Depth Scoring Leads St. Louis Blues Past Buffalo Sabres
On Tuesday night, the St. Louis Blues bounced back from a 4-1 loss to the Washington Capitals on Sunday by recording a 4-1 win of their own against the Buffalo Sabres. Jaroslav Halak also bounced back, making 23 saves to get his 11th win of the season just two days after being pulled after 15 minutes against the Capitals. While Alex Steen, T.J. Oshie and David Backes have led the way offensively for the Blues this season, it was depth scoring that helped carry the team past the Sabres.
The Blues were led by a pair of goals from Brenden Morrow, which brings the veteran forward’s totals to four goals and six points in 14 games. He was brought in at a bargain price, and if he can keep chipping in offensively from time to time, will continue to be a great addition. This was his first multi-goal game as a member of the Blues, and Chris Stewart assisted on both tallies. Vladimir Tarasenko scored his seventh goal of the season, which was also his third in the last seven games. The Blues could stand to see him contribute on a more regular basis, but his recent production is encouraging. St. Louis also got a goal from Magnus Paajarvi, another positive sign for their depth as it was the Swede’s first goal of the season in just his second game back from an upper-body injury (and just his sixth game of the season.
While Steen’s 17 goals and 26 points give him quite a lead in team scoring, Tuesday’s win highlighted just how deep and dangerous the Blues’ offense is. Thirteen players have two or more goals this season, and every player who has appeared in five or more games has at least one point.