NHL Game Summary - Buffalo at Columbus|
(Saturday, January 25th)
Final Score: Buffalo 5, Columbus 2
Columbus, OH (SportsNetwork.com) - Christian Ehrhoff scored one of Buffalo's
two shorthanded goals and added two assists, as the Sabres snapped a five-game
losing skid and ended Columbus' club record eight-game win streak with a 5-2
victory over the Blue Jackets on Saturday at Nationwide Arena.
Marcus Foligno scored Buffalo's other shorthanded marker, while Steve Ott,
Matt Ellis and Cody Hodgson also lit the lamp for the Sabres, who scored at
least three goals for the sixth straight game, despite going 0-3-2 over the
previous five tilts.
Ryan Miller made 36 saves to backstop the victory.
"Millsy (Miller) held us in there when we needed to," Hodgson said. "I think
we did a good job of shutting a lot of things down too."
Columbus hadn't lost since Jan. 4 at St. Louis, but saw starting goaltender
Sergei Bobrovsky allow three goals on 10 shots before being removed early in
the second period.
Curtis McElhinney entered and stopped 10-of-11 shots in relief, while Derek
MacKenzie and Mark Letestu tallied a goal and an assist apiece for the Blue
Jackets, who had won the first two meetings with Buffalo this season.
"We could have done a better job of getting some traffic in front of Miller,"
Letestu said. "He saw a lot of pucks. We have to make it a little more
difficult on him."
With the score tied 1-1 late in the first period, Buffalo's Tyler Ennis went
off for elbowing at 18:15, but Bobrovsky botched a clearing attempt in front
of his own net and the puck trickled to the left point, where Ehrhoff ripped a
heavy slapper that sailed past Bobrovsky's glove for a 2-1 lead with 29.5
seconds left on the clock.
Foligno followed with a shorthanded goal of his own early in the second to
increase the lead, as he charged down the right wing and cut into the slot
before sneaking a wrister under the glove of Bobrovsky at 3:28.
McElhinney took over between the pipes and held Buffalo off the board until
early in the third, when Ott pounded home a rebound for a 4-1 lead at 3:51.
Letestu lifted a rebound over Miller's glove from the low left side at 5:21 to
bring Columbus within two, but Hodgson found the empty net with just under two
minutes left to seal the outcome.
Early on, Ellis opened the scoring with a backhander from the blueline that
slipped past Bobrovsky at 2:21, but MacKenzie countered with his fourth of the
season at 12:53 to even the score.
Buffalo registered two shorthanded goals in a game for the first time since
Mar. 30, 2007 against the Islanders ... With his goal, Ehrhoff became the 25th
active NHL defenseman to record 300 career points ... Buffalo's Ville Leino
and Drew Stafford both left the game with upper-body injuries ... Columbus had
scored four or more goals in four straight games and had won five in a row at
home ... Columbus went 0-for-4 on the power play.
01/25 22:05:29 ET