Second-period barrage propels Jackets over Sabres
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The Columbus Blue Jackets scored three second-period goals in a three-minute span and halted a two-game home losing streak with a 5-1 victory over the Buffalo Sabres on Wednesday night at Nationwide Arena.
The Blue Jackets (6-3-0) extended their franchise-best start to the season with their first win during a four-game homestand that ends Friday night against the Winnipeg Jets.
Seth Jones had a goal and an assist, Oliver Bjorkstrand scored on a power play, and Nick Foligno, Matt Calvert and Josh Anderson added the other Columbus goals. Sergei Bobrovsky finished with 34 saves.
The Sabres (3-6-2) had won two in a row but were thwarted in their bid for their first three-game winning streak since February. They were playing for the second straight night after beating the Detroit Wings 1-0 in Buffalo on Tuesday.
Jones, Foligno and Calvert broke the game open with second-period goals.
Jones' goal came at 15:20 when his shot found its way past Sabres goaltender Chad Johnson, who was screened on the play by Blue Jackets center Boone Jenner.
Just over two minutes later, Foligno redirected a shot by Jack Johnson from the right dot with his skate after Chad Johnson was unable to secure the puck to make it 3-0.
The Blue Jackets expanded their lead less than a minute later when Chad Johnson again was unable to maintain control after stopping a shot by Markus Nutivaara. The puck leaked through his pads into the crease and Calvert reached behind him to tap it into the net.
Bobrovsky's bid for his second shutout of the season ended with 2:34 left when Seth Griffith scored his first goal of the season. Anderson added the final goal for the Blue Jackets with 38.8 seconds remaining.
Johnson, who entered the game with a 5-1-0 career record against the Blue Jackets, made 33 saves for the Sabres.
Bjorkstrand opened the scoring at 12 minutes of the first period with a power-play goal. With Boone Jenner parked in front of the net, Johnson was screened on the play and Bjorkstrand held the puck momentarily before launching his shot that made its way in the net.
NOTES: Sabres C Zemgus Girgensons returned after missing three games with a lower-body injury. Girgensons was hurt while blocking a shot during a penalty kill against the Vegas Golden Knights on Oct. 17. ... The Blue Jackets recalled D Markus Hannikainen from AHL Cleveland after C Lukas Sedlak suffered an ankle injury in practice Monday, but he was a healthy scratch. ... The Sabres played a back-to-back for the third time in the first month. They have 13 more this season. ... Sabres F Jordan Nolan played in his 300th NHL game Tuesday night against the Detroit Red Wings.