Quick hits: Sabres 3, Blues 2

‘The Blues had won nine straight against Buffalo as part of a 19-2 run. The Sabres’ last victory in the series was a 5-3 decision Dec. 27, 2009, in St. Louis.’

Stars front and center in Sabres’ win over Blues

‘“He’s been … our most consistent player and our best player,” Bylsma said of Lehner. “He’s making huge saves when things aren’t going well for us. Once we do get a lead, he’s shutting the door.”’

Nick Baptiste scores early in return to Sabres

‘“That’s kind of the development process we have started in Rochester,” Sabres coach Dan Bylsma said. “The coaches down there have done a great job of getting these guys ready to come up and play and be prepared to add, and you can see that with almost every call-up we’ve had.”’

Sunday’s Saint Louis Coverage

Blues’ winning streak snapped by 3-2 loss to Sabres (Saint Louis Post Dispatch)
Hutton has been huge for Blues this season (Saint Louis Post Dispatch)
Blue Notes: Brodziak makes early return to fourth line (Saint Louis Post Dispatch)
Photo gallery (NHL.com)
Photo gallery (Buffalo News)

Sabres snap Blues snap 6-game winning streak with 3-2 win

‘Evander Kane and Nicholas Baptiste each had a goal and an assist in Buffalo’s third straight win, matching a season best accomplished three times. Ryan O’Reilly also scored for the Sabres (26-23-10), who have three more wins than losses for the first time since closing the 2011-12 season 39-32-11.’

Sabres snap Blues’ 6-game winning streak

‘After Buffalo jumped out to a 3-1 lead, the Blues stormed back in the third and outshot the Sabres 17-7 in the third period. Upshall cut the lead to 3-2 with 4:57 remaining on a shorthanded breakaway but the Blues were unable to even the score despite a prime opportunity with 1:12 remaining after Lehner received a tripping penalty.’

Sabres recall F Baptiste from Rochester

‘The 6-foot-1, 206-pound Baptiste was selected by the Sabres in the third round of the 2016 NHL draft. He made his NHL debut with Buffalo during the 2016-17 season and has two goals in 12 games.’

Sabres Hold Off Blues 3-2

‘Lehner has faced 35 or more shots in 10 of his last 12 games.’

From The Locker Room: Sabres-Blues

‘”They came out pretty strong, kind of like how Colorado did the other night there, in the first few shifts. Once we got that goal we kind of settled in. Obviously we knew we were playing a much better team in St. Louis this afternoon. They scored first and we needed to respond and that’s what we did.”‘

The Sabres waive a defenseman and call up a forward

‘In 25 games with Buffalo Fedun has no goals and seven assists.’

5 Observations: Sabres take down Blues 3-2

‘As the trade deadline rapidly approaches talk of trading Kane will run rampant. If the Sabres can get a bonafide top-tier defender then I understand the logic, but for any less I think the Sabres need to keep Kane. He’s scoring at an incredible rate and looks like the player General Manager Tim Murray traded for two years ago. There’s off the ice issues to keep in mind, but on the ice, Kane has been fantastic.’

Report: Sabres place Taylor Fedun on waivers

‘While I like Fedun, the Sabres have been turning to fellow Rochester call-up Justin Falk more and more. Fedun without question provides more offense, but Falk is a big body that can log minutes on the penalty kill.’

Robin Lehner, Sabres defeat Blues

‘Buffalo (26-23-10) has won three straight games. St. Louis (31-23-5) had a six game win streak ended.’

Kane, Baptiste tally 2 points each in win over Blues

‘”I think we had a lot of speed on our line,” Baptiste said. “Jack’s so good with the puck, you’ve got to get open for him. On that play when we scored, he cut to the middle and I was able to find a hole. He put the puck on my tape and it was just a great play.”‘

Sabres recall Baptiste

‘Baptiste (6’1″, 206 lbs., 8/4/1995) is currently tied for eighth in the AHL with 19 goals and has added 11 assists for 30 points in 42 games for Rochester this season. The Ottawa, Ontario native is in his second pro season and has totaled 58 points (32+26) in 104 career AHL games.’