Sabres fall 4-3 in overtime to Columbus

October 07, 2019 - 7:55 pm

The Buffalo Sabres clawed their way to a point on Monday night, but ended up dropping their first game of the 2019-20 season in a 4-3 overtime loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets at Nationwide Arena.

The Sabres were able to force overtime thanks to a late power play goal from forward Victor Olofsson to tie the game at 3-3 with 1:14 remaining in regulation. However, it was Alexandre Texier who gave the Blue Jackets the win after Sabres captain Jack Eichel turned the puck over behind the Buffalo net to Columbus captain Nick Foligno.

It was not a good start for the Sabres as they played a sloppy first period with a number of turnovers and missed opportunities for the offense to get pucks to the net.

The Blue Jackets got the scoring started late in the period, and managed to get two pucks behind goalie Linus Ullmark before the horn ended the opening frame. 

Oliver Bjorkstrand gave Columbus the 1-0 lead at the 18:09 mark as he was able to bounce the puck off Ullmark's right arm and into the net after a shot from defenseman Seth Jones went off the backboards and to the Blue Jackets forward on the other side. 

After a Henri Jokiharju tripping penalty with 1:04 remaining in the first period, Cam Atkinson cashed in just eight-seconds to give the Blue Jackets a 2-0 lead. Atkinson was able to get off a quick snapshot from Alexander Wennberg, and the shot from just below the faceoff dot beat Ullmark to the far-side post.

The Sabres never got any substantial pressure on Blue Jackets goalie Joonas Korpisalo in the first period, and ended up getting out-shot in the period by a 14-6 total.

The second period was the exact opposite of the first as the Sabres got pressure to the Blue Jackets' net immediately and forced a hooking penalty. On the ensuing power play, Marcus Johansson converted off a great feed from Colin Miller in the right faceoff circle to halve the Blue Jackets' lead to 2-1.

Later in the period, the Sabres applied more pressure deep in the Columbus zone, which resulted in the game-tying goal from forward Jeff Skinner. Blue Jackets defensman Ryan Murray tried to lacksadaisically carry the puck out of his own end, but unsuspectingly had his stick lifted by Skinner, who turned around and quickly snapped the puck past Korpisalo to tie the game at 2-2.

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