECHT, HENRIK TALLINDER) 4:55

    Blues 0, Sabres 2  1st - 15:05Nov 12 7:19 PM


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    ST LOUIS 0
    BUFFALO 1
    1ST PRD: BUF - ADAM MAIR 3 (PAUL GAUSTAD, TONI LYDMAN) 2:46

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