Not having a reliable power play to depend on, the Buffalo Sabres looked to their penalty-killing unit Saturday night to snap their five-game losing skid.
Matt Ellis opened the scoring just 2:21 into the game with his third goal of the year. Derek MacKenzie tied it for Columbus 10 minutes later, but Ehrhoff's goal in the period's final 30 seconds gave Buffalo the lead for good.
Foligno scored his goal 3:28 into the second period. That chased defending Vezina winner Sergei Bobrovsky from the game; he stopped 10 of 13 shots before Curtis McElhinney replaced him.
Buffalo managed to score five regulation-time goals for the first time all year with two third-period tallies. Captain Steve Ott netted his seventh of the year about four minutes in, while Cody Hodgson scored his team-leading 12th goal into an empty net in the final two minutes.
Ehrhoff also had two assists and finished a plus-four. Tyler Ennis-six-game point streak was snapped.
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