The Buffalo Sabres traveled to Ohio to take on the Columbus Blue Jackets in the rubber match of their season series. The Blue Jackets were looking to avenge a blown lead in Buffalo in their last meeting.
The first period started with the Sabres on the front foot for 15 minutes until 2 quick goals by the Blue Jackets changed the entire complexion of the game. Kyle Quincey netted his first since being traded to Columbus, followed shortly by Cam Atkinson’s 34th of the campaign.
The Blue Jackets opened the second period with 1:26 of power play time thanks to an Evander Kane penalty. This period would become “a tale of two power plays.” Columbus failed to capitalize on either chance it had, while Buffalo and Evan Rodrigues cashed in, cutting it to 2-1. Buffalo had been the better team through 40 minutes, but Columbus led on the scoreboard.
Our power play is so bad.
The third period saw the Blue Jackets squander another power play and Sergei Bobrovsky stand tall in the net to keep the Jackets in the lead. After some back and forth play, Brandon Saad netted an empty netter to ice the game with 1:05 to go.
FINAL Columbus Blue Jackets 3 Buffalo Sabres 1
105 points. Holy hell.
Our power play is in need of systemic changes.
Sergei Bobrovsky is a wizard.
I want to be Seth Jones when I grow up. He was everywhere tonight.