BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) – Troy Brouwer and Robby Fabbri scored third-period goals, and the St. Louis Blues came back to beat the Buffalo Sabres 2-1 on Monday night.
Jake Allen made 24 saves in the win, the Blues’ second against Buffalo in the last week. Fabbri was credited with the go-ahead goal when Josh Gorges inadvertently put a rebound into his own net.
David Legwand scored for the Sabres, winless in their last five games.
Legwand took advantage of Nicolas Deslauriers’ hard forecheck, snaring a loose puck from behind the net and sliding it off Allen’s pad and across the goal line at 16:45 of the second period.
Buffalo missed two good chances to double its lead early in the third, including when Brian Gionta put an in-close shot off the crossbar.
Brouwer found the rebound of Kevin Shattenkirk’s point shot and backhanded it past a screened Linus Ullmark at 5:07.
St. Louis went ahead when Gorges unwittingly directed the puck into Buffalo’s net with his left skate. Sabres coach Dan Bylsma challenged the call for offside, but the goal stood and was credited to Fabbri at 13:26.
Robert Bertuzzo put a high hit on Tyler Ennis early in the game, spurring Marcus Foligno into a fight with the Blues’ defenseman.
Jack Eichel whiffed on a prime chance moments later, as Sam Reinhart stickhandled well to gain a 2-on-1 before slipping a backhand pass across the slot.
Carl Gunnarson headed to the box soon after for a holding penalty following another questionable hit on Ennis, who received a major penalty last week in St. Louis for boarding Alex Pietrangelo.
But Buffalo gave up the puck at its blue line, offering former captain Steve Ott a breakaway. Ullmark sprawled to make a glove save and keep the game scoreless.
Johan Larsson crashed the net and hit the post with an in-tight shot.
Eichel found Kane at the far post early in the second period, but the left wing sliced his lunging one-timer wide. On the next shift, Deslauriers’ swing at a rebound goal went harmlessly over the puck.
The Blues had trouble manufacturing chances in the second period and went 13:16 without a shot on goal.
A prone Ullmark made a terrific save late in the third, reaching across to deny Brouwer with the paddle of his stick.
The Sabres pulled Ullmark with just more than a minute to play, and Gunnarson took a penalty for closing his hand on the puck. Despite the 6-on-4 advantage, Buffalo failed to get a shot on Allen. NOTES: Blues C Paul Stastny returned after missing 16 games with a broken foot. … The Sabres scratched defenseman Mark Pysyk. … It was the first of three home games in five nights for Buffalo.