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Blue Jackets top Sabres 3-1

Combined with a Bruins win, the Sabres are officially out of playoff contention

March 29, 2017 - 7:43 am

The Buffalo Sabres peppered the Columbus Blue Jackets with 42 shots on the evening, but they only managed to put one puck past goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky as Columbus comes away with a 3-1 victory at Nationwide Arena on Tuesday. With the loss and a Boston Bruins win, the Sabres have officially been eliminated from playoff contention for a sixth consecutive season.

Sam Reinhart was dressed and ready to play on Tuesday, but he sat on the bench and did not play a single second of action. Following the game, Dan Bylsma noted that Reinhart did not play as a result of violating team policy earlier in the day. 

"It's tought, but we're trying to build something here and we're trying to maintain the culture," Sabres captain Brian Gionta said following the loss. "By no means was it something huge, but it's something against what we're trying to get to and be as a team. Obviously it unfolded like it did."



  • Despite multiple attempts, the Sabres couldn't get the puck out of their own end and Kyle Quincey took advantage, ripping a shot from the blue line for the 1-0 lead.
  • Columbus made it 2-0 just 3:01 later on Cam Atkinson's 34th. The Blue Jackets forward raced down the wing and lifted a shot over Anders Nilsson. 
  • Evan Rodrigues' power play goal, a one-timer from Ryan O'Reilly, came at 10:53 of the 2nd, pulling the Sabres within one.
  • Brandon Saad added some late insurance, burying an empty-net goal with 1:05 to play.

Game Notes

  • Evander Kane led Buffalo with 8 shots on net while Jack Eichel fired 6 of his own. 
  • Kane led all forwards with 25:24 of ice time in Reinhart's absence.


1st Period


14:47 - CBJ - Kyle Quincey (5) (Unassisted)

17:48 - CBJ - Cam Atkinson (34) (Seth Jones, Alexander Wennberg)


6:25 - CBJ - Brandon Dubinsky (2 min., hooking)

19:25 - BUF - Evander Kane (2 min., hooking)


2nd Period


10:53 - BUF - Evan Rodrigues (4) (PPG) (Ryan O'Reilly, Jake McCabe)


4:54 - BUF - Brady Austin (2 min., holding)

9:21 - CBJ - Josh Anderson (2 min., hooking)


3rd Period


18:55 - CBJ - Brandon Saad (22) (EN) (Josh Anderson)


5:15 - BUF - Jack Eichel (2 min., holding)



BUF - Anders Nilsson (26 saves, 28 shots)

CBJ - Sergei Bobrovsky (41 saves, 42 shots)


Power Plays:

BUF - 1 of 2

CBJ - 0 of 3

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