Blues 4, Sabres 1
BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Left winger Brenden Morrow scored two goals to lead the St. Louis Blues to a 4-1 win over the Buffalo Sabres Tuesday night.
Right winger Vladimir Tarasenko and left winger Magnus Paajarvi also scored for the Blues (14-3-3), who bounced back from a rare loss Sunday against Washington. Goaltender Jaroslav Halak made 23 saves in the win.
Right winger Tyler Ennis scored the only goal for the Sabres (5-17-1) while goaltender Ryan Miller made 27 saves in the loss.
The Sabres jumped out of the gates, scoring just 10 seconds into the game. After Blues defenseman Jay Bouwmeester missed the puck in his own left circle, Buffalo center Ville Leino burst forward and found Ennis streaking toward the net. Ennis then beat Halak for his fourth goal of the season.
It was the quickest goal for the Sabres in nearly five years. Right winger Drew Stafford scored 10 seconds into a game against Edmonton on Jan. 27, 2009.
It was all St. Louis after that. Morrow evened the score at 1 one minute later, scoring on a wrist shot at 1:09. Morrow was the beneficiary of a pretty, behind the back pass from right winger Chris Stewart.
St. Louis took a 2-1 lead before the end of the first period on a power-play goal from Tarasenko. After right winger T.J. Oshie's shot was blocked in front of the Buffalo crease, Tarasenko had an open side of the net and buried the rebound for his seventh goal of the season.
Morrow made it 3-1 with 5:51 left in the second period on his second goal of the evening. Like his first goal, this also came on a terrific feed from Stewart. Stewart forced a Buffalo turnover behind the Sabres net and fired the puck to Morrow, who was wide open in the slot.
Paajarvi made it 4-1 6:10 into the final period with a blast through traffic from the left circle.
NOTES: Prior to the game, the Sabres assigned three of their youngest players -- D Rasmus Ristolainen, C Johan Larsson and C Mikhail Grigorenko -- to their AHL affiliate, the Rochester Americans. Ristolainen was chosen eighth overall by Buffalo in June's draft. Grigorenko was sent down on a conditioning assignment and can remain in Rochester for up to 14 days. D Nikita Zadorov, chosen 16th overall, was also reassigned to the OHL's London Knights. ... Sabres D Mike Weber was activated off of injured reserve and suited up against the Blues. ... D Carlo Colaiacovo, C Patrik Berglund and RW Adam Cracknell were scratched for the Blues.