Columbus 4, Buffalo 1

Thursday, October 10, 2013 7:00 PM

Final Scoring Summary

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Columbus 2-1-0-0 0-1-0-0 2-0-0-0 W2
Buffalo 0-4-1-0 0-2-1-0 0-2-0-0 L5

Recap


Blue Jackets 4, Sabres 1: Marian Gaborik had a goal and two assists as Columbus extended host Buffalo's season-opening winless streak to five games.

Nick Foligno, Cam Atkinson and Brandon Dubinsky also scored for the Blue Jackets, who rode a three-goal first period to their first win in Buffalo since Nov. 14, 2008. Vezina Trophy winner Sergei Bobrovsky turned aside 26 shots to preserve the victory.

Thomas Vanek had the lone goal for the Sabres (0-4-1), who have scored just five times in as many games. Ryan Miller made 29 saves in defeat.

After Atkinson and Vanek traded goals within the first nine minutes, the Blue Jackets took over to put the game away. Foligno put Columbus ahead at 16:35 of the opening period when his attempted centering pass glanced off the skate of a Sabres defenseman and past Miller. Gaborik made it 3-1 just 2:13 later after slapping home a feed from Atkinson to finish off a 2-on-1 break.

Dubinsky extended the lead 2:11 into the second with a backhand from the hash marks that eluded Miller. Bobrovsky made the lead stand, stopping all 16 shots he faced over the final 40 minutes.

GAME NOTEBOOK:
Sabres D Mike Weber was a minus-4 in the game and is ranked last in the NHL at minus-8. Fellow D Tyler Myers was a minus-3 to drop to minus-7 on the season. ... As his brother Marcus watched from the Buffalo bench, Foligno fought Weber 7:32 into the second period. Marcus Foligno finished with a minus-1 rating. ... Buffalo RW Drew Stafford, who had 20 goals and 30 assists two seasons ago, is still looking for his first point of the season.

Top Game Performances

Columbus   Buffalo
Marian Gaborik 3 Points Thomas Vanek 1
Marian Gaborik 1 Goals Thomas Vanek 1
Marian Gaborik 2 Assists Cody Hodgson 1
N/A Power Play Goals N/A
N/A Short Handed Goals N/A
Sergei Bobrovsky .963 Save Percentage Ryan Miller .879
Sergei Bobrovsky 26 Saves Ryan Miller 29

Team Stats Summary

 
Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
Columbus 33 4 0-4 1-1 17 28
Buffalo 27 1 0-1 4-4 23 22

Upcoming Games

  • Buffalo will play its next game on the road against Chicago. The Sabres have a W/L % of .000 after a win and .000 after a loss.
  • Columbus will play its next game at home against Boston. The Blue Jackets have a W/L % of 1.000 after a win and .500 after a loss.