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Sabres open the preseason with a 4-1 win over Columbus

Alex Nylander and Tage Thompson each tally two assists while Linus Ullmark makes 20 saves in the win

September 18, 2018 - 12:04 am

The Buffalo Sabres opened the 2018 preseason with a 4-1 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Monday night at Nationwide Arena in Columbus. 

Alex Nylander and Tage Thompson both tallied two assists in the win, leading the team in points for the evening. Patrik Berglund, Nathan Beaulieu, Kyle Criscuolo and Andrew Oglevie scored for the Sabres, while goalie Linus Ullmark stopped 20 of 21 shots faced in two periods of action. Jonas Johansson relieved him in the third period and was a perfect 16-for-16 for saves. 

After a scoreless first period of play, it was Nylander and Thompson going to work down low, creating a scoring chance early in the period. The play was capped off with Nylander feeding Berglund for the goal just 22-seconds into the period.

After a penalty to Columbus defenseman David Savard for high-sticking, the Sabres responded on the powerplay with a blast from Beaulieu, thanks to some solid puck movement again involving Nylander and Thompson. Savard scored just eight seconds later to cut the deficit to one, but Criscuolo scored to less than seven minutes later to make it 3-1 to end the second period. 

Oglevie tapped in a rebound to round out the scoring in the third period, and the Sabres come away with the win, despite being out-shot 37-20 in the game.


Goal Summary:

First period:


Second period:

BUF: 0:22 - Patrik Berglund (1) (Alex Nylander, Tage Thompson); 6:31 - Nathan Beaulieu (1) PP (Alex Nylander, Tage Thompson); 13:15 - Kyle Criscuolo (1) (Sean Malone, Tyler Randell)
CBJ: 6:39 - David Savard (1) (Anthony Duclair, Pierre-Luc Dubois)

Third period:

BUF: 2:14 - Andrew Oglevie (1) (Scott Wilson, Evan Rodrigues)


Penalty Summary:

First period:

BUF: 13:18 - Danny O'Regan (Tripping - 2 min.)
CBJ: 6:31 - David Savard (Hodling - 2 min.)

Second period:

BUF: 4:44 - Brendan Guhle (Hooking - 2 min.); 9:45 - Matt Tennyson (Holding - 2 min.)
CBJ: 5:48 - David Savard (High-Sticking - 2 min.); 5:48 - Too many men (2 min.)

Third period:

BUF: 8:33 - Evan Rodrigues (High-Sticking - 2 min.); 15:13 - Tyler Randell (Interference - 2 min.)
CBJ: 19:39 - Vitaly Abramov (High-Sticking - 2 min.)


Shots on Goal:

BUF: 20 (7, 7, 6)
CBJ: 37 (9, 12, 16)


BUF: Linus Ullmark - 20 saves; Jonas Johansson - 16 saves
CBJ: Matiss Kivlenieks - 7 saves; Brad Thiessen - 9 saves

Power Plays:

BUF: 1 of 4 (25%)
CBJ: 0 of 5 (0%)

Three Stars:

  1. Linus Ullmark - BUF
  2. Alex Nylander - BUF
  3. David Savard - CBJ

What's Next:

The Sabres will return home to KeyBank Center to face the Pittsburgh Penguins on Tuesday night. It expected that Jack Eichel, Rasmus Dahlin, Jeff Skinner, and Rasmus Ristolainen will all play on Tuesday. Faceoff is set for 7 p.m. with Rick Jeanneret and Rob Ray on the call.

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