Sabres nab a point, fall to Blue Jackets 5-4 in OT

Cam Atkinson and Artemi Panarin terrorize Buffalo for four goals and six points

Kyle Powell
October 27, 2018 - 6:52 pm

Photo: Russell LaBounty - USA TODAY Sports


For the first time this season, the Buffalo Sabres were involved in a game that took extra time to decide the outcome. Just 31 seconds into the overtime period, sniper Artemi Panarin ended things at Nationwide Arena with his game-winning goal in sudden death overtime to give the Columbus Blue Jackets the 5-4 victory.

After potting the game-winner on Thursday night against the Montreal Canadiens, Kyle Okposo kicked off the scoring in Columbus with a goal in the opening two minutes of play. The Blue Jackets countered seven minutes later, though, as Pierre-Luc Dubois evened things at 1-1 as he snuck a puck past Linus Ullmark.

With 5:49 to play in the opening stanza, Jeff Skinner played the role of "garbage man" as he was in the right place at the right time. A shot deflection slid right onto his stick on the right hash and he deposited his sixth goal of the campaign; it even withstood the test of an offsides challenge. The failed challenge forced head coach John Tortorella and crew onto the penalty kill, as they were pegged with the bench minor for two minutes. Buffalo was unable to capitalize on the free power play, but took that 2-1 advantage into the first intermission holding a 17-12 shot advantage.

Columbus evened things back up early in the second period, as Artemi Panarin popped a wicked wrister past Ullmark for his fourth goal of the season.

This punch-counterpunch Saturday night affair took another turn in the wild department.

With 3:18 play in the middle stanza, the Blue Jackets found their first lead, and then quickly doubled it just 30 seconds later. Both goals came courtesy of Cam Atkinson, who scored in rapid succession to vault the home team ahead by a 4-2 score.

That score stood through 40 minutes of action, and in the third, the Sabres started to chip their way back into the game. Trailing by those two goals, they got an early spark from Jason Pominville, who continues to turn back the clock on the top line. His fifth goal of the campaign gave Buffalo a pulse once again after allowing three goals against in the third.

From "turning back time" to "next in line", this game was tied at 4-4 just two minutes later. With the Sabres on the power play, Casey Mittelstadt registered his first goal of 2018-19 with help from Pominville and Skinner. The man-advantage goal for Mittelstadt was the second of his NHL career, and marked the third time on Saturday that these two teams found themselves tied on the scoreboard.

Despite getting two more power play chances before the end of regulation, Buffalo was unable to put the go-ahead goal home, and overtime ensued for the first time in 11 games for the blue and gold.

The extra period was short-lived. Panarin created some space and buried the game-winning tally as he rang a shot off the post and in past Ullmark.

The overtime loss drops Buffalo's record to 6-4-1 on the year.



Goal Summary:

First Period:

BUF: 1:38 - Kyle Okposo (3) (Tage Thompson, Casey Nelson); 14:11 - Jeff Skinner (6) (Jake McCabe, Jack Eichel)
CBJ: 8:37 - Pierre-Luc Dubois (3) (Artemi Panarin)

Second Period:

CBJ: 1:34 - Artemi Panarin (4) (Pierre-Luc Dubois, Cam Atkinson); 16:42 - Cam Atkinson (5) (Riley Nash, Zack Werenski); 17:13 - Cam Atkinson (6) (Nick Foligno, Scott Harrington)

Third Period:

BUF: 2:32 - Jason Pominville (5) (Jack Eichel, Jake McCabe); 4:30 - Casey Mittelstadt (1) PPG (Jason Pominville, Jeff Skinner)


CBJ: Artemi Panarin (5) (Pierre-Luc Dubois)


Penalty Summary:

First Period:

BUF: 5:00 - Rasmus Dahlin (Holding - 2 min.)
CBJ: 14:11 - Team (Delay of Game - 2 min.)

Second Period:

6:50 - Rasmus Ristolainen (Slashing - 2 min.)
CBJ: 7:11 - Lukas Sedlak (High-Sticking - 2 min.)

Third Period:

BUF: 6:15 - Kyle Okposo (Interference - 2 min.)
CBJ: 3:55 - David Savard (Slashing - 2 min.); 8:09 - Zack Werenski (Goaltender Interference - 2 min.); 13:18 - David Savard (Tripping - 2 min.)



Shots on Goal:

BUF: 38 (17, 8, 13, 0)
CBJ: 37 (12, 16, 8, 1)


BUF: Linus Ullmark - 32 saves
CBJ: Joonas Korpisalo - 34 saves

Power Plays:

BUF: 1 for 5 (20%)
CBJ: 0 for 3 (0%)

Three Stars:

  1. Artemi Panarin - CBJ
  2. Cam Atkinson - CBJ
  3. Pierre-Luc Dubois - CBJ

What's Next:

Buffalo returns home to KeyBank Center as they host the Calgary Flames on Tuesday night at 7 p.m. Catch all of the action on the flagship home of the Sabres Radio Network - WGR Sports Radio 550, starting with the Paul William Beltz Pre-Game Show at 6 p.m.

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