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Blue Jackets trump Sabres 4-3 in Shootout



Buffalo, NY (WGR 550)  -- Welcome once again into the Ted Darling Memorial Press Box, high atop ice level at First Niagara Center. The last time the Buffalo Sabres were on home ice it was not kind to the team. The blue and gold suffered a 4-3 loss on Tuesday after giving up a goal with just :14.8 seconds to go in the game. Tonight the team looks to bounce back against the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Marcus Foligno missed Wednesday night's loss at Toronto, but the forward is back in the lineup for head coach Ted Nolan tonight. He replaces Matt D'Agostini, who is dealing with an injury of his own. Linus Omark is a scratch as well, with Ryan Miller expected between the pipes. For more from today's optional morning skate, click here.

Feel free to add your comments during the game in the thread below, while I drop my two cents in between scoring plays. Also, be sure to give myself and Brian Koziol a follow on Twitter: @PatWGR and @BrianWGR.

First Period

19:01 - SABRES GOAL. Buffalo jumps on the road team quickly here. Much more enegry from the blue and gold at the start and it pays off. Tyler Ennis nearly scored on the opening play of the game, and Tyler Myers does seconds later. 1-0 BUF.

13:41 - BLUE JACKETS GOAL. A blast from the far side face-off by David Savard just plain beats Ryan Miller. I do not think the goalie was screened by the shot. Just like that this game is tied up. 1-1 tie.

13:13 - SABRES GOAL. And less than thirty seconds later Buffalo regains the advatnage thanks to tape-to-tape passing between Tyler Ennis to Drew Stafford. No one covered Stafford by the side of the net, and he easily shoveled the puck into a wide open net. 2-1 BUF.

9:38 - Miller with another highlight reel save, this time to rob RJ Umburger! Wow! What can't these goalies do? Jhonas Enroth tried to upstage Miller last gave, and the starting net minder stole the top spot back tonight. 

7:16 - BLUE JACKETS GOAL. It may not go as a power play goal, but Tyler Myers was just exiting the penalty box as Mike Weber lost position on Matt Calvert, and the Columbus forward spins and scores to tie the game. 2-2 tie.

2:03 - Columbus has dominated the play ever since Myers' penalty. They lead in the shots category 13-6, and have really held the puck for a couple quality scoring opportunities. Not a good second half of the period for the home team.

End of Period

Goal Summary

BUF: 0:59 - Tyler Myers (5) (Matt Moulson, Tyler Ennis). 6:47 - Drew Stafford (5) (Tyler Ennis)
CBJ: 6:19 - David Savard (3) (Derek MacKenzie, Mark Letestu). 12:44 - Matt Calvert (5) (Nikita Nikitin, Brandon Dubinsky)

Penalty Summary

BUF: 10:43 - Tyler Myers (2 min., boarding)
CBJ: none

Shots on Goal

BUF - 6, CBJ - 14

Second Period

19:36The Sabres have a goal disallowed on a very bad call by the officials in Toronto. They ruled that Matt Moulson used a "distinct kicking motion" to direct the puck into the net. I did not see it on several replays. Moulson used his skate to direct the puck into the net, but it was not a "kicking motion." The blue and gold have plenty of time to overcome the blown call.

13:16 - More good play by the Sabres top line as Dalton Prout was in the penalty box. Ennis has been the best player on the ice tonight, and he had at least three good scoring chances on the man advantage. It seems like just a matter of time before the forward gets a goal that counts.

8:57 - Bobrovsky just did his best Dominik Hasek impression, and it puts Columbus on the power play. Zenon Konopka is in the box for "goaltender interference." 

8:28 - BLUE JACKETS GOAL. The penalty comes back to haunt Buffalo pretty quickly. It was a mad scramble in the Sabres' crease, and Brandon Dubinsky eventually put the puck home with all four penalty killers in the crease. 3-2 CBJ.

5:02 - A chance for Buffalo to draw even as Nathan Horton was called for slashing.

End of Period

Goal Summary

BUF: none
CBJ: 11:21 - Brandon Dubinsky (10) PPG (Cam Atkinson, James Wisniewski)

Penalty Summary

BUF: 11:03 - Zenon Konopka (2 min., goaltender interference)
CBJ: 14:45 - Nathan Horton (2 min., slashing). 18:05 - Nathan Horton (2 min., tripping)

Shots on Goal

BUF - 13 (19), CBJ - 14 (28)

Third Period

15:00 - A sluggish start to the period by the blue and gold. They have fallen into Columbus' trap by letting the opponents dump and chase into the offensive zone. That is effectively killing time off of the game clock.

13:25 - Miller gets bailed out by the cross bar, and this game stays within a score. That is a big play for Buffalo, because I would highly doubt Bobrovsky gives up two or three late in this game. Instead, the blue and gold dodge a bullet.

12:32 - Paul Hamilton points out that Ville Leino has been benched. Matt Ellis has taken his spot on a line with Cody Hodgson and Steve Ott. Leino has been in Ted Nolan's dog house for his lack of effort in recent games.

4:21 - The Sabres are not really doing anything on the ice, so fans in the seating bowl have resorted to doing the wave. Uh huh.

1:20 - Miller is on the bench in favor of the extra attacker for Buffalo.

:24.9 - SABRES GOAL. Buffalo was on the power play, when they won a key face-off, cycled the puck and Tyler Myers left no doubt about it with a wrister. A beautiful setup gets the game tied late. 3-3 tie.

End of Regulation

Goal Summary

BUF: 19:35 - Tyler Myers (6) PPG (Cody Hodgson, Christian Ehrhoff)
CBJ: none

Penalty Summary

BUF: none
CBJ: 19:23 - David Savard (2 min., tripping)

Shots on Goal

BUF - 7 (26), CBJ 0 5 (33)

Overtime

0:00 - Neither team is able to score in the extra five minute period, which means we are headed to a shootout.

Shootout

Matt Moulson (BUF) - no goal
Cam Atkinson (CBJ) - no goal

Tyler Ennis (BUF) - no goal 
Mark Letestu (CBJ) - no goal

Cody Hodgson (BUF) - no goal 
Ryan Johansen (CBJ) - GOAL

End of Game

Columbus 4, Buffalo 3 FINAL/SO

Final Thoughts

The blue and gold pick up a point thanks to the late game heroics of Tyler Myers, but just could not get over the hump for the win. This was maybe the best we have seen Myers play, all around, in any game this season. For that matter, this may be the best game the rear guard has played in the past few years. He was jumping into the play with regularity, helping to create offense and scoring chances. Now it is Ted Nolan's job to keep that going for more than one game. Also, the "other Tyler," Tyler Ennis had a very nice game. He was using his speed to his advantage and creating plenty of scoring chances. Next up for the Sabres is a date with the Florida Pathers on Tuesday night. The puck drops just after seven o'clock on the flagship home of the Sabres Radio Network - WGR Sports Radio 550. Pregame coverage with Schopp and the Bulldog gets underway at 6 p.m.

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