Columbus shuts down Sabres 5-1

The Blue Jackets score three quick goals in the second period to down the Sabres early

Pat Malacaro
October 25, 2017 - 8:00 pm

Photo: Russell LaBounty - USA TODAY Sports


The Columbus Blue Jackets used a three-goal outburst in the second period to rout the Buffalo Sabres 5-1 on Wednesday night at Nationwide Arena. Seth Griffith scored the lone Buffalo goal in the loss.

Just under four minutes into the game, Cam Atkinson thought he scored the game's first goal, but goaltender interference wiped out the score and kept the game at 0-0. The puck was shoveled into a wide open net because Nick Foligno backed into Chad Johnson and did not allow the goaltender to play the puck in his crease. No penalty was called, but the goal was taken off of the scoreboard.

Zach Redmond took the game's first penalty after being called for hooking nearly halfway through the opening period. The blue and gold could not kill off the minor, as Oliver Bjorkstrand was able to wire a wrist shot into the top corner of the net as Boone Jenner screened Johnson at the top of the crease. There was no contact this time, allowing the goal to stand up.

Buffalo out-shot the Blue Jackets in the opening period thanks to several rush opportunities throughout the frame. However, the team was not able to beat Sergei Bobrovsky who made 13 saves. Johnson stopped 9 of the 10 Columbus shots in the first as well. The Sabres did not go on the power play in the opening twenty minutes.

Ryan O'Reilly had a breakaway chance part way through the second period thanks to a turnover inside of the Sabres' zone, but Bobrovsky was able to use his right pad to keep the shot on goal out of the net and preserve the Blue Jackets' 1-0 lead. Buffalo continued to get scoring opportunities, but it was the home team that cashed in their next chance on a nice passing play. Seth Jones scored the goal on the rush after tic-tac-toe passing set him up in the slot for his second goal of the season, and a 3-0 lead.

Nick Foligno and Matt Calvert helped the Blue Jackets' lead balloon to 4-0 late in the second period. The Columbus captain's third goal of the season came after the initial shot was stopped by Johnson, and then went off his skate as he skated toward the front of the net. Calvert's score came after an offensive zone face-off win by Columbus. A shot from the point trickled through the Buffalo net minder and Calvert was at the net to tap the puck across the goal line. 

The Sabres were out-shot 18-11 in the middle stanza, with Bobrovsky again stopping all Buffalo shots. The blue and gold had one power play in the second, but failed to score.

Griffith got Buffalo on the scoreboard with his first goal as a Sabre with under three minutes to go in the third period. Griffith's first goal since December, 2014 was assisted Jordan Nolan and Johan Larsson. Columbus would salt the game away as Josh Anderson scored with :39 seconds to go in regulation. Anderson's second goal of the season helped Columbus enjoy their second four-goal lead of the night.

Game Summary

Goal Summary:

First Period:

CBJ: 12:00 - Oliver Bjorkstrand (2) PPG (Sonny Milano, Seth Jones)

Second Period:

CBJ: 15:20 - Seth Jones (2) (Brandon Dubinsky, Cam Atkinson). 17:38 - Nick Foligno (3) (Jack Johnson). 18:19 - Matt Calvert (2) (Markus Nutivaara, Ryan Murray) 

Third Period:

BUF: 17:26 - Seth Griffith (1) (Jordan Nolan, Johan Larsson)
CBJ: 19:21 - Josh Anderson (2) (Artemi Panarin, Alexander Wennberg)

Penalty Summary:

First Period

BUF: 10:43 - Zach Redmond (2 min., hooking)

Second Period:

CBJ: 18:35 - Team (2 min., delay of game)

Third Period:

BUF: 3:07 - Zemgus Girgensons (2 min., high sticking)

Shots on Goal:

BUF - 35, CBJ - 38


BUF: Lehner - 33 saves
CBJ: Bobrovsky - 34 saves


BUF: 0 for 1 (0%)
CBJ: 1 for 2 (50%)

Three Stars:

  1. Sergei Bobrovsky - CBJ
  2. Seth Jones - CBJ
  3. Nick Foligno - CBJ

What's Next:

The Sabres return home to gear up for a 1 p.m. meeting with the San Jose Sharks on Saturday afternoon. Pre-game coverage on WGR starts at 12 p.m. with Brian Koziol and Paul Hamilton.

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