NHL Game Summary - Columbus at Buffalo |
(Monday, March 29th)
Final Score: Buffalo 6, Columbus 0
Buffalo, NY (Sports Network) - Dmitri Kalinin posted the first two-goal game
of his career and Martin Biron made 23 saves, helping the Buffalo Sabres inch
closer to a playoff position with a 6-0 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets at
The Sabres are now just three points behind the New York Islanders for the
eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. Both teams now have
three games remaining.
"They've got to be feeling a little heat now," Sabres coach Lindy Ruff said.
"We want to put a lot of pressure on them."
Biron recorded his second shutout of the season for Buffalo, which remained
unbeaten in its last five contests overall (4-0-1). Derek Roy and Maxim
Afinogenov each had a goal and an assist in the win, the Sabres' third
straight on home ice.
Fred Brathwaite allowed all six goals for the Blue Jackets, who had a four-
game winning streak come to an end.
Buffalo dominated from the start, applying relentless pressure on Brathwaite
and Columbus. The domination eventually paid off when Kalinin scored his
first goal just 6:07 into the game.
Kalinin, a defenseman, jumped into the play and took a nice backhand pass
from Jochen Hecht near the left circle. He fired a wrister that was denied by
Brathwaite, but the rebound caromed off Columbus defenseman Scott Lachance's
skate and into the net for a 1-0 Buffalo lead.
Some solid forechecking by the Sabres forced a turnover just over two minutes
later, and Roy was the beneficiary. He took a pass from Afinogenov and fired a
shot from between the circles past the glove of Brathwaite and inside the
right post. Roy's ninth goal of the season made it a 2-0 game with less than
10 minutes off the clock.
The Sabres had complete control of the game in the opening period, holding a
15-6 shot advantage, while building a two-goal cushion.
The lead later reached 3-0 after Kalinin scored his second at 7:03 of the
middle stanza. Kalinin joined the rush to create a 3-on-2 and, after some nice
passing between Mike Grier and Chris Drury, took a drop pass from Drury in the
slot and deposited the disc into the back of the net.
Afinogenov later added a goal when his one-timer from between the circles
found the back of the net at 2:54 of the third period. James Patrick and Chris
Taylor later turned the game into a bona fide rout with goals in the final six
Kalinin also added an assist in the win...The shutout was the 17th of Biron's
career...Hecht now has six goals and 10 assists in his last 11 games...The
Sabres won for just the second time in six all-time tilts against the Blue
Jackets (2-3-1)...Drury has a goal and five assists in his last three
contests...Patrick scored his first goal since January 17 against the
Islanders, a span of 17 games. He now has four goals this season...Columbus
had its two-game road winning streak halted.
03/29 23:55:19 ET