Sabres come back for 5-3 win over Columbus

March 11, 2017
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Evander Kane's 25th goal of the season came on the power play and has given the Sabres a 4-3 lead over the Columbus Blue Jackets.

First Period

18:39 - Here is a chance for the Sabres to attone for last night's special teams upset as Brandon Dubinsky is called for hooking. Buffalo did not score on their one attempt last night, and Columbus went 2-3 on their power plays.

14:05 - The much maligned Zach Bogosian comes up with a nice play to catch up to Brandon Saad in the defensive zone and knock the puck away from his stick to prevent a breakaway attempt by the forward. The defenseman has his faults, there is no doubt, but if he is still apart of this team next year he may have to be counted on as a "top four" rear guard.

12:51 - BLUE JACKETS GOAL. In back-to-back nights David Savard scores for Columbus, tonight it gives the visitors the early lead. It was a very nice shot by the defenseman as he broke into the offensive zone and beat Anders Nilsson clean to the top corner on the far side of the goalie. 1-0 CBJ.

7:12 - Shots on goal are 5-5 later in the period, both teams have had a couple of scoring chances. The Sabres have hit the post, that was their best chance to date. 

6:00 - BLUE JACKETS GOAL. The Buffalo defense is slow to react as Nick Foligno picks up the puck in the neutral zone and makes a couple of moves to increase to Columbus lead. Not the best effort, but great moves by the Blue Jackets captain to beat Nilsson over the left shoulder. 2-0 CBJ.

4:16 - The Blue Jackets public relations staff has announced that Ryan Murray has suffered an upper-body injury and will not return to the game tonight.

2:04 - BLUE JACKETS GOAL. Oy vey, it goes from bad to worse for the Sabres as Jake McCabe is tripped up and the puck finds its way across the ice to Oliver Bjorkstrand, who slides it under a diving Ander Nilsson. 3-0 CBJ.
End of Period
Goal Summary
BUF: none
CBJ: 7:09 - David Savard (5) (Sam Gagner, Scott Hartnell). 14:00 - Nick Foligno (24) (Brandon Saad, Zach Werenski). 17:56 - Oliver Bjorkstrand (5) (Sam Gagner)

Penalty Summary
BUF: none
CBJ: 1:21 - Brandon Dubinsky (2 min., hooking)

Shots on Goal
BUF - 6, CBJ - 12

Second Period

19:42 - SABRES GOAL. That did not take long, as Robin Lehner took over in net and Buffalo used a quick burst to start the period and it results in a goal. Credit Nic Deslauriers with a nice pass to Jake McCabe at the blue line. Not sure if Evander Kane got a piece of the shot, but he at least set a nice screen. 3-1 CBJ.

15:50 - Jack Johnson heads to the penalty box for holding. This comes on the heels of the blue and gold killing off a Brian Gionta minor almost right after the team got on the board with a goal this period. This would be a huge momentum swing if the Sabres could score here to cut the deficit to just a goal.

14:17 - SABRES GOAL. Right on cue, the second power play unit for Buffalo comes through and now it is just a one-goal game. Tyler Ennis showed patience to get the puck back to the blue line, Zach Bogosian took the initial shot, and Matt Moulson was at the side of the net to stuff the puck home. 3-2 CBJ.

9:39 - The penalties to both teams, and the injuries to the Blue Jackets are piling up. Cam Atkinson is the latest to leave the game after a scrum that resulted in a pair of penalties for both sides. Buffalo still trails by a goal.

5:00 - Shots on goal are 11-7 in favor of Columbus, but this does not feel like a period that has been dominated by the visitors. Buffalo has had the better of the scoring chances and should have tied the game by now.

:2.9 - SABRES GOAL. This has been the tale of two periods tonight, with Sam Reinhart getting the goal that ties the game just before the period ends. The forward looked like he might have injured himself on the play, we will have to see when the third period starts. 3-3 tie.

End of Period

Goal Summary
BUF: 0:18 - Jake McCabe (3) (Nic Desluariers, Evander Kane). 5:43 - Matt Moulson (13) PPG (Zach Bogosian, Cody Franson).
19:57 - Sam Reinhart (16) (Rasmus Ristolainen)
CBJ: none

Penalty Summary
BUF: 1:16 - Brian Gionta (2 min., holding). 9:21 - Marcus Foligno (2 min., roughing). 9:21 - Marcus Foligno (2 min., charging). 10:21 - Josh Gorges (2 min., roughing).
20:00 - Zach Bogosian (2 min., roughing). 20:00 - Zach Bogosian (2 min., roughing). 20:00 - Zach Bogosian (10 min., misconduct). 20:00 - Nic Deslauriers (10 min., misconduct)  
CBJ: 4:10 - Jack Johnson (2 min., holding). 10:21 - Nick Foligno (2 min., roughing). 20:00 - Scott Hartnell (2 min., roughing). 20:00 - Scott Hartnell (2 min., roughing).
20:00 - Scott Hartnell (2 min., misconduct). 20:00 - Scott Hartnell (10 min., misconduct)

Shots on Goal
BUF - 11 (17), CBJ - 13 (25)

Third Period

17:37  Buffalo fails to capitalize on the extra two minute minor that Scott Hartnell received from his fight at the end of the second with Zach Bogosian. The Sabres recorded one shot on goal, but that is it. This game is right there for the taking for either side.

14:21 - Cody Franson is cut after getting hit by a puck in the face near the front of the net. There was some blood on the ice as the defenseman got up and skated right to the locker room.

11:18 - Another power play chance for Buffalo, but they fail to convert. The best chance may have come when the penalty expired. Brian Gionta had the puck on his stick in the slot but missed on a slapper. 

8:39 - Now Buffalo heads to the penalty kill with Josh Gorges back in the box, this time for slashing. A big PK coming up now.

6:22 - McCabe has had a nice bounce back two periods for the Sabres. First his goal last period, now he saves a goal by blocking a shot at the front of the net on the penalty kill. 

2:29 - SABRES GOAL. What a beautiful pass on the power play by Jack Eichel to Evander Kane. The forward left no doubt with his 25th goal of the season to give the blue and gold their first lead of the night. 4-3 BUF.

:3.5 - SABRES GOAL. Jack Eichel caps the game with an empty net goal for a multi-point performance. 5-3 BUF.
 

End of Game
Buffalo 5, Columbus 3

Goal Summary
BUF: 17:31 - Evander Kane (25) PPG (Jack Eichel, Rasmus Ristolainen). 19:56 - Jack Eichel (19) (Ryan O'Reilly)
CBJ: none

Penalty Summary
BUF: 11:21 - Josh Gorges (2 min., slashing)
CBJ: 6:23 - Nick Foligno (2 min., holding). 15:41 - Boone Jenner (2 min., hooking)

Shots on Goal
BUF - 14 (31), CBJ - 11 (36)