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Hat trick for Lehtera as Blues win 6-1

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St. Louis Blues Vladimir Tarasenko of Russia (L) congratulates teammate Jori Lehtera of Finland for his goal in the first period against the Buffalo Sabres at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis on November 11, 2014. UPI/Bill Greenblatt By BILL GREENBLATT St. Louis Blues Vladimir Tarasenko of Russia (L) congratulates teammate Jori Lehtera of Finland for his goal in the first period against the Buffalo Sabres at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis on November 11, 2014. UPI/Bill Greenblatt By BILL GREENBLATT
St. Louis Blues Kevin Shattenkirk falls over Buffalo Sabres Brian Flynn during first period action at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis on November 11, 2014. UPI/Bill Greenblatt By BILL GREENBLATT St. Louis Blues Kevin Shattenkirk falls over Buffalo Sabres Brian Flynn during first period action at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis on November 11, 2014. UPI/Bill Greenblatt By BILL GREENBLATT

Fighting lead off the third period as the Buffalo Sabres wasted no time going after Alex Steen in his first shift back on the ice after the five minute major penalty. 

Cody McCormick and former Blue Chris Stewart shoved Steen as he skated toward the face-off and that prompted everyone to throw punches. Stewart and McCormick went off the ice with minor penalties for roughing while the Blues were given an extra minor. Carl Gunnarsson received one minor penalty for roughing while the referees gave double minors to Steen. 

While on the power play, Tyler Ennis scored a goal for Sabres. 

But the Sabres went after Steen again after the Blues forward put a shot on goal that was stopped. Mike Weber then shoved Steen into the side of the goal and he was called for a roughing penalty.

The game didn't quiet after that as both the Blues and Sabres commited one more minor penalty each before Buffalo's Nicolas Deslauriers was called for a match penalty for spearing Vladimir Tarasenko.

St. Louis then scored their fourth goal of the game on their five minute power play when David Backes tipped a rocket shot from Kevin Shattenkirk to add insurance to put the Blues up 4-1. Still on the power play, Joakim Lindstrom blasted the puck past the Sabres goaltender for his second goal of the season. Steen did earn assists on both Backes' and Lindstrom's goals. 

And as if to add insult for all the fighting, Linstrom netted another goal to put the Blues up 6-1 and that's how the game would end. 

Steen fights, Lehtera completes the hat trick

The last seven minutes of the second period got crazy with four five minute major penalties handed out for fighting followed by a short-handed goal to complete the hat trick for Jori Lehtera.

While in the offensive zone, Barret Jackman was checked hard on a reverse hit from Mike Weber and went down into the boards. Then as Tyler Ennis took the puck into the Blues defensive zone, Ian Cole deflected his shot and then sent the Sabres' defenseman into the boards. And that's when the fighting started. 

Alex Steen and Ennis began pummelling each other while Cole took on Nikita Zadorov. And in his first career fight, Steen wasted no punches and had blood on his jersey as he was escorted off the ice. All four players were given major penalties while Cole was also given an additional minor for roughing. 

Then while on the penalty kill, Lehtera and Jaden Schwartz connected for Blues first short-handed goal of the season. Schwartz skated down the right-hand side of the ice with a side stepping move around Tyler Myers. Then Schwartz drew Rasmus Ristolainen toward him giving Lehtera an open lane to bury the pass from Schwartz into the net. 

Lehtera, Vladimir Tarasenko and Schwartz have all completed a hat trick this season. 

Tarasenko and Lehtera team up for second goal

As the second period began, Valdimir Tarasenko and Jori Lehtera picked the action back up as the two connected for the second goal of the game.

Jaden Schwartz worked hard along the boards near his own bench to work the puck away from the Sabres. The outlet pass then found Lehtera as he pushed the puck across the blue line and found Tarasenko. And for the second time in the game, instead of taking the shot himself, Tarasenko dropped a pass back to Lehtera who went high shelf on Michal Nuevirth's stick side to find the back of the net. 

And just like the first goal, Schwartz received the second assist giving the S-T-L line six points on the night. 

Tarasenko's drop back pass leads to Lehtera goal

The St. Louis Blues were out-shot by the Buffalo Sabres in the first period, but it was the Blues who were the first to notch a tally on the scoreboard with a goal from the most dominate line, Jori Lehtera, Vladimir Tarasenko and Jaden Schwartz. 

As the Blues marched five men over the Sabres' blue line, Schwartz passed the puck over to Tarasenko. With everyone on the ice and in the stands believing the Blues' leading scorer would take the shot, Tarasenko instead dropped a pass back to Lehtera who wristed the puck past Michal Nuevirth to give his team the lead. 

Prior to the goal, Buffalo had 12 shots on goal to the Blues 8 and by the end of the period, the visiting team had five more shots. The Note even had two power plays through the period, but only mustered one shot per power play. 

The goal was Lehtera's fourth of the season while giving Tarasenko his ninth assist. 

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