Both teams had some chances in the opening period. The Jackets got on the board first with the man advantage. Oliver Bjorkstrand unleashed a nice wrist shot with a screen in front of Chad Johnson.
Goodness gracious the snap from BJORKSTRAND: pic.twitter.com/aaUWAdIIGU— The Cannon (@cbjcannon) October 26, 2017
Columbus looked like they had scored earlier in the period, but was waved off due to goalie interference. The Sabres were unable to beat Bobrovsky with a few chances including a late chance from Sam Reinhart off of a nice Kyle Okposo pass. The Sabres held a 13-10 lead in shots after the first 20 minutes.
Things went south in a hurry in the second period. The Sabres brought some pressure early in the period. Including a breakaway from Ryan O’Reilly from the far blue line in, but was stopped by Bobrovsky.
From that point on it was all Blue Jackets. In under three minutes Seth Jones, Nick Foligno and Matt Calvert got the puck past Chad Johnson who did not have his best night. Columbus went to the locker room with a 4-0 lead after 40 minutes.
Sergei Bobrovsky, y'all pic.twitter.com/kxgoZYD0Rs— The Cannon (@cbjcannon) October 26, 2017
The heavy legs for the Sabres really started to show up in the third period after playing the night before. Seth Griffith would spoil some of the fun for Columbus by breaking the shutout late in the period with a nice shot for his first of the season. Josh Anderson would come right back and put Jackets back up four in the final minutes. The Blue Jackets carried most of the play in the period as they cruised to an easy 5-1 victory.
Buffalo is back at it on Saturday for a matinee with the San Jose Sharks.
What to Watch
1. Three in a row?
2. Anyone back from injury?
Zemgus Girgensons returned to the lineup and Zach Redmond played in place of Taylor Fedun.
3. Rivalry night?
Haha, silly NHL.
Comment of the Night?
This poll is closed
Trader Matt: I just wanna say, I'm disappointed that playing Jordan Nolan with Sam Reinhart didn't spark a ton of offense from ReinhartI mean an offensive stud like Jordan Nolan usually can spark a shit ton of offense out of who ever he plays
Patrick Topor: Hot take incomingI enjoyed the first period more than the second.
Andy Boron: Replying to comment of the night comment... Not if It’s this one.