Despite being severely outmatched by the best team in the Western Conference, the Buffalo Sabres were able to keep things close against the St. Louis Blues, but fell by a final of 2-1 Thursday night at Scottrade Center.
“I was very proud of the way we competed,” Nolan said after the game.
Nathan Lieuwen continues to make his presence felt on the Sabres roster with another very strong outing, stopping 26 of 28 shots against the Blues.
In a true match of David and Goliath, the Sabres were able to hold off the scoring prowess of the Blues for the first period, but the 0-0 tie was short-lived. Just under two minutes into the second period, Maxim Lapierre netted one for St. Louis. Circling around the net, Ryan Reeves found Lapierre open in the slot who fired a wrist-shot past Lieuwen for his eight goal of the season.
It wasn’t until the final two minutes of the third period that the next goal was scored. Brenden Morrow was able to bury a scoring chance on a scramble in front of the Sabres net to make it 2-0. Vladimir Sobotka and Jaden Schwartz both assisted on the goal.
Cody Hodgson was able to break the shutout with under a minute to play on the man-up advantage. Tyler Ennis made a great cross-ice pass to Hodgson who capitalized on the one-timer opportunity. Ville Leino also assisted on the play.
The Sabres travel to Detroit to take on the Red Wings tomorrow at 7:30 PM.
Injury Update: Marcus Foligno left the game in the first period and did not return after injuring his right leg.