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Backes has 2 goals, 2 assists in Blues' win

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Buffalo Sabres goalie Ryan Miller (30) makes a save on a shot from St. Louis Blues' David Perron (57) in the second period of an NHL hockey game, Saturday, Jan. 21, 2012, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Tom Gannam) By Tom Gannam Buffalo Sabres goalie Ryan Miller (30) makes a save on a shot from St. Louis Blues' David Perron (57) in the second period of an NHL hockey game, Saturday, Jan. 21, 2012, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Tom Gannam) By Tom Gannam
St. Louis Blues' Ryan Reaves (75) lands a punch on Buffalo Sabres' Joe Finley (4) as they fight in the second period of an NHL hockey game, Saturday, Jan. 21, 2012, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Tom Gannam) By Tom Gannam St. Louis Blues' Ryan Reaves (75) lands a punch on Buffalo Sabres' Joe Finley (4) as they fight in the second period of an NHL hockey game, Saturday, Jan. 21, 2012, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Tom Gannam) By Tom Gannam
St. Louis Blues center Jason Arnott (44) battles Buffalo Sabres' Marc-Andre Gragnani (17) for the loose puck in the second period of an NHL hockey game, Saturday, Jan. 21, 2012, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Tom Gannam) By Tom Gannam St. Louis Blues center Jason Arnott (44) battles Buffalo Sabres' Marc-Andre Gragnani (17) for the loose puck in the second period of an NHL hockey game, Saturday, Jan. 21, 2012, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Tom Gannam) By Tom Gannam
St. Louis Blues' David Perron (57) celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal as Buffalo Sabres goalie Ryan Miller (30) looks away in the second period of an NHL hockey game, Saturday, Jan. 21, 2012, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Tom Gannam) By Tom Gannam St. Louis Blues' David Perron (57) celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal as Buffalo Sabres goalie Ryan Miller (30) looks away in the second period of an NHL hockey game, Saturday, Jan. 21, 2012, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Tom Gannam) By Tom Gannam
Buffalo Sabres' Luke Adam (72) keeps the puck away from St. Louis Blues' David Backes (42) in the first period of an NHL hockey game, Saturday, Jan. 21, 2012, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Tom Gannam) By Tom Gannam Buffalo Sabres' Luke Adam (72) keeps the puck away from St. Louis Blues' David Backes (42) in the first period of an NHL hockey game, Saturday, Jan. 21, 2012, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Tom Gannam) By Tom Gannam

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- David Backes had two goals and two assists, and Jaroslav Halak made 19 saves to lift the St. Louis Blues to a 4-2 victory over the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday night.

The Blues are 8-0-1 in January, earning 17 of 18 points, and Halak is 11-0-3 in his past 14 starts.

St. Louis is an NHL-best 21-3-3 at home and has 64 points overall, one fewer than Western Conference-leading Detroit.

Buffalo, which dropped its 12th straight on the road and fifth in a row overall, is 2-7-1 in January.

B.J. Crombeen and David Perron also scored for the Blues, and Alex Pietrangelo and T.J. Oshie each added two assists for St. Louis.

Ryan Miller made 23 saves for Buffalo, which got goals from Mike Weber and Tyler Myers.

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