Buffalo Sabres goalie Patrick Lalime (40) makes a save in the second period of an NHL hockey game against the St. Louis Blues, Sunday, Dec. 27, 2009 in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Tom Gannam) By Tom Gannam
St. Louis Blues goalie Ty Conklin (29) makes a save on a shot by Buffalo Sabres' Clarke MacArthur (41) in the first period of an NHL hockey game, Sunday, Dec. 27, 2009 in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Tom Gannam) By Tom Gannam
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Tim Connolly scored twice in Buffalo's three-goal third and had an assist in the Sabres' 5-3 victory over the St. Louis Blues on Sunday night.
Mike Grier also had two goals and an assist, and Jochen Hecht added a goal for the Sabres, down 3-2 after two periods. Tim Kennedy, Jason Pominville and St. Louis product Chris Butler each had two assists.
Alex Steen scored twice, and Eric Brewer added a goal for St. Louis.
The Blues have dropped two straight after winning three in a row. They fell to 6-12-2 on home ice after losing for only the second time in regulation (12-2-3) when leading after two periods.
Connolly's power-play goal gave the Sabres a 4-3 lead 7:22 into the final period. He redirected Butler's feed past Ty Conklin.
Connolly iced the game, backhanding home a short-handed goal with 3:14 remaining after getting a feed from Grier.
Grier picked up his second of the game after a redirection of Kennedy's pass that Conklin appeared to have covered up. However, the puck somehow squirted through 3:15 into the third period to tie it at 3-3.
Steen opened the scoring for the Blues at 10:12 of the first period. He intercepted Craig Rivet's pass along the right boards, skated into the right circle and beat former Blues goalie Patrik Lalime high to the stick side.
The Sabres countered and got the equalizer when Hecht, another former Blue, skated around the goal and whipped a low shot past Conklin at 15:52 of the first.
The Sabres grabbed a 2-1 lead when Grier got a cross-ice feed from Kennedy and beat Conklin 7:47 into the second period. The Blues regained the lead on Brewer's 50th career goal, and Steen's second of the game.
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