(AP Photo/St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Chris Lee)

The St. Louis Blues have set a new franchise record for wins in a season with 52. Their 52nd win came against the Buffalo Sabres in a 2 to 1 victory on Thursday.

Ryan Miller was given a night off from defending the net, and did not face his former team. Instead, Brian Elliot got the start. Elliot stopped 25 of 26 shots to lead the Blues to victory.

The first period was played tight and stayed scoreless, but the Blues wanted to change things in the second period and take the lead. Maxim Lapierre score at 1:59 into the second period, when he received a perfect pass from Ryan Reaves in the slot, and ripped it high glove side. After that goal the Blues maintained momentum and dominated the Sabres. Even a casual hockey observer could pick out which one of these teams is getting ready to end their season. Brendan Morrow gave the Blues a 2 to 0 lead in the third, as he tipped in Vladimir Sabotka’s shot right passed Sabres’ goaltender Nathan Lieuwen.

The Sabres decided to save face in the last minute of the game, and took advantage of a power play opportunity. Cody Hodgson’s snap shot would deny the Blues the shutout in the final moments of the game. The Blues held on to the lead and gained two more crucial points in the race for the President’s Cup.

An exciting night to be a Blues fan, franchise record set, and they reclaim their spot atop the NHL. The Blues next game is Saturday against the Colorado Avalanche at 12:30 PM (CST).

Melissa White started playing ice hockey when she was only six years old. She spent her youth playing hockey in Seattle, Washington. She played with the boys until she was old enough to make the switch to a competitive girl's under 19 hockey team at the age of 12. Melissa played NCAA Division III college hockey in Buffalo, New York, for the Buffalo State Bengals. She was named Rookie of the Year and voted Assistant Captain during her junior season. Presently, Melissa manages and coaches a U-19 girl's team and an ACHA men's college team. Her favorite teams are the St. Louis Blues and the New Jersey Devils. She fell in love with the Devils on her sixth birthday when she received an autographed Martin Brodeur puck from her parents. Melissa is also attending Bradley University and pursuing a degree in Sports Communication.

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