Jan 18, 2014; Buffalo, NY, USA; Columbus Blue Jackets center Ryan Johansen (19) and Buffalo Sabres defenseman Mark Pysyk (3) go after a loose puck during the third period at First Niagara Center. Columbus beats Buffalo 4 to 3 in a shootout.
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By Rick Gethin
One: The second night of back-to-back games saw Columbus start the game with some sloppy, slow play. This, coupled with too many turnovers and loose play in their own zone meant they were chasing the game. But this club is resilient and once again came from behind to earn the win and two more valuable points.
Two: The continued maturation of Ryan Johansen is a sight to behold. Most of the time, he was double-teamed by Buffalo, which didn't seem to bother him in the least. He's learning to use his big body to help control the puck and keep opponents at bay. The sky is the limit for the young Johansen as he moves forward in his career.
Three: The ice at First Niagara Center seemed to be in poor condition tonight, as players from both teams kept losing an edge and falling down throughout the game. Not sure what the issue with the ice was. It's a nice arena, but I pine for the days of the now-since demolished Buffalo Memorial Auditorium. That was one heck of a barn to watch hockey in.