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National Hockey League
St. Louis 5, Buffalo 1
When: 8:00 PM ET, Thursday, January 9, 2020
Where: Enterprise Center, St. Louis, Missouri
Referees: Mitch Dunning, Brad Meier
Linesmen: David Brisebois, Kiel Murchison
Attendance: 18096

Alexander Steen scored his first two goals of the season to lead the St. Louis Blues past the visiting Buffalo Sabres 5-1 Thursday night.

The Blues won their seventh consecutive home game and improved to 10-2-1 overall in their last 13 games.

Robert Thomas and Tyler Bozak each had a goal and two assists for the Blues, who outshot the Sabres 31-19. David Perron also scored and goaltender Jordan Binnington made 18 saves.

Jack Eichel scored for the Sabres, who lost their sixth consecutive road game. Linus Ullmark, making his eighth consecutive start in goal, made 26 saves.

The Blues struck first when Thomas scored 4:47 into the game, slicing to his left through the right circle to bury a pass from Bozak.

The duo struck again about nine minutes later to put the Blues up 2-0. Bozak cut to his right from the left circle to convert a centering pass from Thomas, who had doubled back behind the net.

Eichel cut the lead to 2-1 in the second period, curling from the left wing into the slot to beat Binnington. That extended Eichel's point streak to five games.

But Perron restored the Blues' two-goal margin about six minutes later, blasting away on the power play from straight away out high.

Perron has seven goals and eight assists in his last 11 games and three goals and two assists in his last three.

Jaden Schwartz thought he scored later in the period, but a successful coach's challenge erased his goal. For the second consecutive game, a replay review detected Jordan Kyrou offside on a would-be scoring rush.

Steen started and finished a goal-mouth flurry that made it 4-1 in the third period. Bozak and Thomas earned assists in the sequence. Later Steen capped the scoring with an empty-netter.

The Blues missed key defenseman Colton Parayko for a third consecutive game due to an upper-body injury. Rookie Niko Mikkola replaced him again and earned his first NHL point in his second game by assisting on Bozak's goal.

--Field Level Media

Top Game Performances
 
Buffalo   St. Louis
Jack Eichel 1 Points Alexander Steen 3
Jack Eichel 1 Goals Alexander Steen 2
Rasmus Dahlin 1 Assists Tyler Bozak 2
N/A Power Play Goals David Perron 1
N/A Short Handed Goals N/A
Linus Ullmark .867 Save Percentage Jordan Binnington .947
Linus Ullmark 26 Saves Jordan Binnington 18
Team Stats Summary
 
Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
Buffalo 19 1 0-1 0-1 4 24
St. Louis 31 5 1-1 1-1 4 30
Upcoming Games
  • St. Louis will play their next game at home against NY Rangers. The Blues have a W/L % of .750 after a win and .412 after a loss.
  • Buffalo will play their next game at home against Vancouver. The Sabres have a W/L % of .450 after a win and .417 after a loss.