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Buffalo Sabres Score Surprising 5-2 Win Over Columbus Blue Jackets

January 26th, 2014 at 12:00 PM
By Paul Lane Sabres 101

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.

Short-handed goals by Marcus Foligno and Christian Ehrhoff guided the Sabres to a surprisingly easy 5-2 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets. The loss ended the Jackets' eight-game winning streak.

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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.

Columbus peppered Ryan Miller with 13 shots in the second, but he stopped all of those and 36 of 38 shots for the game. That stopped Buffalo's five-game streak of allowing at least four goals.

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.

Buffalo improved to 14-29-7 on the year, while Columbus fell to 26-21-4. The Sabres next play Monday at the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Tags: Buffalo, Buffalo Sabres, Christian Ehrhoff, Cody Hodgson, Columbus Blue Jackets, Hockey, Marcus Foligno, NHL, Pittsburgh Penguins, Ryan Miller, Sergei Bobrovsky, Steve Ott

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