Jori Lehtera scored a natural hat trick, leading the Blues to a 6-1 win against the Buffalo Sabres at Scottrade Center on Tuesday night. Jaden Schwartz and Victor Tarasenko combined for five assists. These three players have combined for 25 points in the past six games for the Blues (10-4-1), who have won seven of eight games.
Tarasenko extended his point streak to a career-high six games (10 points), Lehtera has points in five straight (eight points) and Schwartz has points in four straight games (seven points).
Brian Elliott improved to 11-0-2 for his career against the Sabres (3-12-2) with 28 saves. Alexander Steen had three assists, Kevin Shattenkirk had two assists and David Backes scored on the power play.
Lehtera, the Blues’ third-round pick in the 2008 NHL Draft, came to North America this summer after four seasons in the Kontinental Hockey League. He thinks this is the first time he’s ever scored a hat trick.
“I don’t remember,” Lehtera said. “I used to pass it but now I scored three, I don’t know what happened. Pretty good passes from the guys.”
Lehtera compares his linemates to those dominating Soviet Union teams of the 70’s and 80’s.