Sabres back in black with win over St. Louis

Jeff Skinner scored twice in front of full house in victory

Buffalo, N.Y. (WGR 550) - The Buffalo Sabres picked up right where they left off the night before in Montreal, handing the St. Louis Blues a 6-2 defeat in front of a raucous crowd at KeyBank Center on Wednesday night.

The Sabres scored right away for the second-straight night, as Jeff Skinner's goal 18 seconds into the night gave the team a 1-0 lead. Alex Tuch received the lone assist on the game's first goal.

The Sabres were credited with 11 shots on goal in the opening period, and had several other quality scoring opportunities that did not count toward the shot total.

St. Louis had eight shots of their own in the first.

The Blues scored on the power play less than a minute into the second period when a fortunate bounce ended up in the Sabres' net. A pass to the top of the crease hit off of Mattias Samuelsson's skate and gave Pavel Buchnevich his sixth goal of the year.

Buffalo then answered with three-straight goals to open up a 4-1 lead midway through the middle period.

Dylan Cozens buried a 3-on-1 opportunity in the offensive zone to give the Sabres a one-goal lead. Vinnie Hinostroza and JJ Peterka assisted on the goal.

The first of back-to-back power play goals came thanks to a Victor Olofsson one-timer after being given the puck by Owen Power.

Jeff Skinner dazzled for his second goal of the night that extended the Sabres' lead to three by creating space in the slot with Nick Leddy in the penalty box.

The Blues thought they had pulled to within a pair of goals on Buchnevich's second goal of the night, but a successful challenge for offside took the goal off the board and kept the score 4-1 in favor of Buffalo. Vladimir Tarasenko was the player in ahead of the puck that negated the score.

Jack Quinn scored his second goal of the season in the third period, using Ivan Barbashev as a screen to hide his wrist shot. Quinn's goal that beat Jordan Binnington extended the Sabres' lead to 5-1 midway through the third period.

Quinn then added his second goal of the period minutes later to extend Buffalo's lead to 6-1.

Brayden Schenn scored moments later to trim the Blues' deficit to 6-2, but it was too little, too late.

Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen made 34 saves on the night to help lead the Sabres to victory in the first game wearing the new black and red "goathead" third jersey.

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Scoring Summary:

First Period:
BUF: 0:18 - Jeff Skinner (8) (Alex Tuch)

Second Period:
BUF: 2:53 - Dylan Cozens (5) (Vinnie Hinostroza, JJ Peterka); 5:57 - Victor Olofsson (10) PPG (Owen Power, Casey Mittelstadt); 13:01 - Jeff Skinner (9) PPG (Alex Tuch)
STL: 0:53 - Pavel Buchnevich (6) PPG (Jordan Kyrou, Robert Thomas)

Third Period:
BUF: 12:44 - Jack Quinn (2) (Unassisted); 18:43 - Jack Quinn (3) (Unassisted)
STL: 18:56 - Brayden Schenn (6) (Noel Accari, Ivan Barbashev)


Penalty Summary:

First Period:
BUF: 5:36 - Casey Mittelstadt (High sticking - 2 min.); 20:00 - Tage Thompson (Tripping - 2 min.)
STL: 4:24 - Vladimir Tarasenko (Tripping - 2 min.)

Second Period:
STL: 4:49 - Jordan Kyrou (Slashing - 2 min.); 11:19 - Nick Leddy (Hooking - 2 min.)

Third Period:
BUF: 19:55 - Vinnie Hinostroza (Roughing - 2 min.)




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Losi and Gangi Three Stars of the Game:

1. Jeff Skinner
2. Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen
3. Jack Quinn


What's next:

The Sabres will remain home to host the New Jersey Devils on Friday night at KeyBank Center. The puck drops on the flasghip home of the Sabres Radio Network - WGR Sports Radio 550 - at 8 p.m. EST the day after Thanksgiving. Pregame coverage with Brian Koziol starts our coverage at 7 p.m. EST.

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