Sabres open the preseason with a 4-1 win over Columbus

September 18, 2018 - 12:04 am

The Buffalo Sabres opened the preseason with a 4-1 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Monday night at Nationwide Arena in Columbus. 

Alexander Nylander and Tage Thompson both tallied two assists in the win, leading the team in points for the evening. Patrik Berglund, Nathan Beaulieu, Kyle Criscuolo and Andrew Oglevie scored for the Sabres. Goaltender Linus Ullmark started the game for the Blue and Gold, stopping 20 of 21 shots in two periods of action before Jonas Johansson relieved him for the third period. Johansson was perfect on 16 shots against in the third period. 

The first period was scoreless, with Columbus outshooting the Sabres 9-7 in the opening period. However, Buffalo struck first with Berglund's goal just 22 seconds into the second period. Thompson and Nylander went behind the Blue Jackets net to retrieve the puck, then Nylander found Berglund in the slot for the one timer to open the scoring. 

Beaulieu scored what would be the game winner on the power play, thanks to some solid puck movement again involving Nylander and Thompson. Columbus defenseman David Savard scored just 8 seconds after Beaulieu's goal, but then Criscuolo scored to make it 3-1 to end the second period. 

Oglevie tapped in a rebound to round out the scoring in the third period, and the Sabres won 4-1 despite being outshot 37-20 in the game. 

The Sabres play next on Tuesday night at KeyBank Center against the Pittsburgh Penguins, faceoff at 7p.m. Expect to see the likes of Jack Eichel, Rasmus Dahlin and Jeff Skinner for that game, as Rick Jeanerette and Rob Ray have the call Tuesday night on WGR. 


First period: 

No scoring

Second Period: 

  • (0:22) - SABRES GOAL - Patrik Berglund (1) 
    • Assists - Alexander Nylander (1), Tage Thompson (1)
  • (6:31) - SABRES GOAL - Nathan Beaulieu (1) - PPG 
    • Assists - Alexander Nylander (2), Tage Thompson (2) 
  • (6:39) - BLUE JACKETS GOAL - David Savard (1) 
    • Assists - Anthony Duclair (1), Pierre-Luc Dubois (1) 
  • (13:15) SABRES GOAL - Kyle Criscuolo (1) 
    • Assists - Sean Malone (1), Tyler Randell (1)

Third Period: 

  • (2:14) - SABRES GOAL - Andrew Ogelvie (1) 
    • Assists - Scott Wilson (1), Evan Rodrigues (1) 


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