Eichel, Sabres cough up a point


What seemed like an easy matchup turned into a wake-up call for the Sabres. Throughout the first period, the Blue Jackets led in shots, ending the period with 14 shots to the Sabres’ 6.

It was a slow period until 18:09, as Columbus got on the board first. Oliver Bjorkstrand with his first of the season, assisted by teammates Seth Jones and Zach Werenski.

It wasn’t long before Columbus doubled their lead at 19:05 Cam Atkinson scored on the Power Play, assisted by Pierre-Luc Dubois and Alexander Wennberg.

Early in the second period, Marcus Johansson scored his first goal as a Sabre on the Power Play.

At 7:04 a penalty was handed to Columbus for Too Many Men on the Ice, but with 50 seconds left, Rasmus Dahlin was sent to the penalty box with two minutes for interference. The Sabres were able to return to full strength after a lot of pressure from the Blue Jackets and a close shot from Gustav Nyquist which was saved by Linus Ullmark.

With a little over eight minutes remaining in the second, Jeff Skinner came up behind Ryan Murray as he was about to pass the puck down the ice, stole the puck with a quick stick to the pocket, turned around and scored– unassisted, tying the game at two.

At the end of the second period, Columbus still led in shots on goal 29-12.

After a slow start to the third period, Columbus took the 3-2 lead at 6:46 in, a Power Play Goal Scored by Nick Foligno. The goal was assisted by teammates Emil Bemstrom and Oliver Bjorkstrand.

At 17:38, a penalty was served to Columbus’ Boone Jenner 2 minutes for Delaying Game at the Face-off. It seemed as though the Jackets would return to full strength but at 18:46 Victor Olofsson scored a power-play goal to tie the game at three. The goal was assisted by Rasmus Dahlin and Sam Reinhart and sent the game into overtime. Columbus continued to dominate shots on goal, ending the period with 43 to Buffalo’s 18.

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Although the Sabres displayed good puck handling and pressure in front of the net for about the first minute and a half of overtime, the Jackets earned their first win of the season with the goal scored at 2:08 by Alexandre Texier, assisted by Nick Foligno.

The Sabres head back to Buffalo for a three-game home streak starting with Wednesday night’s matchup against the Montreal Canadiens at 7 p.m. They’ll take on the Florida Panthers Friday night at 7 p.m. and then a Monday afternoon match against the Dallas Stars at 3 p.m.

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All-Time Series:

Sabres: 12  Blue Jackets: 18 Ties: 2

This is the 33rd meeting between these two teams all-time. The Blue Jackets took two of three games last season.

View the full history between Buffalo and Columbus


Abbi Kamano
Penn State Alumni. Faithful & optimistic Sabres fan. On my journey to a full-time hockey career.
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