ST. LOUIS (AP) — One year ago St. Louis Blues Hats Authentic , Robert Thomas was starring in Buffalo for Team Canada in the IIHF World Junior Championship. Now, he is showcasing his skills against Buffalo for much higher stakes.Thomas had a goal and an assist and Jake Allen made 30 saves to lead the St. Louis Blues to a 4-1 victory over the Sabres on Thursday night.“It kind of feels like it’s been a whole whirlwind and now I ended up here,” Thomas said.“It’s just a dream come true.”Jay Bouwmeester, Pat Maroon and Ryan O’Reilly scored for the Blues.Jack Eichel scored his 15th goal of the season in the second period for the Sabres.Thomas scored his third goal of the season by swatting the rebound of a shot by Vince Dunn underneath Carter Hutton, who inadvertently knocked it into his net with his elbow.“I know I kind of whacked it underneath him,” Thomas said. “I just heard the ref yell goal and I kind of put my hands up.”Hutton stopped 28 of 32 shots in his first appearance against St. Louis after spending the previous two seasons with the Blues. He lost his third consecutive start and fell to 13-11-2 on the season and 0-3-3 against his former teammates.“Obviously, I think I have to be better,” Hutton said.“It’s one of those things. I think I’m real close and playing well, but four is just unacceptable.”Allen improved to 13-10-4. He has won five of his last seven starts and improved to 6-1-0 against Buffalo.“He’s giving us a chance to win every night,” Blues interim coach Craig Berube said about his starting goaltender. “He’s aggressive. He’s challenging. He’s confident right now and we’re playing good in front of him, too.”Bouwmeester pushed the lead to 2-0 10:01 into the second period. He one-timed a feed from David Perron and scored his first goal since Feb. 13, 2018 Custom St. Louis Blues Jerseys , at Nashville.Maroon added some insurance when he backhanded a pass from Thomas past Hutton while positioned behind the goal line. It was his third goal of the season.O’Reilly put the game out of reach when he scored his team-leading 14th goal of the season late in the third period. O’Reilly was making his first appearance against Buffalo since the Sabres traded him to St. Louis during the offseason. He had played three seasons and 224 games with Buffalo.“It’s a big game for us in general, coming off the break and trying to get back into the hunt here,” O’Reilly said. “It’s a big game, especially against a team like that being traded from, it always means a bit more. It feels really good to win that one.”Eichel scored on the power play 17:25 into the second period. The goal was Eichel’s 10th in 10 games and the first of his career against the Blues. Montreal and Florida are the only two teams Eichel has not scored against.Buffalo traveled to St. Louis the morning of the game because of the NHL’s holiday break from Dec. 24-26.“Obviously, it’s not an easy day for us in terms of traveling, getting here, and the schedule,” Eichel said. “But I think that as a group we probably should’ve been a little more mature about the situation and just given ourselves a better chance to win.”NOTES: St. Louis LW Robby Fabbri missed his 10th consecutive game with an upper body injury. Blues interim coach Craig Berube said before the game that Fabbri is physically ready to return to the lineup. . Buffalo has not won in St. Louis since Dec. 27, 2009. . D Rasmus Ristolainen has registered a point in four straight games.UP NEXTSabres: Host Boston on Saturday to open a three-game homestand.Blues: Host Pittsburgh on Saturday. The Detroit Red Wings will be looking for their first win of the season when they visit the Montreal Canadiens at Bell Centre on Monday.The Red Wings (0-3-2) are one of two teams, along with the Florida Panthers (0-2-1), still looking for their first win in this young NHL season.The Red Wings have lost their first five games of a season for the first time since 1980-81.Article continues below ...Detroit is coming off an 8-2 loss to the Boston Bruins on Saturday and have been outscored 23-11 this season. Their minus-12 goal differential is the worst in the NHL by four goals.The Red Wings had a meeting before practice in Montreal on Sunday.“I showed 19 (video) clips today www.officiallightningprostore.com ,” coach Jeff Blashill told the Detroit Free Press. “Not one of them were clips where we didn’t have enough talent to win. That’s not the case. We have good enough players to win, without a shadow of a doubt. We have to make sure that we are doing the work and winning the battles that it takes to win.”Detroit center Frans Nielsen said the Red Wings made it easy for the Bruins and that’s going to have to change for the Red Wings to get into the win column.“They didn’t really have to work for the scoring chances they got,” Nielsen told NHL.com. “I think we basically gave them odd-man rushes against. We’ve got to do a way better job of managing the puck and being harder to play against. This is just so far from what we want to be.”Detroit goaltender Jonathan Bernier made 31 saves against the Bruins.Red Wings defenseman Danny DeKeyser aggravated a hand injury against the Bruins in the first period and did not return. It is expected either rookie Dennis Cholowski or Luke Witkowski will play in his place against the Canadiens.The Red Wings will be playing the second game of a four-game road trip against the Canadiens, who are off to a 2-1-1 start after coming back for a 4-3 shootout win at home against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday.The Canadiens, who lost 3-0 to the Los Angeles Kings in Montreal’s home opener Thursday, trailed the Penguins 2-0 after one period. Tomas Tatar had his first two goals as a Canadien and Brendan Gallagher scored for the Canadiens against the Penguins to help rally them to the win.Canadiens forward Jonathan Drouin, off to a slow start this season, scored the game deciding goal in the shootout and had his first point of the season, an assist on Tatar’s second goal. It was his 100th career assist.“We knew we weren’t playing the right way or skating,” Drouin told the team’s website of the Canadiens start against the Penguins. “We were going back to those bad habits from last year and not throwing pucks at the net. You look at those goals, they’re not pretty to be honest.”“I think the whole team, we pulled together Tampa Bay Lightning T-Shirts Authentic , it wasn’t just our line,” Tatar, who played with Gallagher and Phillip Danault, told montrealcanadiens.com. “Everybody played well since the second period, and we had a lot of pressure since the second period started and I think everybody deserves the credit.” Goaltender Antti Niemi, who started in place of Carey Price, who was given the night off because of the flu, made 25 saves and stopped Penguins stars Evgeni Malkin and Sidney Crosby in the shootout.The Canadiens had the day off Sunday.
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