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Costly “W” in Columbus


sabresThe Buffalo Sabres took down the Columbus Blue Jackets Tuesday night, winning 4-1. Michal Neuvirth made 45 saves in goal for Buffalo. It was his 6th straight start where he has gone 2-2-2 with a 1.83 gaa. Cody Hodgson, Zemgus Girgensons, Mark Pysyk and Chris Stewart all scored for Buffalo. The Blue Jackets threw Anton Forsberg in goal who was 0-3 heading in. The first couple goals allowed were horrendous. The Sabres took a 4-2 lead into the 3rd period and hung on as Neuvirth stopped all 18 shots in the final frame.



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Hodgson’s goal came at 9:30 in the first and was a simple back handed shot from the outside of the left-hand faceoff circle. It could have been mistaken for a pass. Either way Forsberg mishandled the puck and it trickled through his pads. It was Hodgson’s first goal in his last twenty-eight games played. Zemgus Girgensons added a short-handed goal just over five minutes later, becoming the first Sabres player to record 3 in a season since 2007-08. Once again Forsberg was caught napping. Girgensons chased down a loose puck trickling into the Blue Jackets zone, as did Forsberg. Seeing that Girgensons had more steam the net-minder tried to move back between the pipes but tripped over himself. Girgensons made it look all too easy.

Columbus would pull within a goal early in the 2nd period when Matt Calvert (10) scored at 1:18. The Sabres responded quickly though. Recent Rochester Amerks call-up Mark Pysyk buried a wrist shot less than a minute later to give the Sabres their 2 goal lead back. The Blue Jackets started to unravel a bit taking some undisciplined penalties. Buffalo capitalized on David Savard’s hooking call when Chris Stewart blasted a puck past Forsberg. Girgensons drew the assist after winning the face-off.

The Blue Jackets scored another goal at 7:24 of the 2nd, Kevin Connauton (8) scored at even strength but that was as close as they would come to tying the score. Buffalo outshot Columbus 18-16 in period 2. They did however lose Girgensons while killing off a Jackets power play. The Buffalo forward took a puck off the right ankle and did not return. His status is unknown but Coach Ted Nolan said after the game that it could be season -ending. Tyler Ennis also left at the end of the 2nd period with a lower-body injury and miss a week.

Both players will be reevaluated when they return Wednesday. The Sabres play Thursday night at the First Niagara Center when they host the Vancouver Canucks. Ryan Miller will not be on the trip as he was injured in a game Tuesday. He very well could be out for the rest of the season.



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