Blue Jackets double up the Sabres in Clinton, 4-2

Sam Reinhart, Jack Eichel and Rasmus Dahlin combine for a nifty power play tally in the loss

Kyle Powell
September 25, 2018 - 7:08 pm

Photo: Sergei Belski - USA TODAY Sports


A pair of third period power play goals helped the Columbus Blue Jackets pull away from the Buffalo Sabres, 4-2, in the annual Kraft Hockeyville USA game in Clinton, New York. 

Both teams exchanged some good scoring chances through 20 minutes of action, but there was no score to be had. Jack Eichel had a glorious chance in the opening seconds of play, but was shut down by Blue Jackets goaltender Joonas Korpisalo. Buffalo goalie Scott Wedgewood had a strong opening period as well, denying Columbus on multiple occasions.

After the scoreless first, Casey Nelson blistered a sharp-angle shot by Korpisalo early in the second to get the scoring started. Alex Nylander and Patrik Berglund were there for the assists on Nelson's first goal of the preseason.

The Blue Jackets responded quickly after, nabbing a power play opportunity courtesy of a Berglund trip. It was Anthony Duclair who made the Sabres pay with a man-advantage goal to knot the score at 1-1.

Buffalo mirrored Columbus' scoring efforts just moments later. After getting a power play of their own, rookie defenseman Rasmus Dahlin fed Eichel with a nice lead pass to start the offensive rush. Eichel then lobbed a cross-crease pass to Sam Reinhart, who buried the puck past Korpisalo to reclaim the lead favoring the Sabres at 2-1.

The scoring did not stop there, as it was then journeyman Adam Clendening of the Blue Jackets getting in on the scoring party as he tied the score once more. When the dust finally settled on a wild second period, the score was as even as when the teams began; tied, but this time at 2-2.

Columbus grabbed their first lead of the night six-and-a-half minutes into the third stanza. A Kyle Okposo tripping minor set up a power play opportunity for Artemi Panarin, who was fed a pass from Duclair and he deposited it into the net past Wedgewood.

Just over two minutes later, the Blue Jackets scored while up a man on the Sabres for the third time. This time, it was Kevin Stenlund taking advantage of an Alex Nylander neutral zone miscue. Stenlund and Panarin streaked up the ice after the turnover, and Stenlund buried the feed he was given to bury the Sabres in a two-goal hole.

From there, Korpisalo buckled down against some serious Buffalo chances in crunch time after the Sabres pulled Wedgewood in favor of an extra skater. The Columbus netminder denied Evan Rodrigues, Alex Nylander and Brendan Guhle in succession as he handled everything thrown his way to preserve the 4-2 victory for Columbus.



Goal Summary:

First Period:


Second Period:

BUF: 1:13 - Casey Nelson (1) (Alex Nylander, Patrik Berglund); 14:28 - Sam Reinhart (1) PPG (Jack Eichel, Rasmus Dahlin)
CBJ: 12:36 - Anthony Duclair (1) PPG (Michael Prapavessis); 15:35 - Adam Clendening (1) (Liam Foudy, Artemi Panarin)

Third Period:

CBJ: 6:31 - Artemi Panarin (1) PPG (Duclair); 8:55 - Kevin Stenlund (1) PPG (Panarin)


Penalty Summary:

First Period:


Second Period:

BUF: 11:54 - Patrik Berglund (Tripping - 2 min.)
CBJ: 13:35 - Sam Vigneault (Tripping  - 2 min.)

Third Period:

BUF: 5:12 - Kyle Okposo (Tripping - 2 min.) 

Shots on Goal:

BUF: 33
CBJ: 26

Power Plays:

BUF: 1 for 1 (100%)
CBJ: 3 for 3 (100%)


BUF: Scott Wedgewood - 22 saves
CBJ: Joonas Korpisalo - 31 saves

What's Next:

The Sabres will travel to Pittsburgh to take on the Penguins on Wednesday evening from PPG Paints Arena. Hear all the play-by-play action from Dan Dunleavy and Rob Ray on the home of the Sabres Radio Network – WGR Sports Radio 550. Puck drop from Pittsburgh is set for 7 p.m.

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