Jhonas Enroth turned aside 26 shots on Wednesday, leading the Sabres to a 3-0 win over the Blue Jackets. With the victory, Buffalo improves to 4-1-1 in the preseason.
After the two sides skated to a scoreless opening period, Ville Leino put the Sabres ahead at 4:58 of the second. Leino chipped home a Cody Hodgson rebound while Buffalo enjoyed a delayed penalty call against Columbus for over 30 seconds. With a 6-on-5 advantage, Hodgson let a shot rip and Leino was there to stuff the loose puck past Mike McKenna.
Later in the second, Buffalo found itself in penalty trouble but managed to shut down the Blue Jackets' power play. With both Christian Ehrhoff and Zemgus Girgensons in the box, Columbus couldn't take advantage of a 5-on-3. The Jackets were also stymied on the back end of Girgensons' penalty, a four-minute double minor for high sticking, which carried over into the final frame.
The Sabres got some insurance at 9:10 of the third period on Mikhail Grigorenko's second goal of the preseason. Grigorenko wristed a shot between the post and the arm of Jeremy Smith, who had replaced McKenna earlier in the game. Late in the third, with Smith on the bench for an extra skater, Grigorenko and Girgensons shared a give-and-go in front of an empty Columbus net before Girgensons tapped it in, giving the Sabres a 3-0 lead.
Buffalo closes out the preseason on Friday against the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena. The regular season begins Wednesday, October 2, against the Detroit Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena.
1:50 - BUF - Tyler Ennis (2 min., high sticking)
5:57 - CBJ - David Savard (2 min., interference)
9:26 - BUF - John Scott (2 min., interference)
4:58 - BUF - Ville Leino (1) (Cody Hodgson, Mike Weber)
1:44 - CBJ - Artem Anisimov (2 min., high sticking)
10:53 - BUF - Ville Leino (2 min., high sticking)
15:51 - CBJ - Christian Ehrhoff (2 min., hooking)
17:20 - BUF - Zemgus Girgensons (4 min., double minor for high sticking)
9:10 - BUF - Mikhail Grigorenko (2) (Drew Stafford, Mike Weber)
19:13 - BUF - Zemgus Girgensons (3) (EN) (Mikhail Grigorenko, Mike Weber)
9:58 - BUF - Christian Ehrhoff (2 min., tripping)
16:39 - CBJ - James Wisniewski (2 min., tripping)
CBJ - Jeremy Smith (7 saves, 8 shots)
CBJ - Mike McKenna (14 saves, 15 shots)
BUF - Jhonas Enroth (26 saves, 26 shots)
CBJ - 0 of 7
BUF - 0 of 3