Blue Jackets edge Sabres, extend win streak to 6
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Ryan Johansen scored the only goal in the shootout and the Columbus Blue Jackets extended their winning streak to six games with a 4-3 victory over the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday night.
The winning streak matches the longest in franchise history set April 3, 2006.
Brandon Dubinsky, David Savard and Matt Calvert scored in regulation for Columbus. Sergei Bobrovsky made 26 saves.
Tyler Myers had two goals, including a power-play goal with 24.9 seconds remaining in regulation to send the game to overtime. Drew Stafford also scored for Buffalo, which has lost three straight.
The Sabres opened the scoring early.
Matt Moulson sent a soft pass across the ice to Myers, who had crept in from the right point and lifted a shot over Bobrovsky to put Buffalo up 1-0 just 59 seconds into the game.
Columbus countered when a one-time shot from Savard off the right half wall caught Ryan Miller out of position to tie the score at 6:19.
The tie lasted just 28 seconds.
A poor Blue Jackets breakout left Ennis alone in front of Bobrovsky. The Sabres center slid the puck to Stafford at the left post, and he slid it into the open net at 6:47.
Miller made an athletic save on a 2-on-1 break midway through the first period. Miller reached behind his body to make a glove save on RJ Umberger.
Miller finished with 32 saves. Buffalo was outshot 35-29.
The Blue Jackets tied it at 2 after a Myers boarding penalty gave them the game’s first power play. Matt Calvert whiffed on a backhand attempt, but pushed a second chance past Miller at 12:44 of the first.
Columbus outshot Buffalo 14-6 in the opening period.
Buffalo had a goal disallowed 24 seconds into the second period. Moulson was judged to have used a distinct kicking motion to put the puck behind Bobrovsky.
A power-play goal gave Columbus its first lead at 11:21, as Dubinsky took advantage of crowded Buffalo crease with his rebound goal.
The Blue Jackets needed a right pad save from Bobrovsky on Moulson during a late Sabres power play, but finished the second period with a 3-2 lead.
Buffalo didn’t score on its first three power plays, and the last was an abbreviated one when Stafford was hauled down behind the Columbus net with 36.4 seconds to play in regulation.
But Sabres interim head coach Ted Nolan called timeout, Buffalo won the faceoff in Columbus zone and Myers sent a wrist shot past Bobrovsky.
Myers almost scored a third goal in overtime, but his low shot went wide of the goal.
NOTES: Defenseman Fedor Tyutin was the only scratch for Columbus. … The game was the 300th of Myers’ career. … Columbus RW Corey Tropp played his first game against the Sabres since Buffalo waived him on Nov. 27.