NHL Game Summary - St. Louis at Buffalo
(Sunday, March 7th)
Final Score: St. Louis 5, Buffalo 1
Buffalo, NY (Sports Network) - Petr Cajanek finished with a goal and two assists to lead St. Louis to a 5-1 win over Buffalo at HSBC Arena.
Chris Pronger and Pavol Demitra each notched a goal and an assist while Reinhard Divis made 18 saves for the Blues, who extended their unbeaten streak in the series to 10 games (8-0-2) and earned their second straight victory overall. Dallas Drake and Mike Sillinger also scored.
"This is how we need to play," St. Louis center Doug Weight said.
Derek Roy scored for the Sabres, who went 1-for-8 on the power play and lost for the fifth time in the last seven contests. Martin Biron stopped 20 shots.
"The key was the execution of the special teams," said Buffalo head coach Lindy Ruff. "We never attacked the net."
St. Louis went ahead 2-1 early in the second period. Pronger's first goal in 10 games came on a one-timer from the left circle at 4:21.
The Blues dominated play in the second, holding a 10-2 shot advantage.
St. Louis went ahead 3-1 early in the third period. Demitra registered his 20th goal of the season on a 2-on-0 with Cajanek at 4:47.
Cajanek scored on a breakaway with a low shot with 8:02 to play for St. Louis, and Sillinger capped the scoring nearly seven minutes later.
Drake's 11th goal of the season staked the Blues to a 1-0 lead at 9:05 of the first period. Skating through the left faceoff circle, he tipped in a shot by Weight from the right.
Roy forced a 1-1 tie for Buffalo more than five minutes later on the power play. Positioned near the left crossbar, he deflected a loose puck in the crease past Biron.
Buffalo defenseman Alexei Zhitnik left early in the first period with a shoulder injury. He took a hit along the boards by Drake, who received a charging penalty...Weight finished with two assists for the Blues, who are unbeaten in seven straight trips to Buffalo (5-0-2)...The Sabres last beat St. Louis 3-1 on October 1, 1997.
03/07 22:34:04 ET