Post Game: Blue Jackets 4, Sabres 3 (SO)

Saturday, 01.18.2014 / 10:45 PM / News
By Rob Mixer  - BlueJackets.com

 

BLUE JACKETS 4 | SABRES 3 (SO)
FIRST NIAGARA CENTER
BUFFALO, NY




BUFFALO, NY -- Sometimes, it's best to revert to the old adage: they don't ask "how." They ask "how many."

It certainly applied to the Blue Jackets' gutty and occasionally white-knuckle shootout victory tonight in Buffalo. They were not at their best, they were prone to some mistakes along the way, but when all was said and done, they found a way to get two points and continue rolling. Tonight's victory was their sixth in a row - tying a franchise record - and moved them into the second wild card spot in the Eastern Conference.

And they would not have gotten there without their goaltender.

Sergei Bobrovsky, starting his second game in as many nights, was marvelous tonight at First Niagara Center. He was under siege early but the Blue Jackets steadied as the first period progressed, and fought back with two timely goals to go into the first intermission tied up 2-2.

Bobrovsky made 26 saves in regulation and overtime but was spectacular in the shootout (he's 3-0 in the shootout this season), stopping all three Sabres shooters to pick up two huge points.

The Blue Jackets took a lead into the third period and made it hold up for 59 minutes and 35 seconds. They took a late penalty (Savard, tripping) and gave Buffalo a prime chance to force overtime - and the Sabres did just that.

It was Myers again, pinching in and ripping a shot short-side on Bobrovsky with 29.4 seconds to go. On to overtime we went.

Both teams traded chances and the Blue Jackets had the better possession time, but neither side could get the winner in overtime. After Bobrovsky stopped all three Sabres, it was Ryan Johansen's turn to end the game...and he nearly ran out of room.

One deke, two deke, three, back to his forehand. "I honestly thought I was out of options," he said post-game. But he had just enough room to shelf the game-winning goal over Ryan Miller. 




Dubinsky's power play goal in the second period gave the Blue Jackets their first lead of the game, and it came at just the right time. They didn't play their best in the middle frame but capitalized on a power play chance that put them in the driver's seat. 



1. BRANDON DUBINSKY (CBJ)
No surprise here, but his line was the spark tonight for Columbus. They got things rolling with some long shifts in the Sabres' end, funneled pucks to the net and caused havoc in front of Miller. Dubinsky was rewarded with a multi-point night (goal, assist).

2. RYAN JOHANSEN (CBJ)
He didn't factor on the scoresheet tonight (until scoring the shootout winner), but Johansen anchored one of the best lines in the game. He played nearly 18 minutes and was credited with four shots on goal.

3.  SERGEI BOBROVSKY (CBJ)
Making back-to-back starts is no easy task - especially just coming off an injury - but Bobrovsky gave the Blue Jackets a chance tonight. His three stops in the shootout were as clutch as it gets.




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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 y - PIT 82 51 24 7 249 207 109
3 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
4 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
5 x - NYR 82 45 31 6 218 193 96
6 x - PHI 82 42 30 10 236 235 94
7 x - CBJ 82 43 32 7 231 216 93
8 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
9 WSH 82 38 30 14 235 240 90
10 NJD 82 35 29 18 197 208 88
11 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
12 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
13 CAR 82 36 35 11 207 230 83
14 NYI 82 34 37 11 225 267 79
15 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
16 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Johansen 82 33 30 3 63
J. Wisniewski 75 7 44 0 51
B. Dubinsky 76 16 34 5 50
C. Atkinson 79 21 19 -4 40
A. Anisimov 81 22 17 -2 39
N. Foligno 70 18 21 5 39
R. Umberger 74 18 16 -3 34
M. Letestu 82 12 22 1 34
J. Johnson 82 5 28 -7 33
B. Jenner 72 16 13 6 29
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
S. Bobrovsky 32 20 5 .923 2.38
C. McElhinney 10 11 1 .909 2.70
 
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