The previous time the Columbus Blue Jackets faced the Buffalo Sabres at the KeyBank Center they blew a 3-0 lead in a 5-3 loss. The Jackets got off to a 3-0 start once again, but this time they were able to get the two points.
The Columbus Blue Jackets were in Buffalo to face the Sabres last night and were heavy favorites against a hockey club who’d lost five consecutive games entering the contest.
After a scoreless opening 20 minutes, it was the CBJ who got on the board first, thanks to a phenomenal 34-second shift in the offensive zone that ended with a pass from behind the net by Oliver Bjorkstrand to Pierre-Luc Dubois, who buried the biscuit to put Columbus up 1-0.
Dubois was playing center on a line along with Artemi Panarin and Josh Anderson as the wingers. After the game Head Coach John Tortorella had this to say about Dubois’ overall play:
I think Luc has played well…Step by step his game has grown.
The Jackets entered the third up 1-0, until Artemi Panarin extended the lead to 2-0 at the 5:47 mark. Panarin knocked down a pass from Marckus Nutivaara just outside the offensive blue line before skating the puck into the zone and firing the puck past Robin Lehner off the post and into the back of the net.
The CBJ extended their lead to 3-0 at the 9:24 mark of the third period when Boone Jenner was rewarded with his third goal of the season after crashing the net.
Although Columbus got the two points, things got a bit dicey after taking a 3-0 lead.
Just 13 seconds after the Jenner goal, Sam Reinhart scored on a deflection to give the Sabres and the home crowd new life.
With 3:32 remaining in regulation, Evander Kane cut the deficit to 3-2 when he fired a puck low and on the far side past Sergei Bobrovsky.
The ending got a bit chaotic, but the Jackets were able to hold on and head off the ice with two points secured.
Here’s what Torts had to say about his squad after they took the three-goal lead:
It’s just a natural thing that happens when you get up three goals…You just give a little bit…Quite honestly when you end up winning the game…I think it’s good the team goes through it.
Boone Jenner had a similar sentiment to the same topic:
We let off the gas a little bit…It was a good test for us to regroup.
The Columbus Blue Jackets now have a record of 13-7-1. Their next game will be on Wednesday night at Nationwide Arena against the Calgary Flames as they’ll look to extend their current winning streak to five games.