BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP)—Ryan Miller made 30 saves and Tim Connolly, Adam Mair and Henrik Tallinder each had a goal and an assist in the Buffalo Sabres’ 4-3 victory over the St. Louis Blues on Wednesday night.
Jason Pominville also scored to help the Sabres snap a two-game losing streak and improve to 9-3-3. The Sabres also stopped an eight-game home winless streak against St. Louis that dated to October 1995.
David Perron had a goal and two assists, and Lee Stempniak and Patrik Berglund had a goal and an assist each for the Blues. St. Louis is winless in its last six, with five regulation losses in that span, to drop to 5-8-1.
Chris Mason made 24 saves in relief of starter Manny Legace, who was pulled after Pominville’s goal at 5:18 of the first. Legace allowed three goals on just seven shots in making his second consecutive start after returning from a hip injury.
The Blues were without second-leading scorer Paul Kariya for the third straight game. Kariya has been sidelined by an unspecified lower-body injury, but is expected to return Friday night at Chicago.
The Sabres chased Legace with the first-period spree in which they scored three times in the first 5 minutes. Mair got things rolling with his third 2:46 in, and Connolly made it 2-0 at 4:55.
Twenty-three seconds later, Pominville’s wrist shot from the slot squirted past Legace’s pads to end the goalie’s night.
St. Louis cut it to 3-1 on Perron’s first of the season with just under 6 minutes to go in the first. He banked a shot in off Miller’s right arm from a sharp angle.
Berglund made it 3-2 with his fifth 3 minutes into the second period after batting the puck out of the air past Miller from in tight.
Tallinder upped Buffalo’s edge to 4-2 with his first of the season at 3:34 of the third period. Tallinder took a pass from Daniel Paille and let a wrist shot go from the top of the left circle that eluded Mason.
The Blues made it 4-3 with just under 12 minutes to go when Stempniak converted Perron’s slick pass in the slot.
The Blues will conclude their five-game trip Friday against the Blackhawks. … There were only six minor penalties called, none in the first period. … It’s the second time Legace has been pulled this season. He was yanked after allowing two first-period goals in a game against Los Angeles on Oct. 24. … Berglund extended his points streak to five games. … It was the fastest Buffalo had jumped out to a 3-0 lead since Jan. 14, 2006, against Los Angeles when it scored three times in the first 4:33 of a 10-1 win.