Buffalo at St. Louis

Guerin's second goal pushes Blues past Sabres in overtime

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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ST. LOUIS -- Just seven games into the Andy Murray era, the St. Louis Blues got their first three-game winning streak in nearly a year.

Bill Guerin scored his second goal of the game in overtime to lift the Blues to a 3-2 victory over the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday night. It was their season-high third consecutive victory and their first such streak since Feb. 2-8.

"It's a good feeling, I'll tell you that," Guerin said. "It's something we're starting to get used to around here. We're working hard everyday, buying into the system. We've been rewarded lately and we just want to continue to do that."

Guerin, who tied the game with a goal in the third, took a feed from Doug Weight near the Sabres' net and knocked in his team-leading 15th goal of the season 1:35 into overtime. Weight took the puck near the blue line and skated deep into the Sabres' zone before passing across the ice for his 18th assist of the year.

The victory gave the Blues a 2-16 record this season in games they trailed following the second period. The Sabres, conversely, are now 17-2-1 when holding the lead heading into the third.

Both Guerin and Blues goalie Manny Legace, who made 21 stops, say the difference between St. Louis under Murray -- who replaced the fired Mike Kitchen on Dec. 11 -- is a belief in his system.

"The boys have bought into it and are playing their roles, taking pride in what they do," Legace said. "That's the big difference and it's very nice to watch."

The Sabres seemed to take a 3-1 lead on Jochen Hecht's second goal of the game early in the third period. However, the referees reviewed the play and waived off the goal, claiming Hecht kicked the puck into the net.

"I knew it hit my foot, but I didn't think I made a good connection," Hecht said. "I opened up my foot, it got hit and went in the net. I thought it was a good goal."

Guerin tied the game at 2 midway through the third period with his team-leading 14th goal, after Jay McClement's blast hit his leg and went past Buffalo goalie Martin Biron seconds after the Sabres killed off a power-play.

Teppo Numminen left the penalty box following his 2-minute minor for interference but barely got back on the ice before Guerin scored.

Maxim Afinogenov had two assists in the second period to help the Sabres take a 2-1 lead. He assisted Hecht on his 100th career goal to tie the score at 1 early in the period and Jason Pominville scored after he knocked the puck away from defenseman Barret Jackman to Afinogenov deep in the Blues zone. Afinogenov immediately gave it back to Pominville who put it past Legace to give the Sabres the one-goal advantage.

Ryan Johnson scored late in the first to give the Blues a 1-0 lead, marking the seventh-consecutive game in which St. Louis has scored first.

Notes

  • Guerin two goals gave him 24 points this season, tying him for the team-lead with Keith Tkachuk.
  • St. Louis has not won three-consecutive games in regulation since October of the 2003-04 season.
  • This was the only meeting of the teams this season.
  • The Blues and Sabres last met March 7, 2004, in Buffalo with St. Louis winning 5-1, giving it eight consecutive victories over Buffalo.
  • The Blues have allowed nine goals during regulation in the past five games.
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Much excitement for the Blues after Bill Guerin (right) nets the winner in the extra period. (AP)
Much excitement for the Blues after Bill Guerin (right) nets the winner in the extra period. (AP)

Scoreboard
Buffalo (25-7-3)02002
St. Louis  (10-19-6) «10113
Three Stars
M. Legace
STL


Saves: 21
Save Pct.: .913
J. McClement
STL


Goals: 0
Assist(s): 1
R. Johnson
STL


Goals: 1
Assist(s): 0
Scoring Summary
1ST PERIOD
05:31Ryan Johnson (4), Snap Shot - Assists: Christian Backman and Dan Hinote
2ND PERIOD
01:20Jochen Hecht (9), Snap Shot - Assists: Daniel Briere and Jason Pominville
16:38Jason Pominville (17), Backhand Shot - Assist: Daniel Briere
3RD PERIOD
09:28Bill Guerin (14), Tip-In - Assists: Jay McClement and Christian Backman
OT
01:35Bill Guerin (15), Wrist Shot - Assist: Doug Weight
Penalty Summary
1ST PERIOD
07:18Wideman: Hooking - 2 min.
11:45Novotny: Interference - 2 min.
2ND PERIOD
09:50Rucinsky: Hooking - 2 min.
3RD PERIOD
07:23Numminen: Interference - 2 min.
12:00Salvador: Hooking - 2 min.
OT
None
SHOTS ON GOAL
 123OTT
Buffalo6116023
St. Louis13712133
Goalies
GoalieMINSSGA
Martin Biron 61:29293
Manny Legace 61:35212
GAME INFORMATION
Attendance - 12513
Game Time - 61:35
Referees - Chris Lee, Brad Meier
Line Judges - Andy McElman, Dan Schachte
 
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