Gamenight: Sabres trail Blue Jackets 4-2 late in the second

October 27, 2018 - 6:52 pm

Kyle Okposo's still rocking the hot hand.  After potting the game-winner on Thursday night against the Montreal Canadiens, the veteran kicked off the scoring in Columbus with a goal in the opening two minutes of play.  The Blue Jackets countered seven minutes later, though, as Pierre-Luc Dubois evened things at one goal apiece as he snuck a puck past Linus Ullmark.

With 5:49 to play in the opening stanza, Jeff Skinner played the role of "garbage man" as he was in the right place at the right time. A shot deflection slid right onto his stick on the right hash and he deposited his sixth goal of the campaign; it even withstood the test of an offsides challenge. The failed challenge forced head coach John Tortorella and crew onto the penalty kill, as they were pegged with the bench minor for two minutes.  Buffalo was unable to capitalize on the free powerplay, but took that 2-1 advantage into the first intermission holding a 17-12 shot advantage.

Columbus evened things back up early in the second period, as Artemi Panarin popped a wicked wrister past Ullmark for his fourth score of the season. Amazing how quickly 0-0 turned into 1-1, and suddenly 2-2. This punch-counterpunch Saturday night affair took another turn in the wild department.

With 3:18 play in the middle stanza, the Blue Jackets found their first lead, and they qiuckly doubled it just 30 seconds later. Both goals came courtesy of Cam Atkinson, who scored in rapid succession to vault the home team ahead by a pair at 4-2.



Goal Summary:

First Period:

BUF: 1:38 - Kyle Okposo (3) (Tage Thompson, Casey Nelson); 14:11 - Jeff Skinner (6) (Jake McCabe, Jack Eichel)
CBJ: 8:37 - Pierre-Luc Dubois (3) (Artemi Panarin)

Second Period:

CBJ: 1:34 - Artemi Panarin (4) (Pierre-Luc Dubois, Cam Atkinson); 16:42 - Cam Atkinson (5) (Riley Nash, Zack Werenski); 17:13 - Cam Atkinson (6) (Nick Foligno, Scott Harrington)

Third Period:



Penalty Summary:

First Period:

BUF: 5:00 - Rasmus Dahlin (holding - 2 min.)
CBJ: 14:11 - Team (delay of game - 2 min.)

Second Period:

BUF: 6:50 - Rasmus Ristolainen (slashing - 2 min.)
CBJ: 7:11 - Lukas Sedlak (high-sticking - 2 min.)

Third Period:


Shots on Goal:

BUF: 17
CBJ: 12


BUF: Linus Ullmark - 11 saves
CBJ: Joonas Korpisalo - 15 saves

Power Plays:

BUF: 0 for 2
CBJ: 0 for 2

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