10/9/14: Columbus Blue Jackets 3 Buffalo Sabres 1

1st Blue Jackets Goal (Skille), Even

  • Columbus Contributions
    M. Chaput – helps win a puck battle along the boards in the defensive zone and moves the puck up the boards (cont.), joins Skille on a 2-on-1 rush that keeps the defenseman playing the pass instead of challenging Skille
    J. Boll – keeps the puck moving along the boards out of the zone
    J. Skille – picks up the puck along the boards when he exits the zone, skates it down the right side in a 2-on-1 situation with Chaput into the offensive zone, then fires a wrist shot from the right faceoff dot that beats Enroth’s glove
  • Buffalo Faults
    A. Benoit – pinches into the offensive zone to keep the puck in along the boards, but can’t keep the puck in, which creates the 2-on-1 chance for Columbus starting in the neutral zone

1st Sabres Goal (Girgensons), Even

  • Buffalo Contributions
    M. Foligno – knocks Savard off of a puck in the neutral zone, which allows Girgensons to pick up the loose puck
    Z. Girgensons – picks up the loose puck in the neutral zone, skates around Anisimov, avoids Hartnell stepping up on him at the blue line, and goes in 1-on-1 against Bobrovsky, shooting the puck past his right arm
  • Columbus Faults
    D. Savard – loses a puck battle against Foligno in the neutral zone which allows Girgensons to get the puck
    S. Hartnell – tries to step up (and misses) on Girgensons instead of playing 1-on-1 defense against him


2nd Blue Jackets Goal (Atkinson), Powerplay

  • Columbus Contributions
    R. Johansen – picks up the puck along the boards in the left corner of the offensive zone after an errant shot, then drops the puck off for Atkinson at the goal line
    C. Atkinson – skates out from the corner, around a diving Benoit, and into the slot, from where he fires a wrist shot that glances off of Enroth’s glove and in.
  • Buffalo Faults
    B. Gionta – in the penalty box for hooking
    A. Benoit – takes himself out of the play when drops to the ice unnecessarily, allowing Atkinson to skate around him

3rd Blue Jackets Goal (Anisimov), Even

  • Columbus Contributions
    A. Anisimov – picks up a loose puck in the defensive zone, carries it to the defensive blue line, and passes it ahead to Wennberg on his left side (cont.), one-times the pass from Hartnell and it slides past Enroth’s left pad
    A. Wennberg – carries the puck into the offensive zone and lets it slide into the left corner
    S. Hartnell – picks up the puck in the left corner and curls up the left side boards before passing it to Anisimov above the left faceoff circle
  • Buffalo Faults
    J. Gorges – screens Enroth so he doesn’t see the shot coming in and can’t react quickly enough

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