Columbus, OH (WGR550) -- The Buffalo Sabres snapped their five-game losing streak, and ended the Columbus Blue Jackets eight-game winning streak, with a 5-2 win over the Blue Jackets on Saturday night.
Matt Ellis scored first to give the Sabres a 1-0 lead just over two minutes into the game. Ellis' third goal of the season was assisted by Henrik Tallinder and Ville Leino. The Blue Jackets answered later in the period thanks to Derek MacKenzie. The puck deflected off MacKenzie's skate and past Ryan Miller to even up the score 1-1. Ryan Murray and Mark Letestu were credited with assists on the score.
Christian Ehrhoff gave Buffalo its second lead of the night with a short handed goal. The rear guard slapped a shot at the net from just inside of the blue line, and Sergei Bobrovsky misplayed the puck as it clanked off of the goal post and in. Ehrhoff's goal came as Tyler Ennis sat with an elbowing minor.
Marcus Foligno added a short handed goal early in the second period that propelled Buffalo to a 3-1 lead. Bobrovsky was pulled in favor of Curtis McElhinney giving up a shaky goal. Bobrovsky stopped just 7 of Buffalo's 10 shots on goal before being pulled.
The blue and gold took the only two penalties of the second period, as Mike Weber was called for minors at different times in the stanza. Weber was called for high sticking early in the frame, and then was in the box for hooking. Buffalo was able to kill off both minors without much issue.
Steve Ott notched his seventh goal of the season to up the Buffalo lead to 4-1 only a couple of minutes into the third. Cody Hodgson and Christian Ehrhoff were given the assists on the goal. Mark Letestu quickly scored to bring Columbus back within two goal. The centerman followed up a rebound chance and flipped the puck over Ryan Miller for the goal. Cody Hodgson took advantage of an empty net at the other end to put Buffalo back up by three goals. Hodgson's 12th goal of the season made the score 5-2.
BUF: 2:21 - Matt Ellis (3) (Henrik Tallinder, Ville Leino). 19:30 - Christian Ehrhoff (3) SHG (unassisted) CBJ: 12:53 - Derek MacKenzie (4) (Ryan Murray, Mark Letestu)
BUF: 3:28 - Marcus Foligno (6) SHG (Jamie McBain, Christian Ehrhoff) CBJ: none
BUF: 3:51 - Steve Ott (7) (Cody Hodgson, Christian Ehrhoff). 18:09 - Cody Hodgson (12) ENG (unassisted) CBJ: Mark Letestu (7) (Derek MacKenzie, Corey Tropp)